Hi, I’ve learned how to turn normal images into pixel art! I decided to make this post because I think some people would find it interesting/helpful.
Step one, picking an Image:
For this tutorial I’d recommend picking an Irl image, for this I picked an Image of the La Pietà sculpture.
Step two, resizing the image:
For this step I decided to resize it to 112x80
Step three, removing the background:
While you can not remove the background, removing the background will probably make it end up looking better.
Step 3.2, removing the background manually:
I opted to remove background manually by outlining the image and then deleting everything around the outline due to automatic background removal sites being pretty inaccurate.
Step four, choosing a palette and converting the image to it:
Personally I used the yellows and some blacks of the Pico 32 palette, I then changed the color mode of the image to indexed. If you’re not using Asesprite then you can use a site like ditherit.com. As you can see I also did a bit of cleanup.
Step five, cleaning up the image:
I don’t have many tips for this, it’s decently time consuming and my example isn’t perfect, the main thing I’d recommend is eliminating single pixels and instead clumping up pixels.
Step 6, finishing touches:
Personally I like adding an outline to make the image really POP!
Oh also, here’s another, much smaller example of me doing this.