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.






11 responses to “How to make an 8-bit avatar … in 2 tweets”

  1. Fernando Avatar

    Brilliant! Just that James

  2. Cameron Avatar

    Haha, awesome! Gonna give that a try later!

  3. Marcel Avatar

    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. Oliver Avatar

    Done! :D

    Thanks for the inspiration and the base .psd

  5. Chris Avatar

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

  6. daniel Avatar

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

  7. rod rodriguez Avatar

    cool tuts, you’re work is inspirational!

  8. Lauri Kreutzwald Avatar

    Awesome! Gonna give that a try later!
    Lauri Kreutzwald

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  10. John Avatar

    I have a PS action that you can use to create 8-bit avatar images:

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