do i need photoshop pro or will photoshop elements be enough or does contruct 2 come with the built in ability to do layers and pixel art how much investment do i need to make with regards to external software packages such as photoshop etc.
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You can use any program you like..
There are many free programs to make images, so your investment could be $0..
Use Gimp and Krita. They are both free to use.
The latest indie game dev Humble Bundle includes ProMotion, which is also a great pixel art editor and animator.
And it gets you a copy of Spriter, and Sprite Lamp to light your sprites. And loads of assets.
For drawing pixel art "on the go", try Pixly (which is free, and frankly quite amazing):
https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... ixly&hl=en
Adobe is offering Photoshop CS2 free of charge (it does have limitations compared to CS6). Just search Photoshop CS2 on Google (can't post a link due to reputation and post count being low). Plus I wouldn't worry about extra plugins. Photoshop CS2 should have everything.
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