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A pixel art galaxy. 27*27 canvasses.

There are 12 distinct fonts lurking within this one. Spot 'em all and win a FREE Nothing!

Original size: 20.25pt (use multiples of this size for pixel perfection)

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-= LEGEND =-

A - Space Shuttle, B - Planetoids, C - Alien, D - Space Station, E - Pulsars, F - Satellite/Telescope, G - Planet & Moons, H - Kempler Rosette, I - Bar Sign, J - Space Bar, K - Interstellar Planet/Dark Star, L - Double Sun Planet, M - Globular Cluster, N - Earth, O - Galactic Plane, P - Asteroids, Q - Alien in Saucer, R - Black Hole/Wormhole, S - Globular Cluster, T - Dyson Ring, U - Giant Star, V - FS Nebula, W - Nyan Cat, X - Starship Enterprise, Y - Star-Forming Region, Z - Planet & Rings

a - Space Armada, b - Dr. Wily, c - New Stars, d - Binary Star System, e - Colliding Galaxies, f - Space Pirates & Mothership, g - SpaceX Roadster, h - Colliding Planets, i - Space Drone/Probe, j - Colony Ships, k - Ringworld, l - Halfmoon/Destroyed Planet, m - Uninhabitable Planet, n - Solar Wind, o - Wrecked Spaceplane, p - Escape Pods, q - 'Oumuamua, r - Moon, s - Molecular Clouds, t - Navigational Buoy, u - Marx, v - Substellar Companions, w - M57 (Ring Nebula), x - Space Lodge, y - White Dwarves, z - Death Star

0 - Big Star, 1 - New Spiral Galaxy, 2 - Old Spiral Galaxy, 3 - Supernova, 4 - Exploded Star & Nebula, 5 - Planet X, 6 - Quasar, 7 - Cruiser, 8 - Hypernova, 9 - Gas Giant

+= - Space Hotdogs & Food Sign, / - Planet & Comets, ; - Gamma-Ray Burst, : - High-Tech Planet, ' - Dense-Atmosphere Planet, " - Space City, £ - TARDIS,  - Sinistar

.,?!@#$%^&*()-_{space}{nbsp} - Starfields & Map Markers

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I add new art to this whenever I get more ideas. But I don't want the legend to be any longer than it is, so I leave the others for you to discover on your own.

Info: Created on 27th February 2019 . Last edited on 8th July 2019.
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40 Comments

The sky from Planet Pixel. Somehow, the random colors work with this one.

Comment by zephram 28th February 2019
Comment by zephram 28th February 2019

WOW!

Comment by SymbioticDesign 28th February 2019

That N planet is so beautiful! Great job, dude :D

Comment by Cookielord 28th February 2019

Thanks, guys! :D

@Cookielord: It's Earth viewed from the Western Hemisphere. You can see Baja California near the top center. Florida's in the top right and South America is in the bottom right.

Comment by zephram 28th February 2019

Galactic Map

Comment by zephram 28th February 2019

Do you think you can add one for a restaurant? Some of the users on FS are under 21...

I made an Alien Police Officer...

Comment by anonymous-1520403 1st March 2019

@77: Nice art! I like the hat. Anyway, the only thing I could think of to fulfill your idea was a hot dog stand, because it's small enough for the canvas and "DOGS" is only four letters. It's on "+", and I'll design a sign to go on "=" here in a moment.

Comment by zephram 1st March 2019

space-y

Comment by JingYo 1st March 2019

A preview with every tile :D

Comment by zephram 1st March 2019

[Space] is one pixel too narrow.

Comment by ImmaPooh 4th March 2019

The spacing glitched out a bit when I turned off monospacing.

Comment by zephram 5th March 2019

I like how the blackhole is looking.. :D

That somewhat shaded edge really looks good

Comment by Sed4tives 5th March 2019

looking at your description I dont think its a blackhole, but nevermind, still like the edge of it!

Comment by Sed4tives 5th March 2019

Animation w/every tile (made with Aseprite).

Comment by zephram 7th March 2019

In use as an album cover.

Comment by zephram 8th March 2019

Asperite is USD14.99... How were you able to use it?

I sometimes use a GIF creation site (like ezgif, cause it's easy to use and it's free) to create my animated GIFs...

I ckecked your math and you did it correctly...

