Pixel Backgrounds

The Pixel is back and it’s trendier than ever!

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The pixel art style takes me back to my childhood, booting up to my 256-color PC, and that is one of the reasons I love pixel backgrounds on my new PC. The reminiscence that takes hold of you and the visuals that helped shape your time growing up, can have a profound hold on you.

The term Pixel, which stemmed from the combination of the words “picture” and “element”, is the smallest unit of a digital image that can be seen on a digital display device. Any digital image, video or text that we see on our computer screens, or on any digital display device for that matter-  is formed by combining pixels. Fun fact: prior to this it was a CRT “pixel” (which is actually scan lines comprised of light hitting grouped lines of color) using a combination of yellow, red and blue to generate pictures in motion.

CRT Scan lines - Dot matrix and pixel

Credit: yayimages.com

In recent years we have noticed an incredible rise in pixels, especially in video games.
One of the biggest reasons why gamers all over the are embracing modern 8 bit games, like Super Mario Bros, Sonic the Hedgehog, and the famous Minecraft, is that they evoke childhood nostalgia. A throwback to video games of a bygone era is a major reason that modern 8-bit games have been grouped into a popular category/genre, aptly named “Retro Games”.

This effect from nostalgia is hard hitting among designers, photographers and gamers alike – who are all discovering the use of pixel backgrounds, icons, art and more on devices and physical spaces too. Many up-and-coming artists are also dabbling in pixel art in order to garner the media’s attention and consideration for their work. You can find pixel art versions of pop starlets, superheroes, actors, animals, and much more. And since the World Wide Web is currently over-saturated with renderings with this minimalist blocky style, illustrators are pushing their creative limits in order to conceive innovative concepts to differentiate themselves from their peers.

Pixel Background


Types of imagery and stock photography, based on Pixel Backgrounds you can find above:

  • Stock Pictures / Pics
  • Royalty-free Vectors
  • Illustrations / Cartoons
  • Wallpapers / Backgrounds
  • Abstract Patterns
  • Isolated / Green Screens
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