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Pixel Art Related

Posted by TreebuildPR @ 3/24/2015 20:44

Our Pixel Art enthusiast team was tinkering with a 3D printable pixel art creator app, and it will be a privilege to have you guys feedback on the user experience. 

Here is the beta version for you guys all artwork made can be export and saved or sent to be 3D Print.

Hope you guys like it :]  Let me know what you think!


Posted by DeProgrammer @ 10/26/2007 16:12
I just spent a few minutes making this tool for counting colors in an image file.

Posted by Sah War @ 1/6/2008 04:50

ColorPix(freeware) is a useful little color picker that grabs the pixel under your mouse and transforms it into a number of different color formats. You can use the built-in magnifier to zoom in on your screen, click on a color value to copy it directly to the clipboard, and even keep ColorPix on top of all other apps and out of the way.


Posted by Sah War @ 1/6/2008 04:46

Advanced Eyedropper, ColorPicker, Page Zoomer and other colorful goodies. THIS is an extension for Mozilla Firefox ONLY! Supports custom colour palettes that can be very useful when looking for the right colour value to fit your pixel work.


Posted by Ellian @ 10/4/2013 08:22

 A palette generator. 
Working with 4 base colors, you have a few options that allow you to blend them and make yourself a neat palette.


Posted by jalonso @ 9/10/2007 11:44

Create and edit GIF animations

  • Import graphics
  • Define animation
  • Resize, crop, rotate and edit bitmaps
  • Optimize GIF animations
  • Export animated GIFs

Posted by 8 Bit Dreams @ 5/8/2015 06:34

Think you know everything about finding images online? You don't.

A picture is worth 1,000 words. And that's just in the "physical world." Online, the 1,000 words:1 picture ratio is a gross understatement. Up here in Webbernetland, words are damn near meaningless. Most of what passes for "written communication" is a bunch of barely coherent word sneezes punctuated with hashtags, emoji, and nonsensical text-talk.

If you really want to get a point across, images are where it's at! I don't want to hear about your vacation, I just want to see pictures of you snorkeling and pointing at exotic sealife! Don't tell me how you're feeling when an animated Family Guy gif will more than suffice. Is there really anything you can tell me that a Game of Thrones screengrab won't? SRSLY.

Thankfully, Google is here to facilitate our species' downward spiral into the lingual apocalypse via a robust image search function. We've previously delved into some of the cool little tricks available in regular Google search—most of which are still relevant in the image side of things. But there's an additional bag of little tricks specific to the image side of search that you may not be taking full advantage of.

Backwards Image Search

Once upon a time this feature was only available to Chrome users, but now all the major browsers allow backward Google image searches. With this function, users can simply upload an image (or image URL) and find out where else that image exists online or even just find images that are visually similar.

Just go to the images.google.com start page and click the little camera icon in the search box to prompt a pop-up box where you will find the option to paste an image URL or upload an image from your computer. Conversely, you can even just drag an image from your desktop into the search box.

Search History

Whether you are aware of the fact or not, Google keeps a scarily detailed list of your all your Web doings. That's how it optimizes your eyeballs and sell them to advertisers. Feel like you're being used? Maybe you are. But keep in mind that's also how the company manages to keep all its neat little Web tools—like Maps, Gmail, and search—free to use.

Google is at least transparent about how it does business. The company gives you the option to view (and edit) the detailed online diary you might not have known you were keeping.


If you have a Google account (i.e. a Gmail account), you can view your online dossier by heading over to history.google.com (you'll probably be asked to log in to your account). Here you'll find a list of recent Web searches—including your Google image queries. You have the option to peruse your past queries via the search bar at the top of the page or just look back through time by clicking the older button at the bottom. You can revisit these old searches, or—should you feel the need to—delete them from your Google record by clicking the little box next to them and then hitting the Remove items button at the top of the page.

