Make Pixel Art With GIMP.

Update GIMP

First things first, you might need to update your GIMP software. Here’s how I did it on Linux Mint:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gimp
sudo apt-get install gimp-plugin-registry

Then you might have one more complaint about a “Resynthesizer Plugin”, so install it with following command (It is not contained with the PPA):

sudo apt-get install gimp-resynthesizer

The Pixel Process

  1. Open new file in gimp, 50x50 pixels
  2. Open layer menu (Ctrl-L)
  3. Set transparent background with Colors —> Set Color to Alpha
  4. Zoom to 800%
  5. View —> Show Grid
  6. Pencil: Mode = Normal, Scale = 1.0, Opacity = 100%
  7. Add Tab —> Palletes
  8. Edit Pallete


  1. Deselect All —> Ctrl – Shift – A
  2. Pixel Brush (Ctr Shift B) Hardness is 1.0 and size is 0.5
  3. Image –> Mode –> RGB


I used this tutorial to get started with this gif! Super cute. Took awhile. The goal is to use said pixels with a python script. But we’re a ways away from that yet.

If you’d rather not use GIMP or Photoshop, there’s also Graphics Gale.