Pixel Art Tools / Apps

  • For those of you looking to step up your pixel art skills and tool set, I recommend Pyxel : http://pyxeledit.com/index.php It's cheap for what is able to do. $9 only!

    It's great for pixel art, pixel animations, and has tilemap features built in. I'm a Photoshop user (have been since the early days) but Photoshop isn't the greatest at pixel art.. I use Pyxel to create and layout and refine later in Photoshop if needed.

    Just thought I would share

    Cheers!

  • Thanks for this. I remember seeing it a long time ago when it was in alpha I believe.

    Definitely a nice looking and functioning pixel art tool.

  • Looks cool! Just purchased it and hopefully it'll help me learning some pixel art and animations, looks like animating is easier there than on PS

  • I was just debating using PS for pixel art and how well it would work. But I agree with you that this seems like it would be a lot more streamlined.

    One that I have used a little and is free is : piskelapp.com

    And another paid one which looks nice is: pickleeditor.com

    Also lets not forget this one which is great for animating : aseprite.org

  • Yeah condolent PS can get weird with it's timeline when animating sometimes.

    @Kuzie No Prob! PS is great, don't get me wrong. As long as you have created a set of pixel brushes, and your grid set up properly to streamline your workflow, it works. Though for pure creation I find Pyxeledit to be a bit easier and it retains proper pixel alignment when drawing. As in you don't get double pixels when drawing shapes or lines. It's more 'true' to pixel art.

    I've seen http://www.piskelapp.com/ neat little app... Pickle looks sweet! I dig mirrored drawing abilities. Will have to check it out.

    Aseprite - Great tool... Sadly I never liked it. :/ it's layout is very MS paint.

  • .@facecjf

    I just realized that you made Robot 505. I remember playing it awhile back, it's a really good game and definitely an inspiration. Also a great example of what C2 is capable of. So good work and keep it up!

    I'm curious, did you use Pixel Edit for those assets or another program? Or maybe they were done by someone else?

    I'm trying to get into Aseprite since it looks like it has a lot of great features but I am in the same boat as you. It's style and layout can be... difficult.

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  • Hey thanks for sharing this for pixel animations .I would definitely going to try whenever needed .

  • Thanks! Kuzie

    Actually the Robot 505 artwork was all done in Photoshop.

    No problem annduggan

  • Hi! Thanks for sharing this facecjf! I was actually wondering if there was some king of tool made for pixelart. I'll look into it, may be useful.

  • No problem - It's WAAAAY better than MS paint

  • Accidentally stumbled upon this yesterday and i'm in love with it..

    It's titled as a Procedural Tile Generator but can be used for pretty much any kind of pixel art plus it has onion layers ^^ and it's free <img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy">

    https://pnjeffries.itch.io/spartan-procjam-edition

  • Wow! Thanks for sharing ! Could save lot of time.

  • Accidentally stumbled upon this yesterday and i'm in love with it..

    It's titled as a Procedural Tile Generator but can be used for pretty much any kind of pixel art plus it has onion layers ^^ and it's free <img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy">

    https://pnjeffries.itch.io/spartan-procjam-edition

    Really Neat! Thanks for sharing <img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy">

  • I've always used Photoshop because it's what I know, with a bit of setting up it's good for pixel work but it can be a bit frustrating if you're jumping between a pixel art project and a HD one (you're constantly fiddling with downsampling and anti aliasing settings). The one thing that PS seems to be really bad at however is rotating pixel sprites - the rotated sprites always look bad and you have to jump through many hoops to get them to look good. Do any of these dedicated pixel apps do rotations well? I have a copy of Pro Motion 6.5 that I picked up in a Humble Bundle - but the interface has never clicked with me and also seems very buggy so it slows me down, so for now I've stuck with Photoshop but would probably jump ship for an app with good rotation and interface.

  • I've never posted anything before. Hopefully this will be helpful to some... I stumbled upon this software the other day:

    http://www.marmoset.co/hexels

    It is EXTREMELY easy to use, very fun and addictive. So far I've only used the free 14 day trial, but I will be purchasing a full license because I've never come across a piece of software that was so intuitive for creating pixel art before. It's very easy to create stunning images in a matter of minutes... both 2d as well as 2.5d.

    Best wishes to all of you!

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