You've probably seen them on Twitter before. Maybe you didn't know what they were called, or maybe you'd like to get in on some of that 8-bit avatar fun but you're not sure how to make one. There are a few ways, actually.
One way is to use Photoshop. Addison Kowalski has a video tutorial that will walk you through it.
Using a generator
Of course, if you're not artistic or don't have Photoshop you can always use a generator instead. Here's what I came up with using 8biticon.com, which lets you pick a random avatar and customize backgrounds, faces, clothes, etc.
Using an app
Yep, there's an app for it. Bitface for iOS is free but somewhat limited by the things you can customize out-of-the-box. However, you can unlock the item editor for $1.99 and create some pretty crazy things.
The featured image for this post was created with the free version of Bitface.
Maybe you're the artistic type and want something really unique. Maybe the Photoshop approach isn't for you. At make8bitart.com, you can create just about anything 8-bit style. The page is a huge canvas that you can draw all over. When you're done pushing pixels, you can save your creation and use it as your avatar.
This is about the extent of my 8-bit artistic abilities:
Handsome, right? If I ever need an 8-bit avatar, I'm sticking to the generators.
Now that you know how to create your own 8-bit avatar, let's see what you can come up with!