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Dithering help in for my pixel art?

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I plan on making a 2D SNES style RPG in the future.(Think Final Fantasy 6, Chrono Trigger, etc.) Since I can't hire an artist, and I may need some graphics that I won't be able to find in free graphics packs, I am currently teaching myself Graphics Gale so that I can make pixel art when the time comes. I have come across dithering online, to which helps your graphics look better. However, I am having problems with it, and it sometimes looks bad whenever I use it. With this image I have attatched, the dithering I tried to use makes it look bad. It ruins the texture of the image,(I want it to look smooth, like metal) and the dithering pattern is painfully obvious. I don't want the dithering to be obvious like it is here in my graphics. So, my questions are "how would you do dithering and make it look good?" "Why does my image look so bad?" "should you use dithering with everything?" and "how can you dither without ruining the texture of an image?" Thanks.
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Basically, dithering isn’t good for smooth objects.

Unless you are specifically limiting your pallet to 8-bit color, you need to use more shades (light-to-dark) of the color in question. Dithering lets you cheat with a small color pallet to emulate more colors/shades, but stay away from it as much as you can for making a smooth light-to-dark gradient.

Where dithering comes in is the aforementioned limited pallet scenario or if you are trying to give something more texture, like a rough boulder.

I'll try to get back to this post later with examples tomorrow, but I need to go to slp.
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