Outlining Pixel Art

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Outlining Pixel Art

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Hello everyone,

I'm creating Pixel Art at the moment with PSP 2011 and would like to know if there's an easy way to set a one pixel outline/border to a pixel art?

Thanks for your help!
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Re: Outlining Pixel Art

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Could you post an example here?
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Re: Outlining Pixel Art

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Hello Marlex,

if I understood correctly, you can use the rectangle shape, setting its stroke to the desired pixel size and disable its fill color. Alternatively, you can use the pen tool in line mode, to draw a rectangular path around your art, setting again its stroke to the desired pixel size. In both cases, you probably want to set their anti-alias setting to Off (that's similar to having 0 feathering). Also, with these 2 methods you can change the shape/path settings via their Properties dialog, and transform the whole thing with the Pick tool at any time if you need to re-adjust it.

You can also draw the border manually using a square hard brush tip, setting its size as needed and holding down the Shift key on the keyboard every time you click on the canvas (it connects the point your click on with the point of your previous click, snapping them as a line).

Yet another way, If the border is to get applied to the whole canvas, could be via selections. You can Select All (Ctr + A) with 0 feathering, then choose the menu command Selections -> Modify -> Select Selection Borders, were you can set the desired pixel size and edge mode. Once you have the area selected, you can fill it with the desired color, and deselect it.

PS. In the last 2 methods described above, if you put the border on a separate layer you will again be able to transform it with the Pick tool at a later time (but not its thickness, feathering, etc).
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Re: Outlining Pixel Art

Post by Jean-Luc »

Select the Magic Wand Tool (see settings on the screen capture).
Click outside the drawing. This selects all that is outside the drawing. Be sure all pixels are contiguous.
PixelArt 1.jpg
Do Selections/Invert (this select only the drawing):
PixelArt 1B.jpg
PixelArt 1B.jpg (6.89 KiB) Viewed 232 times
Do Selections/Modify/Expand 1 pixel:
PixelArt 2.jpg
PixelArt 2.jpg (8.65 KiB) Viewed 232 times
Select the Flood Fill Tool and click on the expanded border (see settings):
PixelArt 3.jpg
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Re: Outlining Pixel Art

Post by Marlex »

Thanks for all the answers! Jean-Lucs solutions was the one that did the job :-)
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Re: Outlining Pixel Art

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Glad to hear :)
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