Also, 27 divided by 2 is 13.5

Comment by anonymous-1520403 8th March 2019

I bought it, of course. It goes on sale fairly often (it does on Steam, anyway).

I've used gifmaker.me to stitch GIFs together before. Aseprite made this one easy because it can import sprite sheets as animations. You just put all your tiles in a big sheet, import it, tell Aseprite how big each sprite should be, and then it cuts each sprite out and gives it its own frame in the animation. It will detect the upperleftmost pixel of each sprite as transparency. This is the spritesheet I fed to the program (downscaled to 10%).

Comment by zephram 8th March 2019

I see... Is it possible to generate a GIF with it going top to bottom instead of left to right?

Comment by anonymous-1520403 8th March 2019

Yes, these are the options. I tested "By Columns" and it gave me sprites in the right order for top to bottom. It starts in the top left, moves down to finish the column, then heads all the way back up and right to the top of the next column.

Comment by zephram 8th March 2019

Drawing a new Glyph: Space Pirates & Mothership (video is sped up 7x and exported at 77% quality for maximum 7-ness)

Comment by zephram 8th March 2019

Loved it!

Based on the creation time of that vid (I saw: Created -6439 seconds ago), Your time zone is: GMT-3

Comment by anonymous-1520403 8th March 2019

Nope, that must be the timezone of the server I made the gfy on... much like we see Berlin time on this site!

Comment by zephram 8th March 2019

Oh... Did you know that Berlin uses CET, which is GMT+1 during standard days, and CEST, which uses UTC+2 during Daylight Savings Time?

Comment by anonymous-1520403 8th March 2019

Completed the a-z set!

Comment by zephram 9th March 2019

MicroCosmos - available now for ZX Spectrum!

Comment by zephram 9th March 2019

Don't know how I managed it, but there are now 100 glyphs. I only planned to do 26. Never has completing the Basic Latin band been such a challenge!

Comment by zephram 11th March 2019

COOL! It looks like a retro starwars game!

Comment by Extem Hedgehog 21st March 2019

Thanks! I'd love to see a game that looked like this, especially if it were on the Vectrex. That'd have to be the most ambitious Vectrex game ever, though. :D

Comment by zephram 22nd March 2019

Just revisiting some Fonts-I-Like... this one is so much fun! It's a long time since we've had something "continuous", in the sense of 'tiles' that can be set together to create a story board to assemble into an interesting tale. 

Comment by Aeolien 25th April 2019

Thank you, @Aeolien! That's the effect I hoped for. :D

Comment by zephram 10th June 2019

I turned some Microcosmos glyphs into FS avatars. These are free to use and conform to the optimal 50x50 size of avatars.

Comment by zephram 14th June 2019

Added 10 new pieces of art and 2 more blank canvasses. I can't think of any more space phenomena (or film/game references) to put in those just now.

I did have the idea for planets and galaxies formed by 2x2 tiles, but those could result in weird quadrants showing up when prewritten text is pasted into the font. The idea somewhat goes against the "space map generator" utility of this font since it requires the user to do more planning/editing, but it could also lead to more detailed art.

Comment by zephram 20th June 2019

Any chance of adding the number 42, a cocktail glas with layers of liquids visible plus an olive, a sign reminding all explorers of universes to "Don't Panic", a sign pointing to the famous galactic restaurant "Milliway's". And the babelfish is necessary for all galactic contacts ...

Comment by Aeolien 20th June 2019

@Aeolien: That drink is the one where a liquid's floating on a gas, right? I have added that and the "Don't Panic" sign. I'll add the others once I work out how to draw them :D

Comment by zephram 21st June 2019

It finally occurred to me that I should put some well-known constellations in here. I'll start with the Zodiac signs.

Comment by zephram 21st June 2019

Prrrrree-fect work :DD Wonderful additions, Garkbit would be proud to serve that cocktail and nobody would get lost following your flashy sign to Milliway's. 42 is self-explanatory, but I totally dig that fish! Thanks for those additions, the show has been a staple favourite since I heard the first BBC transmission *looking for a replacement towel*

Comment by Aeolien 21st June 2019

I forgot to applaud the Don't Panic sign,  it absolutely helps ................................. multiwhere and/or at hypertime

Comment by Aeolien 21st June 2019

Added 34 constellations. Really can't think of anything else now :D

Comment by zephram 25th June 2019

oh, cool, someone else who knows what a hypernova is.

Comment by KyYay 29th June 2019

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