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Why is scaling pixel art inaccurate with the pixel grid?

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Previously before using affinity I used a free software to create my pixel art. The software had this feature where when I scale an image it calculates and reshapes the pixels. It doesn't perfectly reshape but it does a pretty good job to retain the image.

So attached, I have the letter C as an example. you will see that one is the original size and the other is scaled down. but scaling the image the software adjusts the pixels which helps me fill in the blanks. It's not perfect but it does a pretty good job.

When I'm scaling my pixel art in affinity designer pixel persona, it does not adjust the pixels; rather, it just scales the image. Is there a way to get the same result as the free software i used to use?

You will see in the attached image there is a picture that shows the image not respecting the pixel grid.

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This is complex topic discussed before, so searching the forum might bring some answer.

  • Photo is better suited compared to Designer for such tasks
  • It offers „Pixel Art Resize“ with additional resample methods
  • you can try to switch view mode to „nearest neighbor“ (and use this during export)



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