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2. Create Your Grid and Choose an Image

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In the previous video, you created and named a blank spreadsheet.

In this video, you will turn your spreadsheet into a grid.

Then you’ll search for an image to inspire your pixel art.

Spreadsheets are made up of many small rectangles called cells.

These cells are set up in a grid of rows and columns.

Digital images are also created on a grid of many small pixels.

To begin, set up your spreadsheet to form a grid.

Each cell will be a pixel in your artwork.

Select all of the cells in the sheet.

Then, resize any column to make all of the cells approximately square-shaped.

You can also resize the cell height to ensure that cells are approximately square.

When your spreadsheet is a grid of approximately square cells, click on any cell to exit the Select-all tool.

Now that you’ve set up your spreadsheet grid, search for an image for your owncreative artwork.

You can recreate and customize this image or make your own.

Open a new browser tab and search for spreadsheet pixel art.

If you like, use additional terms to search for a specific type of image.

A clip art filter will help you find simple images that work well for pixel art.

Choose a small, simple image with less than six colors, and make sure it's school appropriate View the image in preview mode and then open the image in a new browser tab.

This way you can look at your sample image for guidance.

Switch browser tabs or realign your browser tabs as windows to switch between your spreadsheet, search tab, and guide image.

Now, it’s your turn.

Resize all cells to form a grid in your spreadsheet.

Search for spreadsheet pixel art.

Customize your search and filter your results if needed.

Select an image to inspire your project, and open your guide image in a new browser tab.

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Instructions
  1. Resize all cells to form a grid in your spreadsheet.
  2. Search for spreadsheet pixel art.
  3. Customize your search and filter your results if needed.
  4. Select an image to inspire your project.
  5. Open your guide image in a new browser tab.