Pixel Joint Forum: The Pixel Art Tutorial. V. Creating a palette: When should I worry about colors? Well essentially what it comes down to is, what colors does the piece need to have? Then, as I go, how far can I get with those (until of course I need to add more shades). That's when the mixing occurs. -Adarias This is a common method of creating a palette for a piece. As the piece gets more complex, it becomes necessary to create additional colors to achieve more advanced shading, or to color new image elements or details. Another method is to create the piece in shades of grey, then add color later. Personally I find it easier to keep up with colors as the piece progresses, so I prefer the first method.
Color count You may find that pixel artists often advocate a low color count. If modern computers can easily display hundreds of colors, why shouldn't you use them all? Cohesion- When you're using less colors, the same colors will reappear throughout the piece more frequently. The first example is a simple black line. Color Ramps.