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Pixel background tutorial by DidTheSqd Pixel background tutorial by DidTheSqd
EDIT: I'm keeping this tutorial up since some peeps still find it useful, but now that I know a bit more about composing BGs I want to point out an obvious mistake I made in this piece!

When creating a BG, try to watch your values and make sure the BG has clearly defined areas of light and dark. This BG is kind of weak because it's mostly mid-tones.



I'm no expert on this subject, but people occasionally ask me how I do my backgrounds, so here's an attempt to explain my methods! Even if you're not a pixel artist, I definitely recommend trying some tiny pixel backgrounds if backgrounds are something you struggle with - it's a great way to get used to playing with colors/composition without getting too hung up on details.

I do all of my art in sai, but the basic ideas here should apply to any art program. Here's a link to another tutorial that shows my pixel brush setup: didthesqd.deviantart.com/art/M…

Here's a great video for learning sai's functions if you've never used it before: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcjepT…

Here's an interesting video that goes more in depth about composition: www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8i7OK…

And here's a great series of videos if you want to learn perspective for man-made environments: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCW9D2…
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Cilexa Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017
You are the pixel master
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HyperWaddleDee Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa, mind blown. I'm only a beginner at pixeling, so this is incredibly fascinating. Thank you for posting this!
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Shalmons Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANK U~

((not only should i practice BGs just because, but i have a potential small game project in the future that would require at least one major BG outta me, lol))
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DidTheSqd Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NO PROB I HOPE IT HELPS~

and ooh O: i'll be interested to see that project!
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Shalmons Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol we'll have to see if it goes anywhere!
(the good news is i'd only be doing art--as long as someone else is working on making the game act like a game, it has a chance, haha)
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Arichy Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
yay! amazing tutorial! 
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DidTheSqd Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ty! 8D
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Nythero Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Student Digital Artist
AAAAAAAAAASJDJDJFJJFJFHFJBFF
UR AMAZING THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
Swooshies tho?
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DidTheSqd Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AAA TY I HOPE YOU FOUND IT USEFUL O: 

and yup GOTTA HAVE SWOOSHIES
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Nythero Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Student Digital Artist
SO USEFUL
IDK HOW TO SWOOSHIE THO
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DidTheSqd Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Look hur!  Mini Tutorial - Pixel Brush Setup for Sai by DidTheSqd

smooth binary brush = the swooshy brush :>
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Nythero Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Student Digital Artist
OOOOOOOOOOO
•O•
THANK YOU
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Dracorev Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017
omfg this is wonderful thank you so much for this
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SpectrumStarchild Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Student Artist
so cool!!!
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Kazutsu Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017   Digital Artist
Bless you for making this! <3
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PalieFox Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Student Digital Artist
amazing <3
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