How to make an 8-bit avatar … in 2 tweets

8-bit avatars seem to be all the rage on Twitter these days, which is cool by me considering the bulk of my childhood was spent playing the Commodore 64 and first generation Nintendo. After watching a 5-minute video on how to create your own avatar in Photoshop (which is great, nice old school results) I decided to cut the process way down and post a #2tweettutorial on Twitter. Silly, I know, but it was late and I was messing around on the computer while watching Thundercats on TV.

Need a starting point? Here, download my tiny 8-bit Photoshop file.

Break the rules, experiment, make it your own. But more importantly, have fun.


  1. Brilliant! Just that James

  2. Cameron

    Haha, awesome! Gonna give that a try later!

  3. Ahhh, good old memories. And I’m so jealous that they still show Thundercats on TV in Canada. What about He-Man, Silverhawks and Galaxy Rangers? ;)

  4. Done! :D

    Thanks for the inspiration and the base .psd

  5. Love this. Brilliant remix of your default avatar – with the rainbow and everything!

  6. Reminds me of the good ol’ times ;) cool!

  7. cool tuts, you’re work is inspirational!

  8. Awesome! Gonna give that a try later!
    Lauri Kreutzwald

  9. raymond


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