Advance Search Options

When you conduct an image search, you'll see a long list of choices to click on at the top of the page. At the far-right end of the option bar, you'll see a Search tools button. Click that, and it will highlight a bunch of advanced options, each with its own pull-down menu. Let's go through each one:

Size: This gives you a variety of choices in regards to physical image size including Large, Medium, and Icon. You can even get really specific by choosing the Larger than… or Exactly… options.

Color: Here you will find the default Any color option as well as Full color and Black and White. Transparent means that the image has a clear background—this option is probably only of use to graphic designers who want to add an image into an existing picture. At the bottom of the pull-down menu, you'll find 12 smaller color boxes that you can click on—this will return images where that color is featured prominently.

Type: This allows you to filter further for the images you do want, including Face (images where a human face is prominent); Photo (no clip art, animated gifs, or line drawings); Clip art (helps you get your MS Paint on); Line drawing (for when you want to do some coloring); Animated (you'll have to click on the image to see it in motion, otherwise the page would be chaos).

Time: Allows you to search within different time ranges. Why does this matter? Take a look at the difference in top image searches for "Bill Cosby" in November 2013 and those from November 2014. Notice a difference in the choice of images (and facial expressions) people on the Web were using?

Usage rights: This allows you to search just for images that you can legally reuse based on their stated license, the most liberal option here being Labeled for reuse with modification (a lot of Wikipedia files here) down to Labeled for noncommercial use (meaning you can't use it in any commercial endeavors). For more, check out How to Find Free Stock Photos That Aren't Terrible.

And More

If you're looking for the naughty stuff, you can toggle the default Safe Search in the top-right corner, which will prompt a pull-down menu. Also, if you really want to get into the image weeds, you can do an "Advanced" image search via the gear icon in the top right-hand corner. This will prompt a new screen, which will allow you to really drill down into the search terms and allow you to search with multiple filters in one easy UI.


Posted by d-p @ 9/25/2005 14:49
Online tool to build simple isometric buildings.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 9/15/2005 15:24

Posted by jalonso @ 12/14/2007 20:44

Take Paint further with this gem.
Ever wondered how to scale, clone and make custom sized brushed?
These tips may help. Chapter 2 is useful for creating doublewide pixelart.


Posted by 8 Bit Dreams @ 4/23/2015 08:47
PIXEL is an LED display for pixel art. Simply select the art from PIXEL's free apps on your Android, PC, Mac, or Raspberry Pi. After that, PIXEL runs in stand alone mode with no device connection necessary. Or leave your device connected and use PIXEL in interactive mode for things like Twitter feeds, interactive GIFs using the optional proximity sensor, and camera video phone feeds.

Posted by Retronator @ 2/5/2015 11:06

Pixelize is a Safari Browser Extension I made that toggles nearest-neighbour interpolation on images.

 
It's useful when using browser's built-in zoom (ctrl+ or cmd+) to enlarge pixel art images. It's very simple: a button in the toolbar allows you to turn nearest-neighbor interpolation on and off.

Posted by EdJr @ 7/24/2015 15:14

FixelJoint is a little Google Chrome extension that adds functionality to PJ, like a new comment editor, piece inspector, faving without leaving the page, etc.


Posted by jalonso @ 2/1/2015 05:26

Browsers have supported the PNG bitmap format for quite some time. But still, even though PNG files can either be made smaller than GIFs or, alternatively, can contain more colors, lots of Web designers keep using JPEGs and GIFs. In fact, even designers who (for other reasons) don’t care about old browsers still often haven’t made the switch to PNG. Is it just about being stuck with the old ways or is there a good reason not to switch? Sadly, it turns out there is a reason not to switch: gamma “correction” gone wrong.


Posted by fydo @ 2/18/2014 19:01

If you're putting pixels into any kind of a web browser, you'll want to be able to scale it up without turning it into a blurry mess. Unfortunately, web browsers are a bit of a moving target in that regard, but this blog post seems up-to-date on the subject.


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