Pixel Art Related Links

Graphics (Misc)

Posted by TheInternetsGirlfriend @ 9/5/2014 14:50

I find it incredibly helpful to have a 100% view on the left and then a zoomed in version to work on and here is how:) 

Posted by drZool @ 8/18/2009 09:34

Q-Block is a Flash-based application that can be used to create and share 3D models made out of coloured square blocks.

Posted by jalonso @ 6/27/2014 06:02

A huge list of free 2D, 3D and other tools. Links compiled by Kato

Posted by Yanrishatum @ 10/9/2014 00:03

This Image Specs Tool scan given image, and then shows you a color percentage. It uses same design, as Blueberry Pie's Image Specs Tool, but in addition can highlight colors, so you can see, where exactly it used, and even process animated gifs with per-frame and overall statistics!

Please note, that this link is only until this tool is installed on PJ.

Posted by Nek @ 4/21/2012 19:27

An open source program to create animated sprites and pixel art. It features animated sprites, tilemaps and can export spritesheets.


*Untested by PJ, please post review is used.

Posted by josemwarrior @ 3/29/2016 11:03

"Pixly is a complete pixel art editor for Android devices. It excels where all other editors for phones and tablets fall short. It has many useful features, and its design was made with phones and tablets in mind.

Here's a quick list of the features you may find in Pixly:

• Animations with onion skinning;

• Layers;

• Mini view with customizable level of zoom for quick preview;

• Dropbox and Google Drive integration;

• Controls intuitive for touchscreen;

Try pinching with two fingers to move and zoom the artboard, or pinching with three fingers to change the brush size!"


The app supports layers, tiles, color ramps, symetry, a lot of color effects...

Give a try!



Posted by co_Opernicus @ 1/7/2013 05:40

   This is a great tool for biulding perspective grids as reference for your drawings. Checkout the videos to see how it works.

This tool was released by epic games... and it's free! 

Posted by Ellian @ 2/13/2013 14:52

Incredible palette maker. 
Move a few sliders, change hue, saturation and value, and voilà~
You won yourself a nice palette of 4/8/16 colors. 

Posted by HarveyDentMustDie @ 1/23/2014 06:13

Pixel perfect drawing algorithm

Posted by co_Opernicus @ 1/4/2013 11:18

 A great free image editor very easy to learn and with a very simple interface yet full of options. 

Posted by horcy @ 12/5/2006 14:48

Posted by Jinn @ 3/31/2015 21:52

GifCam has a nice idea where the app works like a camera that stays on top of all windows so you can move it and resize it to record your desired area. When you’re ready, just click a button to start recording.

Posted by jalonso @ 9/6/2011 05:38

Free online utiity gif compiler with several options.

This link is suggested by regnw

Posted by 8 Bit Dreams @ 2/17/2015 07:27

Giotto is the free Flash animation package made for you to design, not to code. With Giotto you can relax and focus your imagination on creative concepts, integrating stunning graphics and music into masterpieces of design.

The latest versions of Adobe® Flash® are moving away from designers. They are becoming more and more oriented towards coders. With the introduction of ActionScript 3, creating a simple action such as button click now requires ten times more coding than before.

Giotto has full support for ActionScript 2, but we made built-in effect generators that will help you create outstanding effects without any scripting at all. This software is made for you, designers.

Posted by yrizoud @ 4/12/2009 08:51

Free software for pixel art and index painting, similar to Deluxe Paint. Available on many platforms, including Linux, Windows and Mac.

Posted by jalonso @ 4/13/2014 05:01

A great tutorial by Indigo on how to do index painting using photoshop.
This is great for time saving production settings.


Posted by 8 Bit Dreams @ 4/20/2015 07:01

SPARTAN (Small Pixel Art Animator) is a freeware pixel art painting program specialised in creating small animated sprites for games.  As of version 1.2 it also includes a parametric toolkit for creating pixel art tiles generatively using a modular and visually editable set of procedural components.


  • Draw, Line, Circle, Ellipse, Fill, Select, Move and Pick Colour tools, set up to provide complementary functions on left- and right-click.
  • Hierarchical data structure that allows you to easily build up multi-animation, multi-direction, multi-frame, multi-layer sprites.
  • The ability to create linked frames and layers, where updates made to one are automatically applied to the other.  Makes it easy to maintain and create variants of animated sprites.
  • Freeform ‘scratch pad’ palette, which can be saved separately and re-used.
  • Colour mixing (on the palette, hold shift and right-click on a colour to mix with the current one)
  • Flip and 90º rotation tools
  • Colour replacement tool – can recolour all the frames in the sprite at once
  • Generate outline tool
  • Mirror editing mode
  • Optional pixel grid
  • Preview tools: horizontal and vertical tiling (for doing repeating textures), onion skinning (for animating), 1:1 Zoom quick-toggle.
  • Variable-speed animation preview (that you can draw in while animating, to produce natural movements).
  • Batch import and export
  • Export to icon (.ico) and animated .gif formats
  • Sprite sheet generation, automatically packing multiple sprites, frames etc. into one image and outputting a markup text file.  Allows sprite padding to prevent texture bleeding and has the option to limit the spritesheet image to power-of-two or square sizes.

