Can someone give pixel art tutorials for free? [Solved]

rojasstencylman

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I am still trying to learn Stencyl. I finally decided to ask AdventureIslands how he got good and he said:
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I learned Stencyl pretty much by trial and error, there were not very good tutorials when I first started using it. I started learning with Dangerous Dungeons and because I wanted every level to have some kind of new element from moveable boxes to jumping fireballs, it forced me to constantly experiment and learn something new.

Check out the example games that come with Stencyl to see how different features are done in them.

To improve in designing, play lots of games, especially old 2D ones, and keep eye on how different things and objects are designed in them and how they work.
But i realized that pretty much the only thing stopping me from trying to do what he did is that i cant make graphics to test with. Ill take tutorials for any free photo editing program as long as its available for mac. Also, if u know of any great pixel art tutorial, feel free to share it with me. I would prefer tutorials with Inkscape since that is what i currently have, but anything will do. Thnx!

« Last Edit: December 19, 2012, 06:58:07 am by rojasstencylman »
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If u get an answer to ur question, edit topic title to [Solved] by "modifying" ur first post on the topic
Also, if you want ur link to say something else like this one, which leads to the Stencyl Arcade, you do this:
[ url=http://www.stencyl.com/play ]hello[/ url ]

Hectate

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As a note, vector editors like Inkscape are not the most efficient route to producing "pixel" art. I would recommend GIMP as a free choice, but there are many others that have been mentioned here in the forums that other people prefer (including more free options).

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rojasstencylman

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how about GIMP tutorials then
Only the determined can even try to make a game!
If u get an answer to ur question, edit topic title to [Solved] by "modifying" ur first post on the topic
Also, if you want ur link to say something else like this one, which leads to the Stencyl Arcade, you do this:
[ url=http://www.stencyl.com/play ]hello[/ url ]

Hectate

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Well I can't say that I've ever had to look up a tutorial for pixel art - not because I'm a pixel artist or particularly talented, just that I've had a lot of experience in messing around in various art programs so I knew how to approach the problem to get the approximate results I wanted.

Thus, google is your friend!

Here's a youtube video (a series of videos, apparently) that may prove useful to you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLvDDZnccQE
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lazyboygames

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Here is a very good tutorial for pixel art : http://www.petesqbsite.com/sections/tutorials/tuts/tsugumo/
 I used them. They are good, but I tend to prefer vector as I have used both.

rojasstencylman

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umm i have Gimp installed now but...ahh...i know this is a lame question but how do u put ur works u made on Gimp into ur game?
Only the determined can even try to make a game!
If u get an answer to ur question, edit topic title to [Solved] by "modifying" ur first post on the topic
Also, if you want ur link to say something else like this one, which leads to the Stencyl Arcade, you do this:
[ url=http://www.stencyl.com/play ]hello[/ url ]

MetalRenard

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When you press "save" in Gimp and just save without changing anything, you create a ".xcf" file which is GIMP's save file encompassing all your layers, edits etc.
Instead, go to the "save" menu and change the .xcf extension to .png or .jpg and tadaa!
Though .png is better and I'm not sure .jpg deals with transparency.
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lazyboygames

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umm i have Gimp installed now but...ahh...i know this is a lame question but how do u put ur works u made on Gimp into ur game?

What MetalRenard said. You should also read through the Stencylpedia. It helps a lot.

rojasstencylman

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i tried to open it when i saved it as a PNG but it wont let me
Only the determined can even try to make a game!
If u get an answer to ur question, edit topic title to [Solved] by "modifying" ur first post on the topic
Also, if you want ur link to say something else like this one, which leads to the Stencyl Arcade, you do this:
[ url=http://www.stencyl.com/play ]hello[/ url ]

rojasstencylman

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WHOA!! never mind i saved as a PDF! oops
Only the determined can even try to make a game!
If u get an answer to ur question, edit topic title to [Solved] by "modifying" ur first post on the topic
Also, if you want ur link to say something else like this one, which leads to the Stencyl Arcade, you do this:
[ url=http://www.stencyl.com/play ]hello[/ url ]

rojasstencylman

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Only the determined can even try to make a game!
If u get an answer to ur question, edit topic title to [Solved] by "modifying" ur first post on the topic
Also, if you want ur link to say something else like this one, which leads to the Stencyl Arcade, you do this:
[ url=http://www.stencyl.com/play ]hello[/ url ]


Carrill

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Don't start with pixel art. Start with art in general. Learn how to draw and animate and learn how to apply color. Then, go back and start practicing pixel art.

I feel that most tutorials in general limit people's creative freedom. It's someone teaching you to do something the way they've been accustomed to doing it for years, but it's not necessarily the best way of handling something for everyone or the best method for you.

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I don't think where someone starts learning art really matters, as long as you're practicing something new and relevant you're benefiting your skills, and I know a few people, and myself partially included, who've developed most of their artistic talent through pixel art. In a lot of ways, starting with pixel art can be helpful because of its convenience and small requirement for resources.

If a tutorial goes against someone's personal style or method then it might be worth avoiding, but most of the time the people who read tutorials are newcomers with no such established practices, so there's going to be the same unfamiliarity no matter how they develop their skill. In the end, people will always optimize how they work to make it most comfortable for themselves.

ipe 369

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I would use graphics gale over gimp, it's more tailored to pixelart specifically, whereas gimp is for editing photos etc, like photoshop.