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How to use Anti-Aliasing?

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LadyKuki Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Okay... so all of my pixel art looks rough, and in order to solve this, I must use AA aka Anti-Aliasing. The problem is however, I'm having a rough time using it. Mostly around more complex shapes. Does anyone have a tutorial or something to help me out? I only know the basics behind this stuff.

Thanks in advance.
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FriendlyHand Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hi,
I don't think anti aliasing is the solution to whatever issues you see in your pixel art. Can you describe the problem in more detail?

can you link to a particular icon that is problematic?

Thanks,
FH
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LadyKuki Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
[link]

^ This. It's not an icon, but it's still pixel art nevertheless.

Or maybe I'm just being paranoid... who knows? =P
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FriendlyHand Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hi,
Since that image is a work in progress, it's hard to judge what needs fixing and what is just unfinished, but if you want to add some anti aliasing or blending by hand, one method is to zoom in, put your 1-pixel pencil tool on 33% or 50% opacity and then sample 1 pixel and draw on the pixel beside it at 33/50% opacity.

Check out the wikipedia page for more info: [link]
And these pixel art tutorials: [link]
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LadyKuki Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you. :D
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misaera Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
From my video game knowledge and observations, they do anti-aliasing by adding pixels of similar color between the background and the subject. So for that image you might want to add little purple-ish pixels in problematic areas.
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LadyKuki Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh... so you add it mostly around the outside of the picture, or the inside?

Bleh... I know it's used to make the picture stand out from the background. I just wanted to clarify, but thank you.
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DavidScript Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Anti-aliasing would make things look messy. You should look into dithering.
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LadyKuki Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Really?

I should look into dithering then... since it's not as hard anyway, lol.
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DavidScript Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's just time-consuming :nod:
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LadyKuki Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
It's fun, lol. Although I'm more random. :XD:
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