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TUTORIAL: Pixelling an Avatar by Cupcake-Kitty-chan TUTORIAL: Pixelling an Avatar by Cupcake-Kitty-chan
A REALLYYYY BIGGG file. XD

I see a lot of people saying that they can't pixel, and I was inspired to make a tutorial (not like there aren't already a million pixel tutorials out there... >_>).

I know there's a lot of text, but I wanted to be helpful. D:

It's my first time making a tutorial in a graphical manner — normally I would just type it out — so I hope it looks alright and that the giant blocks of text aren't too intimidating.

My finished icon, if you want to use it: [link]

If you use this tutorial to recreate my double-scoop bear, you MAY NOT offer it as a free icon (and must state in the deviation title that it is not free) and you MUST link back to this tutorial in the deviation description. Thanks. <3

Feel free to show me your attempts. :) I probably won't have the time/get around to answering any questions, but if you do have any, post them here and I'll see what I can do!

*This artwork is (c) Carissa Sudul, aka Cupcake-Kitty-chan.
*You are NOT authorized to use this artwork. Do not copy, edit, steal, redistribute, re-upload, or otherwise 'take' this piece of art. Thank you!
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pokemon275 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! I wanted to thank you for making an awesome and simple to understand tutorial! (Especially since I've tried reading numerous others, and I only understood yours. XD) This was my end product: fav.me/d6zfcxi and again, thanks for making this tutorial!
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Cupcake-Kitty-chan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
I'm really glad that it was able to help you out!! Ahh, I don't think anyone has ever said that to me before, that it was so easy to understand. >u<
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pokemon275 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! I understood it better when I saw the pictures as well! Your pixel art is really cute too~ ^-^
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ImiTakata Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Эх, жаль английский плохо знаю(((
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Cupcake-Kitty-chan Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Я не могу перевести его для вас, к сожалению. :(
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ImiTakata Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Знаю
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IchigoNina Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is a great tutorial!
Thankyou for making it, it's really helpful~
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Cupcake-Kitty-chan Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Thank you so much for the compliment! ♥ I'm really glad that it helps! :)
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Cupcake-Kitty-chan Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
As I already said, no, I can't. I'm quite busy and don't have the time.

Try practicing. It took a lot of practice for me to get where I am now.
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IchigoNina Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
you;re welcome hunnie~
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VVanielle Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Thanks very so much for the tutorial, is very good!!!
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Cupcake-Kitty-chan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
I'm glad that it helps! :)

Thank you for all the comments, too. ^^
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faeriepuffs Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student Interface Designer
This is a cute tutorial. Definitely a favorite. I have a ton of friends that love to pixel, so this may help them. =)
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Cupcake-Kitty-chan Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Thank you muchly. :D And I hope that it can help people! I still need to make a more in-depth guide to color-selecting, animating, etc. Not sure when I'll feel like getting around to it, but it's on my to-do list if that matters. ;3
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faeriepuffs Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Ooh well I will be waiting for them then. =D What do you use for your animation?
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Cupcake-Kitty-chan Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
I use UnFREEz, because I use all cheap programs. XD It's not the most fun to work with. What I did recently was used GIMP to preview the frames (because doing it in UnFREEz is a pain) and then UnFREEz to actually do the animation. Sounds complicated, but it's because, with the Candie pixel, the outline changes shape/size, right, but with GIMP, it didn't hide the other frames during the animation, so when she went down, the border stayed the same height. XD
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faeriepuffs Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Well GIMP does hide the other frames. When you save it there is the 2nd dialog box and the option to hide the other layers is available. =D
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Cupcake-Kitty-chan Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
YOU ARE AWESOME.
Thank you!! :D
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faeriepuffs Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Haha, thanks. I discovered that a few months ago. =D
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Angelstar138 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Thanks so much 83 I used it for my icon~
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Cupcake-Kitty-chan Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
So glad you found it useful! :D
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Angelstar138 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
^^
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PinkPopcornWithSoda Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey see my icon??

I made it all in MS Paint thx to you!

though it took me 4 hours to do it O.O

BUT THX ANYWAY
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Cupcake-Kitty-chan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
I am so glad that the tutorial helped! And it looks really nice. :D

Haha, it can take me 2-4 hours to make an icon. XD But it is so rewarding sometimes!
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llenalove Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Hey Carissa..
see my avatar???

I made following your tutorial!! *.*
Thank you sooooooooo much *o* I'm so happy
but I have to tell you.. "practice practice practice" is the most important because is very hard to fix the scribble in the first step..
look the difference hahaha..

Thank you!!
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Cupcake-Kitty-chan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
I see it! And it looks excellent! :D I'm so glad that you found the tutorial so useful. <3
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lexypuppy228 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012   Digital Artist
what font did you use for the body (the text where u were explaining how to make the avvie)? i love it :O
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Cupcake-Kitty-chan Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
It's called like... SDKWangSoo or something like that... you can find it at I think [link] Let me know if you don't find it there and I'll find the exact name for you. :3

I love it, too, ehehe.
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lexypuppy228 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012   Digital Artist
I found it! ^^ it's sooooo cute! Thanks a lot for your help.
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Cupcake-Kitty-chan Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
Glad you found it. :)
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cshelly Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, this was super helpful!!
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Cupcake-Kitty-chan Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
No problem. :) Glad it helps!
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KatIsMehName Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
what site did u use to make this?
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Cupcake-Kitty-chan Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Site? I didn't use a site for any of this.

I'm also not certain what you're wondering about. To make the tutorial, or to make the pixel? The answer's still the same either way, though.
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KatIsMehName Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
ok I did make one cuz I did figure it out how 2 somewhat. this is it..
[link]
but how do i get the white off?
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Cupcake-Kitty-chan Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
I have a program called Irfanview, which is free. Open your icon with that program and go to "save as" and save it in either .gif or .png format. On the right-hand side, there will be checkboxes asking if you want to "save transparent color"... check that box and hit to save, then click anywhere on the white. It should save transparent. :)
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katchan97 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Ok I have 2 questions!
1) What program do you use to make pixel avatars?
2) What should the size of the file be? (In pixels s'il te plaît)
Please answer me back! I'm really interested in pixeling! :please:
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Cupcake-Kitty-chan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
I use MS Paint, the Windows XP version since I guess the Windows 7 version is all weird. If you don't have that, you can download GIMP and use the Pencil tool at size 0.1.

The file size is 50px by 50px.

Good luck! :)
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ChisaiCho Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
[link]
hehe :3 thanks again for the great tutorial!
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Cupcake-Kitty-chan Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Did you make that with the help of the tutorial? That's so cute!! <3
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ChisaiCho Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah :3 gee thanks..<3 but not really, it got far too big ;P
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taylorswift135 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
cool.... i'll look at that more latr
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Cupcake-Kitty-chan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
Okay :)
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Summer-Bubbles Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Uh, where can i create pixels at?
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Cupcake-Kitty-chan Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
I use the Windows Vista version of MS Paint, but there are many downloadable (free) programs you can use... I've heard of Paint.NET, and you can also use GIMP for pixelling if you choose the pencil tool and make the size 0.1. :)
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Summer-Bubbles Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
okay thanks!
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B4U-now Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Thank you so much for the link to this!
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Cupcake-Kitty-chan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Self-promotion. XD Good luck if you try it out! :)
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B4U-now Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
I will try. Doesn't mean I will succeed. xD
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