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Pixel Tutorial by Riukkii Pixel Tutorial by Riukkii
:new: Added a FAQ list~

F.A.Q.
♦ Q: How do you make the background transparent in SAI?
A: When you save as .png a window should pop up. It will look like this:
Png by Riukkii 
You have to select the second option and then hit ok.

♦ Q: The window with the .png options doesn't appear.
A: If that window doesn't pop up, you may have to update your SAI. Older versions don't support transparency (32bbp).

♦ Q: Do you work in one layer?
A: No, I use different layers for lineart, base colors and shading.

♦ Q: How do you recolor the lineart?
A: You should keep the lineart in a separated layer. To color it, just lock the opacity of the lineart layer and color with a darker color than the shading.

♦ Q: I can't make an eraser brush that's binary.
A: Don't use the eraser tool. Instead set a new binary tool and change the opacity from the predetermined settings to 0.

♦ Q: Does only SAI have a binary tool?
A: No, Photoshop pencil tool or MSPaint pencil are the same as the binary tool.

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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 ;;

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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 Riukkii

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

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 © Riukkii
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:iconcynderen:
Cynderen Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This will be so helpful! I was so scared of making some pixels in SAI but I see that's so easy and simple. Thank you very much!!
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Riukkii Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017
I'm glad to hear that! A lot of people are scared of pixeling for the first time and think it's very difficult >v< But it's actually fun and I'm sure you'll enjoy it~ ^^
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Cynderen Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure I did that, it helped me a lot! Thanks again!! If someone would like to make pixels I'll recommend this tutorial. :D
orig04.deviantart.net/9a15/f/2…
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Shiemi-Hime Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
¡Muchas gracias por el tutorial! Tengo ganas de intentar el pixel art y esto me ha servido mucho ;w; <3
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Riukkii Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017
De nada! Que bueno que te sea de ayuda <3
Suerte con los pixels~! ^^
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DreamyHeart89 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Entoces cuàl es el pincel que utilizaste por las sombras?
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:iconriukkii:
Riukkii Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017
El mismo que utilicé para las lineas, binary tool (:
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:icondreamyheart89:
DreamyHeart89 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gracias :)
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BlueWolfRO Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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wacomire080x Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016
Thank you so much
Llama Emoji-02 (Blush) [V1] 
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:iconriukkii:
Riukkii Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016
My pleasure ^^ I hope it helps~ <3
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Tig3rZin Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016
Tutorial used : Pixel try inifnite
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XxJJDxX Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2016
best ever thank u so much!
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:iconriukkii:
Riukkii Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016
Thank you! ^7^
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Sadic-Sibilla Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Best tutorial ever! just what i was hoping for :D tysvm Bunny Emoji-68 (Bouncy) [V4] 
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Riukkii Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016
Thank you! //u// 
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Alice-Laiho Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so helpful!! :heart: Thank you very much for this,this was my first try Me as a pixel pagedoll    .I hope it's ok for a first try :D 
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Riukkii Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016
I'm glad it was helpful! ^^
That's awesome for a first try, great job! <3
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:iconazure-invader:
Azure-Invader Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Student Digital Artist
omg you're amazing

I have been doing a lot of pixel work so this will help
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SmartasticalArt Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
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Riukkii Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016
Ahh that looks really cute! <3 Great job~
Glad my tut helped ^^
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UntalentedChild Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
thank you for making this ;a;

untalentedchild.deviantart.com…
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:iconriukkii:
Riukkii Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016
My pleasure~ Glad it was helpful ^^
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cactuslilly Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016
Hi I just tried your tutorial and it really helped <3 my third ever attempt so its sloppy but here's what came out!
i.imgur.com/e4OYumE.png
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Riukkii Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016
Ahh great job! ^^
I'm glad my tutorial helped you ♥
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cactuslilly Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016
<3 thank you so much! I look forward to using it again
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cactuslilly Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016
If I may ask, I don't know why my lines look so rough around the first couple of steps when yours look so smooth. Do you only do one line of pixels or does that even matter? Even after antialiasing I felt like they looked rough
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Riukkii Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016
I noticed that too. Yes, I do one line of pixels. Even if I use 1px size sometimes the lines would come up thicker in some parts so I fix them with the eraser or just redraw them. Did you resize the image? Because that could have messed up your lines.
Here's how I would fix it: X by Riukkii
(coloring your lines may also help to make them look smoother)
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cactuslilly Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016
omg I can't believe you went through the trouble of actually working on it to show me! You are so sweet I really appreciate it c: I will try harder to be more patient and make sure they are 1px think. It does get tedious and a bit confusing sometimes. I can't figure out curves for the life of me but this just really boosted my motivation c: I did resize it, but I used nearest neighbor and it didn't seem to affect it.

Here's one I did with no harsh colors
i.imgur.com/O07qcKx.png

and here's another one but this one I super rushed through and looking at it now I'm embarrassed but I guess I need to practice a lot more
i.imgur.com/6Xuww81.png
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MornningGloryy Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Words can't explain how much this helped Italy (Globe Dance) [V2] 
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Riukkii Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2016
Ahh I'm really happy my tutorial helped you~ ^^
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:icondanny-the-hedghog:
Danny-the-Hedghog Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
YAY i really need this Cool Deserves a +WatchEmoji06 Emoji08 
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Riukkii Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2016
Thank you! ^^
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Danny-the-Hedghog Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce:  veee~Deadpool icon aaaw Lovely Shoujo Emoji (Huggy Hug) [V2]  North Italy Talking Icon   Your welcomeEngland (Objects) [V2] 
you rock don't forget that hug

Italy (Thumbs Up) [V2] i really like your artRitsu Tainaka (We'll make money) [V1] ,You have a Talent DON'T LET YOU'R DREAMS BE DREAMS JUSTjust DO IT!!! I am a dummy!Pasta!!!!Italy (Intro) [V4]
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:iconrisumiku:
RisuMiku Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016
I made a drawing! I'm really proud of it- fav.me/da6novh :D Thanks for the tutorial!
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:iconriukkii:
Riukkii Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016
It's really cute! <3 Great job ^^
I'm glad this tutorial was helpful~
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RisuMiku Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2016
Thanksies! :D
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:iconmstoryweaverstore:
MStoryweaverStore Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Student General Artist
This helped me so much, I've been wanting to make pixel art for a long time now. Thank you! <3
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TOMIRI94 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks^^
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:iconampraeh:
Ampraeh Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you soooo much ! I'm going to try it now Sanskit 
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VirtualDesignerVixen Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great! Thank you so much for making this :D!
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Sonigana Featured By Owner Edited Mar 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
I did it ;7;fav.me/d9vewnf
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:iconriukkii:
Riukkii Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016
Ahh it looks great! Such a cute character <3
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Sonigana Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!! Kao Emoji-04 (Cute) [V1] 
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:iconsnapwest:
SnapWest Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016
this is extremely help ful thank you!!!
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:iconriukkii:
Riukkii Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016
Ahh glad to hear that! ^v^
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SnapWest Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016
np
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:iconnakuart:
NakuArt Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! It helped me a lot~ Llama Emoji-23 (Shyness) [V1]

Here is the result: nakuruh.deviantart.com/art/Ann… >w<~ <3
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Riukkii Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016
Glad to hear that!
It looks so cute! <3 Great job ^^
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CheshlyTheEpic Featured By Owner Edited Jan 9, 2016  Student Digital Artist
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