The art of placing pixels on a computer screen, in
order to create an image of some kind. The term (and in
some sense the art) is connected with the demo scene,
in that pixeled art is often incorporated in demos.
The scene is also probably where most pixeling is (or
at least used to be) done.
About the only thing that can be said about all pixeling
is that it's done for fun. If it's not fun, it's not art
and then it's not pixeling, but mere computer graphics.
In my humble opinion, that is.
There are different ways of making computer images, since
there are different programs around. Newer graphics software
usually work in 24 bits, which means virtually unlimited
palettes where you never have to care about whether you
have enough colours left. These programs are often equipped
with very sophisticated drawing tools and image processing
However, in the old days, computers were unable to display
24 bit colour simultaneously. The size of the palette
was very limited, as were the number of possible colours.
These were the days of programs like Deluxe Paint, when
you had to carefully plan your work, since you had only,
say, 32 available colours.
Now, there may be some confusion as to what kind of drawing
is qualified to be labelled as pixeling. I think that the
term somehow loses its meaning when applied to programs like
Photoshop, since you're rarely concerned with individual
pixels when you're drawing in such a program. It's kind of
abstracted on a higher level. As opposed to an old school
image, where the pixel is the basic building block and you just
can't avoid tweaking the image on a pixel level if you want
good results. It takes time, but it's almost a kind of