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Stickied postModerator of r/PixelArt

Hey pixelardditors, 

So these changes have been needed for a while, and I finally have time to focus on this sub more.

TL;DR: Here are the main changes:

  • no more evil automod posts
  • title tags no longer required
  • new posting rules (see below)
  • old.reddit theme update

These changes are based on survey results, feedback from users and my observations. Here's some other info gained from the survey from our 100k post:

  • 93% of people here create pixel art themselves
  • 2/3 of viewers go directly to r/pixelart to browse
  • 2/3 of the people here use it as their main place to see pixel art

Changes

Tags are no longer required

All posts may be submitted without tags, and will not be removed unless they violate a rule (see below).

Pixel Art Submissions

While we will not be limiting submissions to pure pixel art, submissions still must be pixel art based (pixel level attention to detail). We will also no longer be accepting "pixel art recreations" in any other mediums.

Non-Original Submissions

Posts of other people's pixel art (which we do encourage) should still include the title and artists name in the post title. Preferably use the original source rather than re-uploading such as PixelJoint, Twitter or DeviantArt, and/or include a link to their profile in the comments.

Original Pixel Art Submissions

While not required, if you are submitting art that you created it is recommended you mark it as Original Content:

Critiques

While critiques will be allowed (and encouraged) on all posts, if you would like to specifically request critiques to improve your art, you may include [CC] in your post title, which will continue to trigger a comment reminding people you are looking for critique.

Works In Progress

While we will no longer allow art that hasn't been polished by hand, you may submit pieces that may not be at the polish stage yet by including a [WIP] tag in your title.

New Rules

  • Art must be comprised mostly of pixel art using pixel-level manipulation. Color reductions, index painting, computer generated, oekaki, aliased digital painting etc. are not permitted unless they have been cleaned up by hand afterwards or were posted with the [WIP] tag.
  • No pixel art recreations, eg Minecraft, Voxel Art, Perler Beads, Embroidery, etc.
  • Non-original pixel art must include the artists name in the title, and the original source either as the post or in the comments.
  • Be nice / supportive! There are many new artists here, and we want to be inclusive. Please don't do anything that might make someone feel unwelcome (this does not include providing critique which is always allowed).

I've also updated the How To Post On /r/PixelArt post. Hopefully this makes posting here easier for everyone and increases the number and quality of posts. Remember to keep voting (so we may take over /r/all), and reporting posts that break rules (so we can keep this place nice). Thanks for reading!

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Stickied postModerator of r/PixelArt

So you've finished a piece of pixel art and are ready to share it with us. Here is everything you need to know about that process.

Scaling

The first thing you need to do is resize your pixel art. At your piece's native size it will be hard for users of r/pixelart to view your art as it will be too small. They also will not be able to zoom in as most browsers blur pictures as they are enlarged (works good for photos, terrible for pixel art.

You should be able to scale your piece from within whatever pixel art editor you choose. Typically there is an option under the edit menu. There should be a few options that you need to set correctly:

  • Size - you should always scale your piece by a multiple of 100%. I recommend at least 300%. The width and height should both be at to the same thing.
  • Re-sampling algorithm - by default this is usually set to bilinear, but we need it to be set to "Nearest Neighbor". This makes it so the pixels are not blurred when resizing.

Backgrounds

A lot of sprites are created with transparent backgrounds. This is great for games, but doesn't work well on the web. Some web browsers / Reddit apps set the background to pure black, which can ruin a lot of sprites.

To fix this is fill the background with a solid color, usually something other than pure white or black.

Exporting

Next you must export your pixel art as an image. This option is usually under the file menu called Save As or Export. You should be able to choose which file type you use.

  • PNG - the most used file, small, supports transparency, no animation
  • GIF - required for animation, 256 color limit
  • JPEG - do not use. This is a lossy filetype meant for photos that will add noise and artifacts to your image, adding colors and blurring the lines. And for pixel art, will make the file size larger than the other two.

Hosting

  • Reddit - images can be uploaded directly to reddit by selecting an image instead of pasting a link.
  • Imgur - works fine for Pixel art, but if you submit a gif, make sure you change the file extension at the end from .gifv to .gif. The gifv file is your gif converted to a video, essentially making it a moving jpg. Gif will be smaller and crystal clear.

Tagging

Please use reddits tagging feature if your post

  • +OC - original content (if not using the reddit redesign, include as a title tag)
  • +SPOILER - content that may spoil stories
  • +NSFW - Nudity / Gore (No porn, please use /r/PixelArtNSFW instead)

Post Titles

If you are posting art that is not yours (OC), then you must include the artists name in the title, and link to the original source either as the post, or in the comments.

What else to put in your title (optional):

  • Name of the piece
  • Artist name
  • Palette name / hashtag
  • Software used
  • Specs (resolution, number of colors/tiles, etc)

Post Title Tags

We no longer require tags in post titles, but you may wish to include one of these optional ones.

  • [WIP] Work in Progress: Your piece is unfinished and may not be polished yet
  • [CC] Constructive Criticism: You want feedback on how to improve your piece

Or any of these to describe the content type: [QUESTION], [ALBUM], [VIDEO], [BLOG], [TUTORIAL], [SOFTWARE], [JOB]

And that's about it, you're ready to submit to /r/PixelArt!

Thanks for posting! If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or message the mods***!***

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We welcome all kinds of posts about pixel art here, whether you're a first timer looking for guidance or a seasoned pro wanting to share with a new audience, or you just want to share some great art you've found. We have just a few rules about posting, so just check those out and then show us what you got!

If you need help on how to post here, check out How to Post Pixel Art on /r/PixelArt, or feel free to post any questions or message the mods.

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Resources

Pixel Art: Where to Start - Guide on starting pixel art for complete newbies

Pixel Art Tutorials - Database of online tutorials you can filter by subject

Pixel Art Software List - Comparison of all most popular pixel programs

Pixel Art Palettes List - Download and use in any program

Format for job posts - Must read for people wanting to hire/volunteer pixel artists.

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Pixel Art Communities - List of other online pixel art communities

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