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NES Color Palette and Pixels

October 14th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Cool Stuff

Ahoy, everyone! I have a treat for you all today. I found a picture of the NES’ color palette. The NES had a color palette of 52 possible colors. From that palette, I have created a Photoshop swatch palette. This means that by setting your image to “Indexed Color” and using this swatch palette, you can effortlessly create NES graphics that are faithful to the original color palette. Awesome. Here’s the Photoshop swatch palette:

NES Color Palette

Now, for pixel sprite creation, MSPaint has always been the best. However, for those of you with Macs (myself included), MSPaint is not an option. Instead, I recommend Pixen. It’s a pixel editor for Mac OS X. The latest version is buggy as all bloody Hell and I don’t know if the project is even alive or not. You might be better off rolling back to an older version (if you can find it). Anyways, here’s the link:


Have fun with your pixels, kids!

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Petruza // Feb 5, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Hi! this is what I was just looking for!
    I’m developing a game on NES, will tell you when it’s playable.

  • 2 Victor // Sep 2, 2010 at 6:09 am

    Awesome! Using for sprites right now, thanks man!

  • 3 liz // Oct 15, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    thanks so much!!! i have a project for school where i am making a microsite for the NES, and this is just want i needed. thanks again!

  • 4 Anthony // Jan 19, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    thanks, i used this on my fb profile hack.


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