Pixaki is the best pixel art app for iPad. It packs a whole load of features into a clean, modern interface, and it works great with Apple Pencil. So now you can make game sprites on the couch, animated backgrounds on your commute, or music videos in the park.
• Pixel perfect painting mode automatically removes double pixels when doing line art.
• Round, square, and matrix dither brushes.
• Line tool, which can be locked to isometric angles.
• Rectangle and ellipse tools.
LAYERS OF ANIMATION
• Layers are shared across the whole project, which means every layer has its own timeline.
• Static image layers for background and foreground elements that are the same on every frame.
• 18 layer blend modes.
• Rename layers.
• Reorder layers and frames by using drag and drop.
• Scrubbable timeline.
• Advanced onion skin options.
• Select multiple layers or frames at once to quickly make bulk adjustments.
• Use high resolution reference layers to pixel over your sketches and photos.
• Four color selection modes: a square picker with an infinitely scrolling hue slider, sliders for HSB and RGB, hex code input, and the project palette.
• Eyedropper to sample any color from the canvas.
• Bucket fill, with contiguous or discontiguous options.
• Color replace across the whole project.
• Freehand, rectangular, and color selection.
• Use the active selection as a mask.
• Cut or copy the selected pixels and paste them to any app that supports pasting images.
• Move without needing to select. Position the image on or off the canvas without clipping.
• Scale uniformly up and down, or squash and stretch.
• Rotate by any angle.
• Flip horizontally and vertically.
IMPORT & EXPORT
• Import any static image, or a GIF.
• Import and export Aseprite documents (requires iPadOS 13 ore newer).
• Import and export Photoshop documents (PSDs).
• Use magnification when sharing to upscale without the results looking blurry.
• Export as a single image or image sequence as PNG, TIFF, or JPEG-2000.
• Export animated images as GIF or APNG.
• Export QuickTime movies with H264 or HEVC codecs.
• Export as a sprite sheet, with configurable columns.
Screenshot artwork by Genuine Human, waneella, Chelsea Faust, and rachels_ham.
Find out more at pixaki.com.
• Fixed an issue with selections being incorrectly resized when transforming if the freehand selection is not closed before switching tools.
• Fixed the order of layers when copying and pasting between projects.
• Fixed an issue with special characters in layer names causing issues with exported PSDs.
• Fixed an issue with Aseprite export when cels are positioned too far off the canvas.
• Fixed an issue with renaming duplicated projects in iCloud Drive.
Ratings and Reviews
So much better than Pixaki 3! But some changes aren’t good.
I’m so glad that Pixaki finally has canvas rotation and an actual selection marquee, as well as the ability to rename layers. It’s finally starting to feel like a real tool instead of a bandaid option for pixel artists on the iPad. Pixel perfect line tool! Dither brush! These are awesome additions!
But there’s a change I can’t stand, and it’s the new palette. It’s attached to the new gigantic layer panel, and when you put away the layers you also hide the color palette! Together they take up too much of the workspace for those of us working vertically. You can’t separate even them to even return the palette to its original location under the toolbar.
Also, when you select a color with the sliders, your art darkens! I know it’s cool UI, but you can’t really choose colors for your art if you can’t see what you’re doing.
I love most of the new changes implemented. I’m glad it didn’t cost too much too upgrade, since the original app was fairly pricey. But the interface was one of the best aspects of the previous Pixaki and now that’s been changed for the worse.
It’s really good but there is some glitches
This program is really good when comes to simply drawing but the animation is lacking. The plus sign where you can add a frame glitches every time a press it. Instead of creating a new frame it blacks out my screen and takes me out of the app. So to get another frame I have to duplicate a frame then clear it. I know you just came out with an update but I’m really hoping you can fix this. Other than that this app is really good!
Other iPad apps have clunky interfaces and lack core features, this one however has all the core features to make a good pixel editor, and it’s implemented well for iOS (e.g. touch gestures to quickly undo or redo, clean interfaces). It’s of course not as feature rich as some desktop editors, but nothing essential is messing.
Updates are coming at a good pace with new features and bug fixes. I updated my rating from 4 to 5.
Please add a gesture or a button to quickly set the zoom to a fixed value (100%, fit to screen...etc) I hate pinching (or scrolling on pc) those predefined zoom shortcuts are faster and more convenient.
Developer Response ,
Hi, thanks for your review. I’ll look into adding a preview panel, it would definitely be a nice addition. As for quickly setting the zoom level, this is currently possible, although it’s a bit hidden away. If you hold down the magnifying glass with the equals symbol in it on the top right, you can preview the canvas at a set zoom level. By default this is 100%, but you can change this by pinching to zoom the canvas while holding down the zoom preview button.
Thanks for that bug report too — I’ll try to get that fixed soon.
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- Rizer Creative Ltd
- 34 MB
- Graphics & Design
- Requires iPadOS 12.1 or later.
- Age Rating
- © 2021 Rizer Creative Ltd
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