Posted by M. Lucanius @ 5/19/2010 12:09

Perhaps this will help others who are also interested in palette selection and color theory. :)

Posted by jamon @ 3/27/2008 08:40
ImageJ runs on Linux, Mac OS 9, Mac OS X, Windows, and the Sharp Zaurus PDA.

ImageJ and its Java source code are freely available and in the public domain. No license is required.

Posted by 8 Bit Dreams @ 3/18/2015 08:12
Isoblox - an isometric pixel art tool project ("isoblox")

This project is hosted by SourceForge.net.

A cross-platform sprite-based pseudo-3D isometric pixel art modeling aid. Written in 100% BlitzMax. Uses precise building blocks and a minimalist interface. Blocks snap to a grid aiding with precise construction. Can also save and load creations.

Posted by 8 Bit Dreams @ 1/8/2016 13:40

Our Lose the Wait series is all about improving the performance of your web applications. As we have mentioned, a great way to lose the wait is to lose the weight, as in the weight of your page content. In our last post, we talked about using HTTP compression to reduce the size of the data that needs to be sent to the client, as well as the challenges that are involved.

Posted by 8 Bit Dreams @ 3/24/2015 08:43

Web browser based sprite program.

This is an open source pixel art drawing tool by me, jennmoneydollars!

Posted by Sonnenstein @ 12/22/2014 00:36

Make Pixel Art is a game-like drawing environment focused on creating low-res pixelized drawings. AppStore and Chrome Store

Posted by KalasMannen @ 2/6/2011 09:34

mtPaint is a graphics editor, that works on several platforms Description from the site:

"mtPaint is a painting program which Mark Tyler developed from scratch so he could easily create pixel art and manipulate digital photos.

It uses the GTK+ toolkit (version 1 or 2) and runs on PC's via the GNU/Linux or Windows operating systems. Due to its efficient design it can run on older PC hardware (e.g. a 200MHz CPU and 16MB of free RAM).

mtPaint is free software, which means you are able to freely use, modify and distribute it according to the GNU General Public License.

Currently mtPaint is maintained by Dmitry Groshev."

Posted by rod750 @ 4/10/2010 18:39

A fast and easy open-source graphics application for digital painters. It lets you focus on the art instead of the program.

Posted by 8 Bit Dreams @ 3/18/2015 08:03

MyPaint is a fast and easy open-source graphics application for digital painters.
OS: Windows, Mac, Linux
Price: Free

Posted by 1ucas @ 4/16/2010 12:26

I've created this little web tool for analyzing GIF animations frame by frame. Just submit some GIF URLs and you'll get a handy toolbar under each GIF file. All images on the viewer page are also zoomable, just click over them to zoom in, shift or ctrl click to zoom out and alt+click for resetting the zoom.

There's a couple of bookmarklets in there too, for submitting whichever page you are to the viewer or just embedding the toolbar code on any website you visit. New features coming soon!

Posted by IsoWayne @ 11/10/2009 16:56

This is a very good site. If you have problems saving your artwork as GIF Ex. It messes up the colors when you save it. Just save it as a PNG and convert it through this site. 

Posted by DraggonFantasy @ 1/29/2016 10:29

A Pixel art program, that I'm developing. It's still in development, but even current version is pretty usable.
The main feature of the program is extendability by plugins written in JavaScript, so everyone (who knows a little bit JS) can add almost any feature to the program!

Posted by 0xDB @ 3/7/2006 01:40
An Amiga computer paint tool suitable for pixel art and very similar to the old Deluxe Paint. It comes with some versions of Cloantos Amiga Forever. It can be run under an Emulator, so you don't need a real Amiga to use it.

Posted by 8 Bit Dreams @ 3/18/2015 08:05

Pinta is a free, open source drawing/editing program modeled after Paint.NET.
OS: Windows, Mac, Linux
Price: Free

Posted by 8 Bit Dreams @ 3/26/2015 08:54

Piskel, free online sprite editor. A simple web-based tool for Spriting and Pixel art. Create pixel art, game sprites and animated GIFs. Free and open-source.

Pixel art and animated sprites

Remember the good old 2D games and their beautiful sprites ? With Piskel you can create your own in a few clicks.

Live preview

Piskel gives you a live preview of your work.
You no longer have to guess how it will look like when it's done : you see it !

Your gallery

Keep track of all the sprites you created.
Everyone can see your public gallery, but you can keep any sprite you want private.

Offline versions

Offline builds are available for Windows and MacOS. Checkout the download page.

