Pixure is a premium pixel art studio application for devices with iOs version 11.0 and up. The app is offered by Silver Fox and is compatible with iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad.
Aseprite is an open-source sprite animation program that allows you to create animated sprite and pixel-art. Its intuitive interface makes it very easy for beginners to draw characters and layers.
$14.99- Free trial available
#3Cosmigo Pro Motion
Cosmigo Pro Motion is a pixel graphics and animations suite that allows you to create pixel art and animations.
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Pixel art has a lot of uses nowadays, one of the most common being for video games. Yes, even in a time when games have hyperrealistic graphics that make you question whether it’s CG or live action, pixel art is still used just as often. That said, there is one example that was released more than a decade ago and still continues to grow with community submissions: Elecbyte’s M.U.G.E.N. Released in 1999, M.U.G.E.N is a freeware fighting game on PC where the creators made the framework and the community created the roster. The game’s code allows people to add their own characters by encoding movesets and creating character sprites in formats that the game will recognize and implement in the open roster. Character sprites are done in pixel art, and although the number of pixels used varies from creator to creator, the sky is the limit when it comes to character creation! While this encourages people to make their own characters, the majority of characters found in forums are taken from various forms of media, even if none of them are from the same franchise! You'd find matches like Superman versus Goku, Homer Simpson versus Bowser, Chuck Norris versus Bruce Lee, and so on. Each character would also have multiple versions done by different people, each with different movesets or appearances, and the database only continues to grow.
Do YOU want in on the M.U.G.E.N craze? Well, using one of the pixel art programs on this list, you can already make sprites for your favorite character! Paid pixel art programs like Pixure and Asesprite can give you a lot of features but even free pixel art programs like Gimp and GraphicsGale can get the job done. Ready? FIGHT!
Pyxel Edit is a Pyxer art drawing program that lets you work with tiles, inspired by the Pixothello and Cosmigo Pro Motion. It also allows you to make animations, and exporting them as sprite sheets or animated GIFs.
GIMP or GNU Image Manipulation Program is an illustrative digital freeware which serves as a photo-retouching program, image compositor, and image authoring. This program was created in 1996.
Windows, Mac, Linux
GraphicsGale is an sprite animation editor that allows you to create animated sprite and pixel-art. It offers a wide range of features like previewing your animations in real time while editing sprites or onion skinning.
Photoshop CS6, added new creative design tools and provided a redesigned interface with a focus on enhanced performance. This program is compatible with a computer, laptop, smartphone, and tablet devices.
$29.99- Varies by plan
Krita is a free and open source painting software for artists and illustrators. Is a great alternative to Photoshop, built and designed by artists who needed a fast and free tool to create original digital art or enhance print artworks.
GrafX2 is a bitmap paint program specialized in 256-color drawing. It includes a variety of tools and effects that make it particularly suitable for pixel art, game graphics, and generally any detailed graphics painted with a mouse.
Piskel is a free and an open-source online sprite editor that lets you create pixel art animations. This software program also includes onion skinning and lets users define frame rate. It available on both online and offline versions.
Paint.NET is free and lightweight image and photo editing software that runs on Windows PC. It features an intuitive user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and plugins for extra functionality.
Pixly is a complete pixel art editor for Android devices. It has many useful features, and it's specifically designed for use in phones and tablets.
Pixen is a professional pixel art editor designed for working with low-resolution raster art. With a unique color palette system, patterns, layers, and high-zoom support, this program has all the tools that pixel artists need in an intuitive, Mac-native interface.
#14Pixel Art Pro
Pixel Art Pro is a free pixel art application that allows users to create artworks that they can also share with their friends. It is offered by Dan Shepherd and is compatible with iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad with iOs 9.0 and up.
PikoPixel is a free Mac application for drawing & editing pixel-art images. It's easy to use and has many useful features.
Adobe Photoshop is a photo editing software that became the industry standard today used by professionals and hobbyists alike. It has plenty of features allowing amounts of photo editing jobs to be done.
$9.99- Free trial available
#17Paint Shop Pro
Paint Shop Pro is a program that lets you achieve your creative vision faster with simple, responsive photo editing and design features.
Pixel.Tools is a browser-based, HTML5 pixel art editor, with Wacom tablet support and collaboration features.
Pixaki is a powerful pixel art creation studio for iPad. It features many of the same features found in desktop apps â€” such as custom canvas sizes, layers, animation, precise color selection, and customizable palettes â€” but with a multi-touch interface that is just right for iPad.
PaintCAD 4Windows is a free program for creating digital pixel art with an unconventional spray method.
Instapix is an easy to use pixel art editor for Android. It has a user friendly color pallet and a color pallet manager. You can zoom and move the canvas when drawing. The app has auto save, which makes you never lost anything.
#22Pixel Art Paint Pro
Pixel Art Paint Pro is an app that lets you become a pixel artist easily, anytime, anywhere from your Android mobile device.
dotpict is a free app for creating pixel art in a simple and easy way from your mobile device. It can be downloaded and installed to devices with either iOs or Android operating system.
EDGE 2 is a free high-performance pixel art editor for both beginners and expert pixel artists.
#25Pixel Art Maker
Pixel Art Maker is a free drawing application for pixel art. It can be downloaded and installed on either iOs or Android devices. The app is being offered by Nekomimimi and has in-app purchases.
Free- with in-app purchases
Tile Studio is a complete development utility for graphics of tile-based games. The application contains a bitmap editor for creating tiles and sprites and a map editor for designing level maps.
BobSprite is a browser-based online tool for editing images in order to make them into pixel art. There are built-in commands n this tool such as exchanging, layers, zoom, blank, black, soft painting, color picker, and so on.