👾 How I Made 8-bit Art with Microsoft Excel

How to Make 8-bit Art Using Microsoft Excel

The retro graphics style or 8-bit used to be popular around 1980s especially on video games.

Well, if you bored at work, you can create your own 8-bit art using Microsoft Excel — yup, the program that you might already use daily.

Fill each cell one by one with a color until you see your favorite video game character appear.

How to make 8-bit art using Microsoft Excel

NOTE: I’m using Microsoft Excel 2013, but the guide should be relevant to other versions.

1. Open a new blank sheet on the Microsoft Excel. Select all cells by pressing CTRL+A simultaneously, and the outcome will be like this.

How to Make 8-bit Art Using Microsoft Excel

2. After cells selected, go to the Home tab, then select Format, and select Column Width…

How to Make 8-bit Art Using Microsoft Excel

3. Now, put number 2.14 on the box and click OK. This number means all cells will be converted into a symmetric rectangular shape.

How to Make 8-bit Art Using Microsoft Excel

4. If the cells become like this, you are on the right track. Meanwhile, in the rare case, 2.14 isn’t matched with the size of the cells — then you have to try guessing the correct number.

How to Make 8-bit Art Using Microsoft Excel

5. To create a pixel style, select the cell(s) and pick the background color you want.

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How to Make 8-bit Art Using Microsoft Excel

I recommend you to draw the character based on an existing image to make it easier. It also provides a perfect ratio for every single of the cell.

How to Make 8-bit Art Using Microsoft Excel

For example, this is what I made using Microsoft Excel — Super Mario with Goomba.

How to Make 8-bit Art Using Microsoft Excel

After your first 8-bit art finished, you can save the document and convert it into image format.


Some reliable XLS to image (PNG/JPEG) converters available for free, such as Zamzar, Convertio, and Aconvert.

This is the result after I converted it into PNG. The resolution boasts with 3040 x 1656 pixels, very crisp and huge. You probably want to see the full resolution here.

How to Make 8-bit Art Using Microsoft Excel

So, how about you? How was your first 8-bit art that made using Microsoft Excel?

Let me know in the comment section below! 🙂

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