Export to GIF

Since we're animating images, might as well share them as animated GIFs.
So yeah.

Open Source

If you want to contribute or check the code, everything is on Github.

Posted by Alphasonicbot @ 11/18/2015 14:19

Lets you import and edit or create sprites, see them in a live animation, and save them as an animated gif, PNG, or spritesheet.

Posted by 8 Bit Dreams @ 4/20/2015 06:45

Alex Hanson-White AlexHW, primarily creates pixel-art for a living. In his free time he codes video games. Recently he been developed an online pixel-art editor.
Below are a few features that Alex feels set this editor apart from the rest.

  • Pixel with others simultaneously! With all my years of pixeling, I've never came across a tool with this ability that is geared towards pixel artists. I believe it will be useful for game projects with multiple artists or for quick gamejam asset creation between collaborators. It can also be great for tutoring sessions, or other fun collaborations.
  • You can record the entire process and also replay it. This allows everyone to share and relive each other's work step by step, offering an exciting way to appreciate a work of art. You can also branch off anywhere in the replay and pixel it a new direction.
  • The Colordex system that makes it easy to apply multiple colors intelligently with a single brush stroke while maintaining order of any specific color ramping you've defined. I was inspired by the HD Index Painting technique my friend Dan Fessler popularized, however I found that technique a hassle to manage, and the software expensive. The Colordex system I created solves these issues, allowing you to focus on pixeling. The best way to understand how it works is to experience it yourself.

A PJ forum thread can be seen HERE

Posted by EdJr @ 8/17/2015 11:53
FixelJoint is a little Firefox extension that adds functionality to PJ, like a new comment editor, piece inspector, faving without leaving the page and much more.

Posted by Manupix @ 9/3/2011 07:17

Want to take part in the hip corporate world pixel wars? Design your art on this online editor before covering your office windows with little pieces of sticky colored paper and shaming away competitors from neighboring buildings. The software will tell you exactly how many post'its you need in each color!

Posted by Noburo @ 3/26/2014 20:23

Pyxel Edit is a pixel art drawing application especially designed for working with tiles.

Posted by 8 Bit Dreams @ 3/31/2015 13:15

A fun browser based Voxel tool, exports in PNG and GIF formats. Also available on mobile devices.

Posted by Art_Sempai @ 5/27/2007 17:07

Ren'Py is an engine that supports the creation of visual novels and dating sims, forms of computer-mediated storytelling. It supports a movie script-like syntax that makes creating simple games easy, while still being customizable and extensible by advanced creators. With no additional work by the game-maker, it supports features expected of all visual novels, like loading, saving, preferences, and rollback. Ren'Py is supported on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux x86, and can be made to run on other platforms.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 9/15/2005 15:25
Graphics application with support for just about every platform (Mac, PC, Unix).

Posted by Romson @ 11/27/2010 11:26

A small and simple drawing tool that lets you create tiles online and save/download them too.

Adobe Shockwave Player needed.

Get it HERE

Posted by darchangel @ 5/24/2010 16:49

A good tool for making transparencies, just upload your gif file, choose the color you want to make transparent and watch the magic happen.

Gifworks used to be the best, but it's gone now...

Posted by WE_ARE_ZERO @ 2/26/2015 14:15

Trixel, is an alternate reality generator/drawing tool.

You get a hexagon composed of 726 triangles and you paint those triangles into isometric pseudo-3D images, impossible, Escher-like thingamajigs, ponies…well, pretty much whatever.  It’s like pixel art, but with triangles (NPA).
Check it out and let us know what you think!
For best results, use Trixel with the latest version of Google Chrome.

Posted by 8 Bit Dreams @ 3/31/2015 12:19

Voxel Builder is an open source tool that lets anyone design and edit 3D voxel (cube) models easily, right in their web browser.

How it works

Use the Builder to create and edit voxel (AKA cube) models.

When you are done, export it as a PNG file (from the menu in Builder).

You can manufacture your critter using either a 2D printer or a 3D printer.

2D printer

Visit this page and drop your critter PNG onto it to generate pages. Print the pages so that each layer is a different page on a color printer. Then use scissors and glue to assemble each layer!

3D printer

Visit this page and drop your critter PNG onto it to generate a 3D printable STL file.

At this point in time there are over 1400 creations that have been made with Voxel Builder. Any of them can be loaded into the ndarray-stl demo.

Posted by DatMuffinMan @ 6/30/2015 14:06
Single-Image Super-Resolution for anime/fan-art using Deep Convolutional Neural Networks. 

Posted by Sah War @ 1/6/2008 04:40
XnView is an efficient multimedia viewer, browser and converter. For a complete list of features see http://pagesperso-orange.fr/pierre.g/xnview/enfeatures.html

Posted by gamer404 @ 1/5/2008 09:33

Game Maker is an easy Game-design program! Make your art come to life. You can use The Drag and Drop actions, or program in GML!

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