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Pixel Tutorial by Riuori Pixel Tutorial by Riuori
Edit - I have the spanish version of SAI so the tools and settings were in spanish too. I downloaded the english ver and took new screenshots of the toolbar, now you have the tutorial entirely in english hehe xD Also corrected some writing mistakes ;;

Huge file! > A <

Okay, this is a tutorial basically of how I pixel everything. That chibi is a bit old, I've improved a little since then but it's a simple character and I think it's easier to understand the tutorial that way.
The image of the chibi used here is enlarged.
Here's the original: Kouki by Riuori

If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment, I'll try my best to answer them~ 
Oh and if you find any grammar/spelling mistake please tell me ;; hehe

Next tutorial will be... blinking animation~ <3

Featuring some guides about the basics of pixel art:
Pixel Art Tutorial- What the heck is pixel art? v1 by Pix3M Pixel Blending + Shading Tips by BluE3 DO's and DON'Ts Guide for Pixels-Unlimited! by Drache-Lehre

Also you should read this amazing topic about creating pixel art: Topic: The Pixel Art Tutorial

Please don't copy, edit, repost or reupload this tutorial.
Art and character © Riuori
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:iconlessandrant:
Lessandrant Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  New Deviant Student General Artist
Pixel Rose Thank you! :DPixel Rose 



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Riuori Featured By Owner 4 days ago
My pleasure! :D
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RazielTheRiddler Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
ive been trying to do pixel art for a long time, thank you so much for this tutorial i really appreciate it, your amazing :3!
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:iconriuori:
Riuori Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Cool! You're welcome (゚∀゚)ノ゙
And thank you! ♥
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marindalechat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for tutorial! now I get it! 
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Riuori Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Great~! You're welcome! ^^
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Sokabella Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This was very helpful! Thank you so much, I will totally use this~
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Riuori Featured By Owner 4 days ago
I'm glad to hear that~ ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ You're welcome!
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PonuryGrajek Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
Thank you so much! Your tutorial is so helpful ;u;
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StillnessTolls Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^^ thank you for the tutorial! I used ms paint for my doll~ but the explanation on eye shading was extremely helpful!! 
My doll is here> fav.me/d8ycsri ;^; all my thumbnails art broken and I don't know why!
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Alja15 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015
Thanks so much for this awesome tutorial!
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Riuori Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015
You're welcome, glad you think so <3
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DayonXVIII Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this great tutorial! I followed your instructions and these are the results
(my 1st attempt) 

GIF

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Riuori Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015
oh my for your first attempt is really amazing ^7^ I'm glad this tutorial was helpful~
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DayonXVIII Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Haha, Thank you! Guess I was lucky xD but all credit goes to your tutorial really, I was so happy that I found one with SAI, since its the only program I know how to use. 
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Riuori Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015
Same here, I only know how to use SAI //u// I've tried Photoshop but I just-- no TvT
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DayonXVIII Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Ikr? PS is great...but too complicated for me...with all those fancy brush settings..indeed nope. 
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SurprisePop Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  New Deviant
Very clear, and will help in the future! :D Thanks so much! <3
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Riuori Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015
My pleasure ^w^
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DarkFire262 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG! This helped me so much! :D
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Riuori Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
I'm glad to hear that! ^7^
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lightingvortex Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Fehnryr Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Trying to figure this out and my lineart looks like garbage D: Hopefully it's just because i haven't colored it, but we'll see. ><
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Riuori Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Ah that always happens to me =A=
The lineart looks awful but after adding colors, especially after coloring the lineart, it looks much better >v<
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Fehnryr Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Okay, so if you can't or don't want to, I completely understand, but is there any chance you could look at my attempt and maybe give me a hint of what I could do to improve it? Obviously I need to make a base that's a little more suited to pixeling (I modified a free adoptable base) and I think maybe bigger eyes and stuff. But if you have any constructive criticism, I would super appreciate it! 

Nika PIxel by Fehnryr
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Riuori Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015
For a first attempt this looks great! *u*
I'm not really good at giving advice. All I can't think of atm is that maybe you should try to use more contrasting(idk if this is the correct word?) colors for the shading and the lines. This makes a great difference in pixel artworks because it kind of makes some details that are difficult to notice because of the small size stand out.
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Fehnryr Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015
Thanks!!! I'll try that, it sounds like a good idea :D Even in my normal artwork I have that problem... I'm so scared of going too far with contrast that I always under-do it xD
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Fehnryr Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
It's starting to look a little better... we'll see. lol. 
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MysticAzelf Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is such a great tutorial~! You did a great job on it! :icongoodjob-plz: It helped me sooo much <33
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Riuori Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
hnng thank you! <3 I'm glad it was helpful ^u^
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MysticAzelf Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome~! <3
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DuskyTheWolf Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Me :Confused Kobeni Confused Icon 
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:iconriuori:
Riuori Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
I was like that when I first tried pixeling xD But it turned out to be really fun~ ^^
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joitimi Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you make it move?
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SamTheDerpyOtaku Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hate lineart too... :iconnyehplz: Great tutorial though!
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:iconriuori:
Riuori Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
linearting is tiring :iconmeangryplz: thank you~ ^^
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Bronze-ite Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a wonderful tutorial! 
Would the pixel tool work the same as the binary? From what I see, they seem pretty alike.
Also, it's just too confusing for me to add new tools and stuff into my SAI. ;;
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Powerfluff Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
WEEEE! THX! THIS HELPED SO MUCH!
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Riuori Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
Glad to hear that! ^u^
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BluE3 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:3 Thanks for the feature! Great tutorial, by the way ^^
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Riuori Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
No problem, your tutorial is very clear and helpful ^^
And thank you! 
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BluE3 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:3
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EllieBracha Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Whats confusing me is cleaning up the lineart. So you can't use the actual eraser tool? 
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Riuori Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
You can't use it because the anti-aliasing of the eraser tool will mess up your pixels. In that step when I talk of eraser I refer to pixel eraser, you can find the settings at the top of the tutorial. 
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Dandelion231 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This si a good guide! I'll try that out this evening ;u; Always wanted to learn how to pixel O:
Just one question: It seems that I don't ahve any options when I save a file as .png... where are these options you told about? o:
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Riuori Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015
Thank you! ^u^)/ I hope it helps
When you save an image as .png this window pop up 
i731.photobucket.com/albums/ww…
Then you choose the second option for transparency
If it doesn't appear you should try updating your SAI, ver 1.1.0 support transparent PNG files
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Dandelion231 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm, guess I need an update xD
But thank you cx ❤
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MariPocket Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so helpfull, I'll draw something in pixels thanks to this tutorial :la:
I have a Question, which font did you use for the title and subtittles (for the steps) I just love it :dummy:
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Riuori Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015
Glad to hear that! ^u^)/
ahh I love that font too, I have been using it for years now <3
It's "Cookies", here you can download it www.dafont.com/es/cookies.font
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MariPocket Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks a lot :hug:
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