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minc
« on: November 06, 2009 09:53:58 PM »

i have been looking around on the web for a free and idiot proof program to create pixel art, but could find nothing.

yesterday, i suddenly had an insight. why not make use of ms excel's grid table?
running a search on google, i found sites dedicated to excel art!!!
there is even a simple tutorial: http://www.labnol.org/software/spreadsheet-art-painting-with-excel/6074/
i think the background function is only available on the latest ms office though.

my creation:


original picture from stockphoto:


wanted to do a lotus flower cos its beautiful and symbolizes life and purity.
i grayscaled it to emphasize the actual flower rather than the colours.
from searching for an appropriate picture to completion took me about 2 hrs.

it was easy and fun to do, requiring just a little patience =D
i really love how it turned out, and now im really tempted to make a mosaic out of it!

comments are welcome, and post your own attempts too~!
« Last Edit: November 06, 2009 11:23:47 PM by minc » THIS ROCKS   Logged
aethelberga
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2009 06:11:24 AM »

Okay, that is genius. I never would have thought of this, but now I have to give it a try. Thanks for the tip.
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bennaka1010
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2009 06:18:50 AM »

Very neat! I am doing a pixelated painting on canvas right now! It is a 36"x40" canvas so it's huge! It's going to be a pixelated painting of John Mayer (a gift for my brother). I was also looking for a site that gave me not only a pixelated version of the picture that I wanted to create, but also a number system so that I could transfer the right shades to the correct places on the painting. My friend got me a kit for my birthday that came with paints and paper to print out the grid. The kit instructed me to go to diyart.com. You can go there and upload photos and then it gives you a paint-by-numbers grid to print out. I had to make a huge grid of 4800 1/2" squares onto the canvas  Shocked But it still helped a huge amount! Now I'm in the process of painstakingly painting each number. Yeesh. So I feel your pain! Haha.
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minc
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2009 05:22:20 AM »

Very neat! I am doing a pixelated painting on canvas right now! It is a 36"x40" canvas so it's huge! It's going to be a pixelated painting of John Mayer (a gift for my brother). I was also looking for a site that gave me not only a pixelated version of the picture that I wanted to create, but also a number system so that I could transfer the right shades to the correct places on the painting. My friend got me a kit for my birthday that came with paints and paper to print out the grid. The kit instructed me to go to diyart.com. You can go there and upload photos and then it gives you a paint-by-numbers grid to print out. I had to make a huge grid of 4800 1/2" squares onto the canvas  Shocked But it still helped a huge amount! Now I'm in the process of painstakingly painting each number. Yeesh. So I feel your pain! Haha.

ohhh thks for sharing that website, very convenient indeed!

but one thing i like about ms excel is it gives me more control and its actually quite versatile. you can add rows/columns/cells as u wish, copy paste, undo, add numbers/formulas etc. (im beginning to sound like a microsoft evangelist! lol)
best of all, allows u to edit freely and create your own original pictures.

wow ur 4800 squares pixelated painting sure is a lot of work... but im sure it will be worth the time and effort! *envy ur bro*
just curious, how many shades/colours are u using?
do upload the painting when its done, i cant wait to c it!
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bennaka1010
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2009 08:48:25 AM »

I'm using 15 shades. That website/kit has 15 different numbers..1 being the lightest (white) thru 15 being the darkest (black). Should be interesting. It's turning out well so far.
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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2009 07:45:02 AM »

This is an amazing discovery.  I definitely will be trying this with my excel.  Great work.
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bennaka1010
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2009 08:33:16 PM »

Finally finished my pixelated painting of John Mayer...Just thought I would share..

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LuvaMyChevy
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2010 01:54:32 PM »

I was looking for a program also, i want to make a coraline pixel quilt... this is so awesome that you figured this out, now i can steal your idea  Grin thanks
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