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How to Make Pixel Art in Google Sheets (Easiest Way in 2024)

Google Sheets Pixel Art

Google Sheets Pixel Art refers to a creative use of Google Sheets to create images or designs pixel by pixel. Instead of using the platform solely for data analysis, users can manipulate the cells in a Google Sheets document as individual pixels to create digital artworks. 

How to Make Pixel Art in Google Sheets

Pixel art in Google Sheets is achieved by changing the background color of each cell to simulate a pixel in a larger image. Here’s how to do it:

1. Convert the Image to Pixel Art

Choose a tool or software to pixelate your image. This process simplifies the image into a grid of color blocks which makes it suitable for Google Sheets. For our example, we used a pixelation tool to convert the image into a grid format. Click "Upload Image" and download your pixel art image for reference.

google sheets pixel art

This is what the downloaded pixel art looks like.

how to make pixel art in google sheets

2. Create a Square Grid in Google Sheets

Prepare your Google Sheets canvas by adjusting the cells into a square grid format. To make each cell square, select all (by clicking the square between A and 1), then drag the row heights or column widths so each cell appears as a square. This adjustment ensures your "pixels" are square which matches typical pixel art dimensions.

pixel art google sheets

You might want to adjust your zoom level in Google Sheets to make it easier to view and edit the cells. You can select the three dots icon in your browser to adjust the zoom level.

how to do pixel art on google sheets

3. Color the Grid Cells

Match the colors from your pixel art to the cells in Google Sheets using a color picker tool. For this tutorial, we used the color picker tool from Canva.

pixel art on google sheets

With the pixel art as your guide, use the color picker to select the exact custom colors for your spreadsheet. Apply these colors to each cell to replicate the image accurately.

This is how the pixel art should look in Google Sheets.

We hope that you now have a better understanding of how to make pixel art in Google Sheets. If you enjoyed this article, you might also like our article on how to insert a signature in Google Sheets or our article on how to filter data in Google Sheets without affecting other users.

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