Pixel Art Tools / Apps

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Post » Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:05 pm

For those of you looking to step up your pixel art skills and tool set, I recommend Pyxel : http://pyxeledit.com/index.php It's cheap for what is able to do. $9 only!

It's great for pixel art, pixel animations, and has tilemap features built in. I'm a Photoshop user (have been since the early days) but Photoshop isn't the greatest at pixel art.. I use Pyxel to create and layout and refine later in Photoshop if needed.

Just thought I would share

Cheers!
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Post » Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:53 pm

Thanks for this. I remember seeing it a long time ago when it was in alpha I believe.
Definitely a nice looking and functioning pixel art tool.
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Post » Thu Feb 18, 2016 9:18 am

Looks cool! Just purchased it and hopefully it'll help me learning some pixel art and animations, looks like animating is easier there than on PS ;)
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Post » Thu Feb 18, 2016 4:26 pm

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I was just debating using PS for pixel art and how well it would work. But I agree with you that this seems like it would be a lot more streamlined.

One that I have used a little and is free is : http://www.piskelapp.com/

And another paid one which looks nice is: http://www.pickleeditor.com/

Also lets not forget this one which is great for animating : http://www.aseprite.org/
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Post » Thu Feb 18, 2016 4:57 pm

Yeah @condolent PS can get weird with it's timeline when animating sometimes.

@Kuzie No Prob! PS is great, don't get me wrong. As long as you have created a set of pixel brushes, and your grid set up properly to streamline your workflow, it works. Though for pure creation I find Pyxeledit to be a bit easier and it retains proper pixel alignment when drawing. As in you don't get double pixels when drawing shapes or lines. It's more 'true' to pixel art.

I've seen http://www.piskelapp.com/ neat little app... Pickle looks sweet! I dig mirrored drawing abilities. Will have to check it out.

Aseprite - Great tool... Sadly I never liked it. :/ it's layout is very MS paint.
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Post » Thu Feb 18, 2016 6:04 pm

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I just realized that you made Robot 505. I remember playing it awhile back, it's a really good game and definitely an inspiration. Also a great example of what C2 is capable of. So good work and keep it up! :D

I'm curious, did you use Pixel Edit for those assets or another program? Or maybe they were done by someone else?

I'm trying to get into Aseprite since it looks like it has a lot of great features but I am in the same boat as you. It's style and layout can be... difficult.
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Post » Sat Feb 20, 2016 5:58 am

Hey thanks for sharing this for pixel animations .I would definitely going to try whenever needed .
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Post » Sat Feb 20, 2016 3:58 pm

Thanks! @Kuzie

Actually the Robot 505 artwork was all done in Photoshop.

No problem @annduggan :)
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Post » Mon Feb 22, 2016 10:35 am

Hi! Thanks for sharing this @facecjf! I was actually wondering if there was some king of tool made for pixelart. I'll look into it, may be useful. :)
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Post » Mon Feb 22, 2016 4:19 pm

No problem @GaMan - It's WAAAAY better than MS paint ;)
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