Ninique's Minidollz

Tutorials - Patterns

Putting patterns on your pixel dolls is a nice way to spice them up. This technique is a fast way to do this in MS Paint, without having to recolor each pixel. For this example, I am using a polkadot pattern by Xandorra (no longer online) and the following palette:

  1. step 1

    The first thing you have to do is to prepare the pattern you want to use. Somewhere on the canvas, draw the pattern or paste one that you downloaded.

    Duplicate the pattern enough times for it to cover the surface of what you want patterned, and make sure it is a colour that you WON'T use on your doll. (Here I used bright pink.)

  2. step 2

    Duplicate your doll to another location on your canvas.

  3. step 3

    On the copy, recolour the piece of clothing in the colour you want your pattern to be. This would be done using the eraser tool. (If you use the eraser tool with the right mouse button, it acts as a color replacer, replacing the areas of the foreground color with the background color.)

  4. step 4

    Make your background color the color you used in step 1 for the pattern (here, bright pink.) Select the pattern, then place it on top of the copy. Make sure it covers the whole surface of the piece of clothing.

  5. step 5

    Change back your background color to white, then select the copy and move it on top of the original. Make sure this is done seemlessly.

  6. Variation: You can also use the above technique to make lace: Duplicate the base body; On the copy draw the lace as if if it were a normal piece of clothing; Then cover it with a lacy pattern and put it back!