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Looking for Pixel-Art making software

A topic by Zapdexio created Aug 03, 2018 Views: 516 Replies: 11
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Hey! I just love Pixel-Art Games, and I make some too. Buuut I'm actually using Scratch for this (Yeah it's really poor) and I'm looking for a free Pixel-Art making tool/software to maybe make these faster... If someone could tell me one or two of these it would be great ^^'


just put piskel on google, is free


Hey there! Graphics Gale is currently free and a program that many pixel artists seem to like.
GIMP can also produce pixel art and there is also that can be downloaded as well.
MSPaint that comes with windows can also do it, but I'm not sure if you can get transparent backgrounds with that one, I don't really use it.
I actually prefer Pyxel Edit myself, I find it to be the most user friendly and convenient.  I hear the free version is buggy but it is available.  The full program is just 9USD at the moment.  Its still in beta, but has some great features that help build tilesets more easily, has onion skin for animations, and recently had an update that lets you save a default or preset palette that you prefer.   I know you're looking for free programs right now, but its pretty affordable in my opinion and if you decide you really like doing pixel art maybe it could be something to consider in the future.
Wishing you the best of luck, and I hope you have a blast!


Thanks for the advices! ^^


I used Piskel too for a project (well... half a project >_>), but gave up quickly. Ugh, web apps. I switched to mtPaint, which is quirky and clumsy but very lightweight, and at least it's proper desktop software. But then, I don't do much in the way of pixel art.


How come nobody has mentioned Aseprite?

It's free (as in free beer) if you get it from github and compile it yourself.

I second Momentary Unicorn re Gimp, because it is freeware & includes a pixelization filter :)


Wait, it has a pixelisation filter??

Yes. In fact it has a number of different settings for pixelization.

I also want to learn pixel art games from the starting. Is there any open tool to learn this rather than scratch.

ProMotion from Cosmigo hands down for me ( Although I like the earlier versions better than the latest one. The older versions were pretty much  a replacement for DeluxePaint

I greatly recommend Krita, it has amazing pixel tools and is under active development. Krita is free and open-source. It can be a slightly bit difficult than average to learn, I would compare it to Photoshop in this regard, it is near industry-standard level software, but it's worth the trouble.

It has pixel brush engine, pixel orthographic perspective guides and animation support and some other nifty tools, just google "krita pixel art guide" or something along those lines. make sure you look at guides from 2017-18, because Krita received a lot of large updates lately so any older videos will be outdated.

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