What are the best pixel art sprite editors?

asked by Esteve Castells
33 contributors
5 solutions
  1. 10

    #1Pyxel Edit

    Pyxel Edit
    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.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- $9

    Christopher Owens
    Written on December 6, 2017
    "Great little tool for pixel art. It's still in beta so there are some bugs I've come across, and there aren't as many features as you'd get paying big bucks for some pro software, but it's definitely something that would help anyone interested in the craft."
  2. 7

    #2GraphicsGale

    GraphicsGale
    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.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Scott Moore
    Written on July 26, 2018
    "I recently discovered the app GraphicsGale, and I really fell in love with it! It'a an animation editor that allows to create animated sprite and pixel-art in a very straight forward way, I suggest it to everyone wanting to try to make animations of this kind."
  3. 6

    #3Aseprite

    Aseprite
    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.
    Software

    Mac, Windows

    $14.99- Free trial available

    Christian Martin
    Written on July 27, 2018
    "Simplistic complexity combined with power is a good way to describe this incredible tool. This is maybe the best in its category, with a low price point attached. This gives me everything i need in a very powerful yet simple to use package. "
  1. 4

    #4Spriter

    Spriter
    Spriter is a 2D game animation program that allows you to create game characters and effects based on the "modular" method of animation. Thanks to its highly intuitive interface and advanced editing tools anyone can use it.
    Software

    Mac, Windows

    Free

    Danielle Gonzalez
    Written on December 8, 2017
    "My daughter loves animation and was looking for a program to help her create characters. She gave Spriter a try and really enjoyed using it. It was easy to learn and she got going right away - no big learning curve at first."
  2. 1

    #5Piskel

    Piskel
    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. 
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Sandra Henderson
    Written on July 26, 2018
    "Piskel is a free browser-based sprite editor. It's great for anyone with a casual interest in sprite editing."

Summary

Best What are the best pixel art sprite editors
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Pyxel EditSoftware 10 Free
2GraphicsGaleSoftware 7 Free
3AsepriteSoftware 6 Paid
4SpriterSoftware 4 Free
5PiskelSoftware 1 Free
Close

This action requires you to be logged in

Quickly sign in with your social media account:

What interests you most? (Select at least 3)

This will help us to keep things fresh and relevant!

Close

Now that you’ve found a solution...

Why not join our community of sharp minds and pro-active posters?

Be part of a rewarding interactive knowledge exchange!
Close

Join These Inquisitive Minds

Engage, learn and share with a friendly community versed in a massive range of trending topics.