What are the best ways to do animated pixel art?

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What are the best ways to do animated pixel art?

Post by holyax » 02 Nov 2012, 13:38

Hi, I want to do a little aniamated trailer with pixel animation, 16 bit preferably. I know you can zoom in and out and the image becomes pixelated, but is there a better way in doing it? I mean maybe a brush which has a preset pixel function or some kind of layers which transform everything into large pixels (BG etc).
Any tips appreciated

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Re: What are the best ways to do animated pixel art?

Post by ematecki » 02 Nov 2012, 13:55

FX Mosaic ?
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Re: What are the best ways to do animated pixel art?

Post by holyax » 02 Nov 2012, 16:13

ematecki wrote:FX Mosaic ?
YES !!! :) thats perfect
thank you!

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Re: What are the best ways to do animated pixel art?

Post by holyax » 02 Nov 2012, 16:34

Oh and another question about erasing the pixel blocks. Is there a way to grab the blocks and erase them individually? Like a color sensitive eraser or soemthing :)
sorry Im very new to tv paint

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Re: What are the best ways to do animated pixel art?

Post by Peter Wassink » 02 Nov 2012, 21:29

holyax wrote:Oh and another question about erasing the pixel blocks. Is there a way to grab the blocks and erase them individually? Like a color sensitive eraser or soemthing :)
sorry Im very new to tv paint
what you could do is set up a grid with the same dimensions as your blocks (gridpanel) set it to snap

and then use a custombrush in the shape and size of the blocks as an eraser/drawing tool (normal click =drawing & rightclick = erasing (provided drying is on))
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Re: What are the best ways to do animated pixel art?

Post by holyax » 02 Nov 2012, 21:55

Peter Wassink wrote:
holyax wrote:Oh and another question about erasing the pixel blocks. Is there a way to grab the blocks and erase them individually? Like a color sensitive eraser or soemthing :)
sorry Im very new to tv paint
what you could do is set up a grid with the same dimensions as your blocks (gridpanel) set it to snap

and then use a custombrush in the shape and size of the blocks as an eraser/drawing tool (normal click =drawing & rightclick = erasing (provided drying is on))
Sorry, not sure what you mean by grid and snapping, could you explain more?
And the with the size of blocks isnt a bad idea, but I was hoping there would be a single click erasing option, by touching the color of the block it would be erased

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Re: What are the best ways to do animated pixel art?

Post by Peter Wassink » 04 Nov 2012, 07:42

holyax wrote:
Peter Wassink wrote:
holyax wrote:Oh and another question about erasing the pixel blocks. Is there a way to grab the blocks and erase them individually? Like a color sensitive eraser or soemthing :)
sorry Im very new to tv paint
what you could do is set up a grid with the same dimensions as your blocks (gridpanel) set it to snap

and then use a custombrush in the shape and size of the blocks as an eraser/drawing tool (normal click =drawing & rightclick = erasing (provided drying is on))
Sorry, not sure what you mean by grid and snapping, could you explain more?
And the with the size of blocks isnt a bad idea, but I was hoping there would be a single click erasing option, by touching the color of the block it would be erased
the grid can be set with the gridpanel, it forces the cursor to snap to a...well.. grid.
if you have set the mosaic FX in the fxstack at say 6x6 you can do the same for the grid in the gridpanel (set it to 6x6), so now the cursor can only move in steps of 6 pixels, if you now make sure you have a custombrush of six by six pixels (easy to get by picking a custombrush while the grid is on) then erasing a block becomes a single click option.
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Re: What are the best ways to do animated pixel art?

Post by holyax » 04 Nov 2012, 20:09

Thanks a lot, Peter!
I will give it a try :)

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Re: What are the best ways to do animated pixel art?

Post by holyax » 18 May 2013, 11:57

he grid can be set with the gridpanel, it forces the cursor to snap to a...well.. grid.
if you have set the mosaic FX in the fxstack at say 6x6 you can do the same for the grid in the gridpanel (set it to 6x6), so now the cursor can only move in steps of 6 pixels, if you now make sure you have a custombrush of six by six pixels (easy to get by picking a custombrush while the grid is on) then erasing a block becomes a single click option.[/quote]

Hi, I know it's been a while, but I never got to figure out where the custom brush size options are. I set up a grid and everything, but I cant find a way to set the custom brush to 6 by 6 pixels. :(

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Re: What are the best ways to do animated pixel art?

Post by slowtiger » 18 May 2013, 13:38

It doesn't count in px, only in %. You may construct a 6x6 brush and set it to 100% with antialiasing off, that should do the trick.
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Re: What are the best ways to do animated pixel art?

Post by holyax » 19 May 2013, 20:15

Thank you, I will try that :)

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Re: What are the best ways to do animated pixel art?

Post by mox » 21 May 2013, 17:12

You could use the mech pencil without antialiasing and draw everything in scale 1:1, then you will be able to export your animation in X2, X4, X8.... (in order to keep the good ratio).
Old school method but it's what you're looking for :)
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