A downloadable Plugin for Windows and macOS

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PixDither will stylize your footage back in time during the days of limited color palettes!

PixDither is an Adobe After Effects plugin that will quantize your 8 or 16 bit per channel color footage back in time to the days of restricted color palettes. Featuring over 20 color palettes and dithering methods paying homage to classic video hardware such as the Commodore 64 and even the more modern simulated environments such as the PICO-8. PixDither can authentically recreate retro raster graphics from any footage.

Dithering methods include:

  • Threshold
  • Floyd Steinberg
  • False Floyd Steinberg
  • Filter Lite
  • Zhigang Fan
  • Shiau-Fan
  • Jarvis, Judice & Ninke
  • Stucki
  • Burkes
  • Sierra
  • Two Row Sierra
  • Atkinson
  • Bayer 2x2
  • Bayer 3x3
  • Bayer 5x3
  • Bayer 4x4
  • Bayer 8x8
  • Cluster Dot 4x4
  • Cluster Dot 8x8
  • Horizontal 2x2
  • Horizontal 8x1
  • Horizontal 12x4
  • Vertical 2x2
  • Vertical 1x8
  • Vertical 4x12
  • Diagonal 5x5


  • Custom! (see below)
  • 1-bit Gray
  • 2-bit Gray
  • 4-bit Gray
  • 3-bit RGB
  • 6-bit RGB
  • 9-bit RGB
  • PICO-8
  • Gameboy
  • AppleII
  • CGA
  • VGA 2-bit
  • VGA 8-bit
  • VIC-20
  • Amstrad CPC
  • MSX
  • ZX Spectrum
  • Commodore 64
  • Commodore 64 - Pepto
  • NES
  • FamiCube - Arne
  • Web Safe

v1.1 Update!

  • Now supports custom color palettes! The new "Custom" swatch option will utilize the Adobe Swatch Exchange(.ase) file format that software such as Illustrator and Photoshop are capable of exporting within their swatch menu. Expand your color palette selection utilizing sites such as ColourLovers and Kuler! In the effects panel select the new "Load Palette" label and browse to your swatch file of choice. The palette will then be loaded into the effect and will persist within your After Effects project independent of the file on disk. The new "Reset palette" option will reverse the currently loaded palette back to the default palette state or you may load in another palette which will overwrite any previous one loaded in before. Swatch colors in LAB, CYMK, and Grayscale color space will automatically be converted into RGB with no loss in color precision.
  • New backend optimizations have been made to welcome the arbitrary amount of colors that the user may import. New speedups allow the effect to welcome up to thousands upon thousands of colors and still reach rapid-iteration speeds.


  • CC 2023
  • CC 2022
  • CC 2021
  • CC 2020
  • CC 2019
  • CC 2018
  • CC 2017
  • CC 2015
  • CC 2014
  • CC
  • CS 6
  • CS 5.5

Mac OSX version 11.00 or above required. Intel and Apple-Silicon supported!

If you encounter any bugs or wish to provide feedback be sure to hit up the community website!

StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, macOS
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(4 total ratings)
Tagsafter-effects, plugin


Buy Now$20.00 USD or more

In order to download this Plugin you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $20 USD. You will get access to the following files:

PixDither.plugin.zip 125 kB
PixDither.aex 130 kB