How to Pixelate an Image

When it comes to digital marketing, imagery is key. People forget much of what they read. But they can remember images that they’ve seen only once, for many years after their exposure to that image.

In the age of internet marketing, a big emphasis is put on high-quality images. Companies want their content to look crisp and clean.

Pixelation is often the result of low-quality imagery. And while that is often the case, there’s also a time when image pixelation is ideal.

Wondering how to pixelate an image and why you would ever want to pixelate an image? Keep reading below to learn more about pixelating an image today.

Why Pixelate an Image

There are certain times when pixelating a high-quality image makes sense.

For one, it can be a great way to blur out part of an image. For example, if the image contains sensitive information, like a license plate number, a phone number, or an address, you can pixelate part of the image to blur that section out.

Depending on the level of pixelation added, you can make the content unrecognizable and thus safe to share the image with others. Likewise, you can do this if a photo contains any indecency or vulgar text.

Other times, you may want to pixelate an entire image to add a vintage look to it. Depending on your goals for an image or marketing campaign, pixelating an image can make it look like it came from an 80s video game, which is very much in trend right now.

You can also use tools to segment images automatically, based on the objects in an image. Image segmentation by can locate objects within an image on a pixel by pixel level, whether the image is high quality or already pixelated.

How to Pixelate an Image

Here are some image pixelation tips for those trying to make a high-quality image look pixelized.

If you have a Windows computer, then you should have the Paint 3D app (formerly Microsoft Paint). There is a simple tool you can use in this app to pixelate all or part of an image.

First, import your image into the editor. Using the select tool, choose the area you would like to pixelate. Once selected, drag the selection box down, lowering the size of your selection until it’s quite tiny.

Click elsewhere on your screen to deselect the tiny image selection. This will reduce the quality of that selection, pixelating the image.

Then, click the selection again, and drag the corner to return it to its original size, covering the leftover whitespace. You’ll now see your selection as pixelated while the remaining image is the same.

If you don’t have a Windows computer or just want to use a browser-based tool, you can visit websites like or

Import your image. Make a selection of a part of the image, or the entire image.

Choose the size of your pixels, which is essentially the level of pixelation. Then download your freshly pixelated image.

Start Pixelating Today

Hopefully, our image pixelation guide has taught you how to pixelate an image the easy way. Using free tools, you can pixelate all or part of an image in seconds.

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