People who used to enjoy the 80s game would remember at that time every game graphics adopted 8-bit style due to limitations of computer hardware. This retro graphic is mostly associated with several games, such as Super Mario, Pokemon, Megaman, and The Legend of Zelda. Like an old phone, this style is getting obsolete as the computer’s performance improves.
However, we can bring back the nostalgiac atmosphere by implementing a retro-style design for a sticker, wallpaper, or home decoration. As it turns out, making an 8-bit character is pretty easy. You don’t need graphics design software like Photoshop or Illustrator; all you need is Microsoft PowerPoint (any version).
You did not read it wrong, and I’ll guide you on how to make 8-bit art using Microsoft Excel. It’s a pretty fun activity during your boring work :p
How to make 8-bit art using Microsoft Excel
1. Open a new blank sheet on the Microsoft Excel. Select all cells by pressing CTRL+A simultaneously, and the outcome will be like this.
2. After cells selected, go to the Home tab, then select Format, and select Column Width…
3. Now, put number 2.14 on the box and click OK. This number means all cells will be converted into a symmetric rectangular shape.
4. If the cells become like this, you are on the right track. Meanwhile, in the rare case, 2.14 isn’t matched with the size of the cells. Hence, you probably need to replace the number by guessing.
5. To create a pixel style, select the cell(s) and pick the background color you want.
I recommend you to draw the character based on an existing image to make it easier. It also provides a perfect ratio for every single of the cell.
For example, this is what I made using Microsoft Excel, a Super Mario with Goomba.
After your first 8-bit art finished, you can save the document and convert it into image format. Some reliable XLS to image converters available, such as Zamzar, Convertio, and Aconvert is giving free services to turn the format using web apps.
This is the result after I converted it into a PNG image using Zamar. The resolution boasts with 3040 x 1656 pixels, very crisp and large dimension. Not bad! You probably want to see the full resolution here.
So, how about you? How was your first 8-bit art that made using Microsoft Excel?
Let me know in the comment section below! 🙂