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How to Pixelate an Image Without Using Photoshop

Updated April 17, 2017

Pixelation effect essentially lowers the definition of images, while increasing the size of the individual pixels, or dots, that make up images. Although photo pixelation is often used for censorship, it can also be used as an interesting artistic effect. With the help of some free image editors from the web, you can pixelate your images without having to use commercial software.

Download and install a free copy of Hornil StylePix (see Resources). Start the program after the installation process has completed.

Click on the "File" heading at the top of the program and then click on the "Open" option in the drop-down menu that appears below the "File" heading. Import your image into StylePix using the file explorer window that appears.

Click on the "Filter" heading, navigate down the Filter menu to the "Pixelate" heading, and then select the "Mosaic" option from the sub-menu next to the "Pixelate" heading.

Download a free copy of IrfanView, install the program and start it (see Resources).

Click on the folder icon in the top right corner of the program. Load your image into IrfanView using the file explorer window that appears.

Click on the "Image" heading at the top of the program, navigate down the drop-down menu to the "Effects" heading and then select the "Pixelize" option from the sub-menu next to the Effects heading.

Pixelate your images using a free copy of PicPick (see Resources). Install the program and launch it.

Click on the menu icon in the top right corner of the program, and then select the "Open" option from the menu to import your image into the program.

Click on the "Effects" button and then select the "Pixelate"option from the drop-down menu that appears. In the "Pixelate" menu, drag the "Pixelate" slider to the right to add and increase the amount of pixelation applied to your image. Exit the Pixelate menu.

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