The other day, I was thinking about graphics styles in video games. I realized that the old 8-bit style graphics never really got old for me. Maybe the newer generations don’t get it, but seeing 8-bit Mario always cheers me up.

I came across some blogs that show how to use Photoshop to turn any image into an 8-bit version. I don’t have Photoshop, so I wrote a simple application that does it for you!

It has both a command line tool, and a GUI on top of that. There are only three parameters, but it produces a satisfying effect. The GUI tool can only process one image at a time, but you get to play with the parameters. With the command line tool, you simply drag and drop as many images as you want onto the application, and it automatically converts them all for you! You can also run an image through twice or more, making the effect more pronounced.

Here are a few others:

You can download the application here.

It won’t work if you don’t have .NET 4.0 installed, but if you have windows then you most likely already have it.

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