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Pixel Icon Tutorial in Paint Tool SAI by Sludgy Pixel Icon Tutorial in Paint Tool SAI by Sludgy
*EDIT - Made some grammatical corrections, but there may be more mistakes*

I would loooove to see the pixel icons you make from this tutorial so please link them to me in the comments if you have them in your gallery. Or just comment so I can see your icon in use :D Good luck!

Please +fav this tutorial if you use it, I would greatly appreciate it.
If you want me to make you a pixel icon I do have open point commissions at the moment. Please comment or note me if you're interested, prices may vary depending on what you want.

Other pixel icons by me:

Byrd (the wolf character shown in this tutorial) belongs to ~Reeftalon123 so please do not copy this character when making your own icon. This is meant only as an example and should not be taken as your own. Please respect the content of this tutorial.

Byrd and Reference image (c) :iconreeftalon123:
Art and Tutorial (c) :iconsludgy:
Do not trace, steal, copy, or claim this tutorial is your own.
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I love how you made the instructions easy to understand and easy to read.
For the pixel ed work ill say a great job with both the detail and the amount of work.
Thank you for the guide which not only helped me but helped others which was wonderful!Also i like how for each step has tons of detail plus is with pictures which makes it easier to understand!I wish it could have been in video form but this is great on how it is.Good job!Also i hope tons of people have great ideas inspired by your works!
For vision i put all stars
Origiality all 5 stars
Technique very high
Impact i out it on all 5 stars too
Great job
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DragonGirl1213 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
This tutorial is amazing! It really helped me! Thank you for making this awesomeness ^^
TheMysticalBreeze Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't have the binery brush tool :(
I have the full version on SAI I didn't crack it or anything I brought it
Is there anything else that will work?
Sludgy Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hi there, I'm sorry to hear you're having trouble with the Binary Brush in SAI. There are a few things I would recommend to you... First of all make sure it's really missing, I'm only saying this in the off-chance that you haven't scrolled down through your pre-set brushes to find it. If you can't find it there, here is a handy link to another Deviant's page that I've found:… which allows you to download the brushes and a few instructions. The instructions for putting the brushes into SAI are in the downloadable file (along with the brushes). This link says that if you have the full version of SAI you should have all these brushes, but maybe this will help you in case something didn't install right the first time. I really hope this helps, let me know how you go :D
TheMysticalBreeze Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Never mind I have found out it is now called the legacy pen
001devil Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lovely tutorial..^^...helped a lot
Check mine XD
Sludgy Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much, I'm so glad!
Your icon is spectacular. I particularly love the shading and lighting you did on your character, it really makes the pixel art 'pop'! Well done on the eye animation as well... Out of curiosity did you use a program to make the gif, or an online tool instead?
001devil Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank u so much *-* it was my first trial

i used this

i found this in comments XDD
Sludgy Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You did great for your first try :D

Oh you used the site I provided in my previous comments? I'm glad it worked for you, that means that it probably worked for the person I was advising it to at that time. Thanks for letting me know.
001devil Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanku so much....^^

 yup no prb ^^
Haruka-Takashi Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this great and all but when i try resizing the canvas, sai just cuts the canvas and shows the 50x50 in the middle instead
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