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DITHERING TUTORIAL - Basics by kitted DITHERING TUTORIAL - Basics by kitted
As per usual with my tutorials, while this is sorted into the Paint Shop Pro category, it can be applied to most graphic programs capable of pixel art, such as MS Paint or Photoshop. It is in this category because that is the program I personally use, but should work for you regardless. :D

A lot of people seem a bit confused when it comes to the subject of dithering in pixel art, and people seemed grateful for the short explanation on dithering in my last tutorial - I decided to try my hand at making another that elaborates more on dithering and different methods on it.

I am not at all a professional, and there's countless people a lot better than me with better methods and better explanations, but nonetheless, I hope this is helpful. For more examples of dithering in pixel art, look at this: Dithering Styles by ^ShoneGold
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DITHERING TUTORIAL - Basics by ~kitted A simple tutorial on dithering. This method can give you soft anti aliasing and smooth color transitions without additional hues or tones. A must for any pixel artist. ( Suggested by saiyan-frost and Featured by Mistress-Jaeden )
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BunsBoo Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
how to u get the dithering tool in photoshop?
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TheBowser95 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
This is gonna help me in my artworks.
Thanks a lot man !
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taynime Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Made a icon of this dithering tut
:D
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Sperkel-Derg Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much!
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thomzd Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
Very helpful, thank you :D
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EnoTeezy Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Image wont show up for me :(
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AnimaKuro Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was quite helpful, but telling us the number of pixels you use exactly would be more helpful in future tutorials.
The horizontal lines were quite easy to count as i was just repeating two pixels across then one pixel higher, but I couldn't count how many pixels you used in the vertical lines so i didn't end up with the exact amount and the end results showed this :(
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Hime-Oozora Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Thank you so much!! That was really helpful!
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Hhhhh oh well i tried~ 
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Chika-No-Shirube Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student General Artist
very helpful Thank you much.
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Aerodil Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Oh my gosh, this looks so easy! I will totally try it and give it a go!
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Younashi Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Great tutorial!
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KidArtist14 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is freakin' amazing. Thanks a ton
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Zazu75 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you. none of the other tutorials have been helpful!
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TeddyBearsCry Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
liar yur just jelly you cant do it Owo
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Zazu75 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
nah this one really helped me understand dithering and how to do it. i'm still a beginner at pixelating.
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eskaleR Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
thanks a lot for this tutorial!
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yami-joey Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student General Artist
You're beautiful!!!
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TKira Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
This guide was crucial for my first deviaiton, thanks a lot.
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MechaMefi Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Thanks a lot. Very usefull! I'm learning the basics, so this is perfect. Thanks!
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AwsmYoshi Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial, I used it here [link] :iconhappymeowplz:
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oesty Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks ^_^
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7lasmos32 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice tutorial, it helped me a lot. ^^
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Elaje Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
[link]

THANK YOU SO MUCH!
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eixharus Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student General Artist
diagonal lines , get it 8D
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MapleDragons Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! for a second there, I thought I'd have to do most of my work in my notebook instead of doing nothing on my Paint! :D
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MapleDragons Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oops, worded that wrong. I meant that I might be subjected to doing nothing on my Paint. :/
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The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Used the tutorial. :D [link]
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iLLTeKK Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thx for the tut
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wregular Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Super helpful!
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Jamato-sUn Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Really helped. Thanks.
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vaati-of-light Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks! I've learn a lot from this tutorial
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ScarletBlindness Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Great tutorial! This helped me ALOT with pixel art.
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pindanglicious Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist

what application you used? and if i used photoshop cs3, where can i found the 'dithering button'? ^^;
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Bigbrain446 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He's teaching you how to "dither" one click at a time. It's a technique, not a button.
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pindanglicious Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ampun bang
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Bigbrain446 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pablo Morgo
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ZakSaturday2468 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it works with anything that has a binary (pixel) tool, and it's all individual clicks, so it works from SAI to PS to MS Paint ^^
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TIMOTHEUS-25 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
awesome!!just gotta get used to the patterns... especially when they aren't just vertical or horizontal -> very helpful
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xMeganiumx Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is pretty helpful AND basic!!!!!!!!! Great job
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DuskHorse Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so helpful!
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Thank you so much! :3
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av1an Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student General Artist
very helpful, especially to a pixelling newbie like me!! thank you for this!! <3
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abulafio Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh, wow, I was wondering if there was a proper technique... well, YES! Thank for sharing, really.
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Lucinhae Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this tutorial! :hug: :rose:
I used here: [link]
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HecklerInk-Designs Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very Informative! :thumbsup:
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Daydreamings Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've just learned about dithering so this so useful, thanks for sharing!
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thia9uera Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
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DryBones44 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this, it'll make shading everything a lot easier. :B
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xMeganiumx Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is this that should really deserve DAILY DEVIATION! Congratz~
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Bunnypuma Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a great tutorial!
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RuinexX Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
Thankyou!
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