What are the best sprite animation software for beginners?

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    #1Spriter

    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

    Amber Tian
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "Even though it got the job done, I would have preferred something more geared towards beginners. If someone doesn't have any knowledge in this area, they won't really be able to use it."
  2. 2

    #2Piskel

    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

    Kathleen Guerrero
    Written on October 10, 2018
    "It supports animation and the mere fact that it has an offline version is a plus for me. I am a mac user btw/"
  3. 1

    #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

    Nicole Powell
    Written on May 20, 2017
    "Aseprite is a fun open-source program that lets you create animated sprites and art. You can even create animated GIFs using the program. It is fun and easy for even beginners to use."
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    #4Pyxel 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

    Madison Santos
    Written on May 9, 2017
    "I think this looks like a great way for people to begin working with animation. It seems simple and easy to use. I think beginners would like that they can see actual animations quickly even though they appear pixelated. "
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    #5Krita

    Krita
    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.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Harry Ramos
    Written on October 10, 2018
    "The layout is very easy to understand and it is pretty intuitive. The useful tools are readily accessible for me. NO dropdowns or whatsoever. If you want to make it look simpler, you can also modify it."
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    #6Paint.NET

    Paint.NET

    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.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Marcela Molina
    Written on October 10, 2018
    "TOP PRO IS IT IS FREE. SECOND IS THAT IT IS EASY TO LEARN, AND BY EASY I REALLY MEAN EASY. :) U can even install and add plugins to it if you wish so.."
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    #7GraphicsGale

    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

    Ralph Hughes
    Written on July 24, 2017
    "It's a nice app. Lean and does everything you need for sprite animations. I've always had an interest in sprite work and this allowed me to experiment with them as an amateur without having to invest big money into a program like Photoshop."

Summary

Best What are the best sprite animation software for beginners
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1SpriterSoftware 5 Free
2PiskelSoftware 2 Free
3AsepriteSoftware 1 Paid
4Pyxel EditSoftware 1 Free
5KritaSoftware 0 Free
6Paint.NETSoftware 0 Free
7GraphicsGaleSoftware 0 Free
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