Are you looking to create cool effects in an image? Do you want to upload an image online, but want to obscure sensitive information? Are you looking for an easy way to create image pixel art? If you answered yes to these questions, you need to know how to pixelate images. While many people avoid pixelation to create high-quality images, sometimes we can add pixelation effects to an image to create unique images.
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In this article, we’ll discuss pixelation, show you how to pixelate images, and add effects like blur, crop, and more.
What Does Pixelation Mean?
A pixel refers to the smallest addressable unit or element of a digital image (raster image). Image formats like PNG, GIF, and JPG use pixels to create images. An image consists of thousands of pixels, and these pixels blend seamlessly to form high-quality images.
Pixelation occurs when the pixels don’t blend properly, so we can see individual pixels in an image. Pixelation mostly happens when we resize or enlarge a raster image to the point where the image dimensions are very large for its resolution. As a result, the pixelated image appears blurry. While pixelation can reduce the quality of the image, you can intentionally use different pixelation effects to create cool images or hide private information on an image.
Why Pixelate Images?
Create Cool Images
When you want a high-quality photo, you should definitely avoid pixelation. However, if you’re looking to create a unique and cool image, you can pixelate it. There are many tools that let you add different pixelation effects to your images.
Hide Sensitive Information
If you want to upload a picture on social media or send an image to your colleague, but also want to hide some sensitive or private information in the image, you can pixelate the image. For example, you can use the pixelate effect to hide a client’s personal information. You can also crop the image to hide the information that you don’t want people to see.
Create Pixel Art
If you want to create stunning pixel art quickly, you can use pixelation effects instead of actually creating the image from scratch using pixels.
How To Pixelate An Image?
There are several ways to pixelate images. For instance, you can pixelate an image online, or you can use an application like Photoshop.
Here are different ways to pixelate images:
Pixelating Images Using Adobe Photoshop
Photoshop is a popular image editor for raster images. It offers a wide range of features for editing images and is also used for graphic design. Additionally, you can pixelate images with Photoshop.
Here is how you can pixelate the entire image:
First, open the original photo that you want to pixelate in Photoshop. Next, convert the image into a smart object. Go to the top menu, then select filer and choose ‘Convert For Smart Filters’.
Now pixelate the image – go to the top menu, then select filters, then pixelate, and select the Mosaic filter. This filter recreates the pixels as blocks of color. Photoshop also comes with several other pixelate filters, such as ‘Pointillize’.
Photoshop also allows you to choose the level of pixelation. Go to the preview window, where you’ll find a slider. To increase pixelation, move the slider to the right, or you can move it to the left to decrease pixelation.
Here is how you can pixelate portions of an image:
Open the image in Photoshop and convert it into a smart object by choosing the ‘Convert For Smart Filters’ option in the top menu. Now pixelate image using the Mosiac filter.
(Follow the first two steps above.)
Now, go to the Layers panel and click on the Smart Filters rectangle. Choose the Eraser tool, which allows you to delete small portions of pixelation. If you want to delete large portions, you can use a tool like Lasso or Marquee.
Choose the areas on the image from where you want to remove the pixelation effect, and click delete.
Filestack offers a range of tools and efficient APIs that you can use to upload, transform and deliver images and content easily. With Filestack Transform, you can easily transform and optimize image files. You can resize the images, change the file size, convert the image file into another format and enhance or pixelate images using different filters and effects. The Filestack image processing engine also allows you to bulk-transform images – you just need to augment the image URL with conversion parameters.
When you integrate the Filestack processing API in your app, you can:
- Crop images
- Resize images
- Rotate images
- Upscale and enhance images
- Add effects like Polaroid, shadow, and border
- Add filters like Blur, Sharpen, Sepia, and many more
- Crop, pixelate, or blur faces in images
If you’re looking for an easy-to-use online image pixelator, Pixelied is a good option.
The tool allows you to add cool pixelation effects to your images for free.
First, upload the photo you want to pixelate. You can also drag-and-drop the image to the editor. Pixelied supports PNG and JPG image files.
You can now apply different filters and effects to pixelate the image. For instance, you can blur the image, use the Film Grain filter, resize the image, crop the image, and more. Alternatively, you can use the ‘Pixelate’ filter to pixelate the image with just a click.
Download the pixelated image in your desired image file format.
Fotor is another online image pixelation tool to pixelate an image and convert it into pixel art or hide sensitive information. The tool allows you to apply different pixelate filters, such as Mosaic, blur, film grain, or background blur. You can also select the pixel size and crop the photo. You can even add text to photos.
You can pixelate images to create cool effects, hide personal information, or convert an image into pixel art. There are several ways to pixelate images, such as using an app like Photoshop, a powerful API like Filestack, or using online image pixelation tools.
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