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 and GIFs, and it can export animations as animated GIFs and QuickTime Movies.
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 opacity and more to compose creative effects.
Color Palettes – Add and organize commonly-used colors into palettes. Pixen can even import palettes in the Adobe Color Table, Microsoft Palette, JASC Palette, and GIMP Palette formats.
Grid – Let the grid guide you in placing pixels just where you want them.
Preview – Use the Preview view to view the canvas scaled out; play back animations in the Preview view.
Wide Format Support - Export your artwork in PNG, JPEG, GIF, BMP, and TIFF file formats.
Sharing - Share your creations quickly and easily using Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, and more!
Pixen is also available for macOS and syncs documents with iCloud!
- Compatibility fixes
Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
Artwork doesn’t save the latest edit, overwritten by previous edit that was lost by crash.
Developer Response ,
Please try the latest compatibility update.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.