Title: Pixel Art-Workspace
Software: Corel PSP x6
Author: Sheryl
Home: SherylsPage
Tutorial Home: PSP
Skill Level: Beginner
Supplies: None
Description: Setting up workspace for pixel art.

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In PSPx6, there's three different work areas. Manage, Adjust, and Edit. My tutorials are all done in Edit.

Pixel Art is painting with one pixel at a time so in order to paint, you need to set up your paintbrush
and set up the grid.
Click your paintbrush tool and set it to square,
Size: 1
Hardness: 100
Step: 1
Density: 100
Thickness: 100
Opacity: 100

paintbrush settings

Next go to View> Change Grid, Guide, and Snap Properties.

grid guide

grid properties

Be sure the setting for current image are set at 1 pixel for both Horizontal and Vertical grids.
You can make this the default if you primarily use the grid for pixel art and then next time you won't have to change these settings.
The color can be what ever you like.
Click ok.

To turn on the grid, go to View>Grid.

grid

One last step is to zoom in on your graphic to 800%.
I find the easiest way is to have the Overview palette open.
Go to View>Palettes>and click Overview.

overview

With the overview open, zoom in 800%. This will make each square on your grid, 1 pixel wide letting your paintbrush will fill each square.

Now you're ready to pixel.

overview