I also just want to say please don't be put off by its wordiness. I'm a very visual person, I learn better from images and diagrams than descriptions, but for some reason my tutorials seem to end up as a wall of text. I think it's somewhat justified in this case as I've tried to explain things rather then just saying 'this is how you do it, you don't need to know why'. Sometimes that extra information can be beneficial.
I always think of Delia Smith in situations like this, when she started her How To Cook programme and spent half an hour explaining how to boil an egg. People called it condescending and ludicrous but the fact of the matter is if you don't know how to turn on a cooker and heat water to boiling point then simply telling you to 'put an egg in a saucepan of water and boil it for five minutes' isn't going to help you at all. Sometimes you really need to explain everything. I love you, Delia ♥
I really do hope some of you find this useful. Remember though that this is just a guide based on what I know of pixel art and how I work with it. You'll naturally develop your own techniques over time and how you colour will reflect how you might colour digitally or paint traditionally - and all of that is perfectly okay. Wonderful, really, because uniqueness is great. And like I mention in the tutorial, there are loads of other things you can look into if you're interested, such as anti-aliasing, isometric pixel art, creating palettes... There's so many great ways to work with pixel art, and so many wonderful things to create. So good luck, guys, and remember to have fun.
Oh, and if you create your first piece of pixel art using this tutorial then I really would love to see. Feel free to link to it in the comments so I can take a look.
--> Pixel Art: Basics for Beginners
--> Pixel Art: Animation for Beginners
I'm posting this tutorial up in time for Gasara's Birthday Celebration Contests. Hopefully some of you will be able to join me in making March pixelicious and joyous!
i swear to god its hard to find people who use gimp and prefer it
I'm getting back into pixeling, so this will definitely be of use. cx
this helped a lot thank you very much sir!
Your pixel art looks amazing! ♥
Simply drag your image as you have been doing. Like you mention, this will move the entire layer. Once you have your image centred click on Layer in the menu bar and then Layer to Image Size. This will change the layer boundary back to the edge of the canvas and your image will still be in the center. If you have a coloured background you can simply fill in any bits you need to with the bucket tool.
Hope that helps!
there's hardly any GIMP tutorials!
I've never made pixel art in Sai myself but it is possible using the Legacy Pen. You can't animate in Sai but everything else (such as using layers and the other tools) is pretty similiar. If you need any help with it just let me know and I'll see what I can do.
Have fun, m'dear!