How to do pixel art with paint

Updated April 17, 2017

Pixel art is a retro form of digital art using limited colours and basic image editing software. Early video game characters and environments were created pixel by pixel, and this style is the influence of pixel art. Microsoft Paint is a simple program that has remained the same throughout the different editions of Windows and is perfect for designing simple pixel art.

Click the "Start" button, then "All Programs." Click "Paint." Microsoft Paint will open.

Click "View," then set "Zoom in" to 800 per cent. Select "Guidelines" under "View." A grid will appear on the empty white space.

Select the "Brush" tool on the left side panel, and choose the smallest brush head. It equals the size of a single pixel.

Place a coloured pixel by clicking an empty square on the grid. Clicking and dragging will paint everything the pointer passes over. Working pixel by pixel to create objects is much easier then dragging. You can use many of the tools you would normally use when creating a drawing, such as the select tool or paintbucket.

Click "File" and "Save as" once completed. Save the image with a ".jpg" or ".png" extension.


Although pixel art is simple to produce, it takes patience to work pixel by pixel.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Windows with Corel Paint
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Located in Wisconsin, Sean Hemmer has been writing professionally since 2010. Hemmer has contributed several articles to and has written for a blog titled "The Tequila Sunrise." He started attending Blackhawk Technical College during the year of 2008 in pursuit of an Associate of Applied Science in information technology/network administration.