Pixen is a professional pixel art editor designed for working with low-resolution raster art, such as those 8-bit sprites found in old-school video games. With features like a unique color palette system, patterns, layers, and high-zoom support, Pixen packs all the tools pixel artists need in an intuitive, Mac-native interface. Pixen also makes creating frame-by-frame animations fun and easy.
Animations – Create and arrange image frames in the filmstrip view to piece together animations. Pixen can import animated PNGs and GIFs, and it can export animations as animated GIFs, QuickTime Movies, or even spritesheets!
Tools – Leverage Pixen's wide array of tools when composing pixel art: Pencil, Eraser, Brightness, Text, Eyedropper, Zoom, Rectangular Selection, Magic Wand, Lasso, Move, Fill, Line, Rectangle, and Ellipse.
Layers – Take advantage of the flexibility layers provide when working with complex pixel art. Change opacity, blending modes, and more to compose creative effects.
Color Palettes – Add and organize commonly-used colors into palettes. Pixen can even import color palettes in the Adobe Color Table, Microsoft Palette, JASC Palette, and GIMP Palette formats.
Patterns – Define custom patterns to use while drawing with the Pencil, Line, or Eraser tool (instead of a single pixel).
Custom Backgrounds – Pick a flat, striped, or checkered background to be drawn beneath the canvas. You can even set a reference image as a background.
Filters - Use filters to adjust colors, create effects, and post-process your artwork.
Grid + Alignment Crosshair – Let the grid and the alignment crosshair guide you in placing pixels just where you want them.
Preview – While editing at high zoom levels, use the Preview window to view the canvas scaled out; play back animations in the Preview window. You can even mirror the Preview window to Pixen on Apple TV.
Left and Right Tools – Assign a different tool to the left and right mouse button. For example: pencil on the left; eraser on the right.
Pressure-sensitive Drawing – Pixen supports pressure-sensitive drawing tablets and Force Touch trackpads, mapping pressure to color opacity.
Hotkeys – Customize tool hotkeys to ease the transition from other image editors.
Wide Format Support - Export your artwork in PNG, JPEG, GIF, ICO, BMP, TIFF, RGF, and SVG file formats.
Sharing - Share your creations quickly and easily using Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, and more!
Full Screen – Work with all your favorite tools in full screen mode.
Pixen is also available for iPad and syncs documents over iCloud!
- Compatibility fixes
I don’t mean to offend the author, but I think it took him/her a long time to develope this app. But saying it is a paid app and I do expect some basic functions to work. Undo do not work properly. Cut and paste sometime don’t work.
Great for Animation
Despite it’s short comings (can’t change shortcuts, layers are only selected if they are named) Pixen is hands down the best tool I’ve ever come across for pixelart animation. It could do with more features, and better stability, better wacom integration, but the animated preview and “draw while you animate” is in a word, magic.
Highly recommended for all pixel artists out there.