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.
Pixaki 4.4 adds layer groups and alpha lock.
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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.
Great for intermediate and pro
This app is seriously amazing for those who are doing serious professional or hobby pixel work. The UI is similar to procreate, minimal clutter, and just overall intuitive for a quick workflow.
I’m using an Apple Pencil on iPadmini and I am just busting out artworks faster than I ever have.
One feature than I noticed that could use improvement is the animation tools. They aren’t as powerful as aseprite. However, it’s not a huge deal if you’re making static artworks. One other feature that could be added could be the ability to have a windowed, moveable color palette, so I can place it in the same corner as I do when using procreate.
I like being able to export my files as .ase so I can do finishing touches on my desktop.
Overall, I’m very pleased with Pixaki. I never have to use a bloated free pixel art program again! Thanks
Can’t rate highly enough
LOVE this. I’ve been using this daily for almost a year now, and I can say without a doubt that this is the best pixel art app for the iPad. It has a robust slate of features that are surprisingly hard to find in pixel art apps (layers, grouping, layer blending modes, non-contiguous fill, a wonderful color replacing tool, etc), it’s intuitive, it’s updated regularly, and just gets better and better. I’ve been having a blast making sprites for my RPG game. The only thing that doesn’t work for me is the animation feature, and that’s through no fault of the app, it’s me — I work directly on my sprite sheet templates, so the only real way for me to test my animations is by splitting the sheet into individual, stacked frames. I may have to change my workflow. Still, I thrilled with Pixaki and plan to use it for a long long time!
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- Rizer Creative Ltd
- 25.8 MB
- Graphics & Design
- Requires iPadOS 13.0 or later.
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- © 2021 Rizer Creative Ltd
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