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 including a unique color palette system, layers, and high-zoom support, Pixen packs all the tools pixel artists need in an intuitive, iPad-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, animated GIFs, and sprite sheets. It can export animations as animated GIFs, animated PNGs, movies, image sequences, and sprite sheets!
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.
Apple Pencil Support - Use all your favorite tools with Apple Pencil.
Layers – Take advantage of the flexibility layers provide when working with complex pixel art. Change opacities, blend modes, and more to compose creative effects.
Color Palettes – With Pixen, you can add and organize commonly-used colors into palettes. Pixen can also import and export color palettes in the Adobe Color Table, Microsoft Palette, JASC Palette, and GIMP Palette formats. You can even perform palette operations such as sorting colors, removing duplicate colors, and more, directly in the app.
Grid – Take advantage of Pixen's grid tools to guide you in placing pixels just where you want them.
Preview – While editing at high zoom levels, use the Preview feature to view the canvas scaled out. You can even play back animations and tile small images when working on patterns.
Wide Format Support - Export your artwork in PNG, JPEG, GIF, ICO, BMP, TIFF, SVG, and PSD file formats.
Sharing - Share your creations quickly and easily via AirDrop, Messages, email, and more!
Custom Backgrounds - Pick a flat, striped, or checkered background to be drawn beneath the canvas.
Pixen is also available for macOS and is the only pixel art maker of its class that syncs documents with iCloud!
Ratings and Reviews
Amazing for a new artist, deserves your attention
I just recently got into pixel art. As a software developer I’ve always wanted to make games but felt lost when it came to creating assets. Pixen takes that fear away. It provides a great workflow when switching between the mobile and desktop versions, and all of the tools you need are just right there. I really hope the developer continues to support this app by adding new features.
It’s the best application in iPad, but it crash
Finally, the perfect Pixel Art Editor for professional use!
This is the pixel art editor I've been searching for! It has all the features you'd expect from a desktop pixel art editor with a perfect interface and responsive controls. Works perfectly with the Apple Pencil, unlike other editors available for iOS. My only compliant is that I wish there was an option to make the buttons a bit bigger, as well as having the undo button closer to the left side of the screen for easy access with my left hand.
A couple features I wish for, are a way to keep the animation preview screen up while working on frames.
A way to choose the background color instead of the default white(for testing the colors of sprites)
And a spill bucket eraser.
Other than that this is by far the best and perfect pixel art editor for iOS, well worth the money for any professional or serious pixel artist.
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- Matt Rajca
- 9.4 MB
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- Requires iPadOS 15.0 or later.
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- Pixen Pro $7.99