Pixie Studio is a professional pixel sprite and animation editor with tons of features, created by a game industry veteran specifically for pixel art games.
* Paletted *
Palette based pixel editing allows you to easily change a color across all layers and frames of a sprite, and is based on IDs instead of indexed so you can rearrange your palette however you want.
* Multitouch *
A modern multitouch canvas that can be panned, zoomed and rotated at will.
* Alpha *
Full alpha support on layers and per pixel.
* Animation *
Full featured frame based animation. Each sprite file can contain multiple animations, so you can build an entire game character in a single file. Easily scrub through frames by dragging the frame panel.
* Realtime Preview *
Immediately see your pixel and animation changes while you're editing, with a repositionable and resizable preview window.
* Layers *
Every frame can have multiple layers with alpha. Shared and Background layers let you easily animate layers across frames. Image Reference layers for when you want to trace something from your photo library.
* Tiles *
Tile your art on the canvas and paint across seams.
* Pencil *
Pencil support on iPad Pro for perfect palm rejection. In Pencil mode, only the Pencil will draw, while your fingers can still zoom and pan the canvas.
* Universal *
One app supports iPad, iPad Pro, iPhone, and iPhone X with full feature parity across all versions.
* Speed *
Pixie Studio uses Metal to support silky smooth 60FPS. On the new iPad Pros, it supports Promotion at 120FPS.
* Selection *
Select areas and move, flip, copy or paste them.
* Symmetry *
Paint or erase with symmetry in the X or Y axis.
* Export *
Export PNG animation strips for use in game engines, and animated GIFs to show your friends.
* iCloud Drive *
Realtime iCloud Drive syncing of all files, so when you edit on your iPad you will quickly see it on your Mac. Exporting to your computer has never been easier!
* Future *
I want Pixel Edit Pro to be the ultimate pixel editor, and am not stopping here. I am continually adding new features, and listen to any feedback I get.
- Small fix for crash from 1.57
- All tools available on toolbar
- Tool options moved to small panel on top
- Select mode now has accessible buttons without ... menu
- Select mode nudging buttons
- Fixed issue with being unable to move a selection back to its original position
- UI Refresh of file browser
- New animation panel for switching between animations
- Help button shows labels for buttons
- New import window, with much improved importing
- Ability to import into an existing Tileset
- New much faster quantize and import algorithms
- Refresh animation panel, now has delete button and deleting goes to nearest previous frame rather than jumping to 0
- Layer content copy/paste
- Ability to convert between standard/shared layers
- Layer previews update while drawing
- Hide UI while interacting option
- iPhone landscape support with popups for layers, tiles, palette
- Toggle for palette panel
- Updated to Unity 2019.3, various speed improvements
- Fixed current selection not showing art beneath it
- Fixed clone to layer in selection mode
- Fixed flatten layers to work on all frames
- Various other tweaks
Ratings and Reviews
An iOS app for serious pixel artists
This is as close as a professional-grade pixel art app as you can get on iOS, even rivaling some desktop apps. The only thing that keeps me from giving it a 5-star review is a lack of color palette save/import/export options. It forces you to import an image and use the color picker, which is hidden in a forced-touch gesture. Other than the missing eye-dropper tool for color picking, for some reason, there’s no option to merge layers. If you can work around these shortcomings, there is a lot to like in this app, and it’s superior to all the options available on iOS so far.
The best pixel art app so far
So every pixel art app I've used has had its problems, and Pixie Studio has its issues also, but I think it does what it intends to the best of all of them.
It has a nice selection of tools (a brush tool, gradient tool, mirror, a lot of control over the pencil and brush settings) and for the most part the app is easy to use, but it has a number of bugs and some things could be done better, which is why it only gets three stars.
I've noticed numerous crashes when trying to do animation, prompting me to have to save constantly.
The bottom of some of the menus get cut off so that only a sliver of the "ok" button shows.
This is also an issue when animating because with the frame menu up it cuts off the slider that lets you use tools like rotation, stretch and anything else that uses the slider. A slider shouldn't be used at all for these tools and I don't understand why so many of these apps don't let you just adjust with handles. Also you need to select with the marque what you want to adjust which can just get plain frustrating.
Also you can't see the grid unless you zoom in close. There is a custom grid, but the line width is so thick that it doesn't work as well.
Something else that would be super useful that none of these programs have is being able to anchor the point you want to rotate, stretch, or move around. This would make animating so much easier.
Still though of all the programs I've used this is the best, so it's the most worth it.
Developer Response ,
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will fix your crashes, and we can discuss your other issues, I am open to suggestions.
Incredible tool with so much to offer! But...
Pixie Studio is a dream come true for people that simply wanna be creative and have fun with pixels. However, I think the app could benefit from a "mirror-duplicate frame" option where you can mirror and duplicate an already complete frame. This would surely save time for the artist/users in the animation process, and enhance the fun after a tedious grind of making pixel art. Please add this if possible. Or please inform me on how to do this if it's already in the app. Great job! I'll definitely recommend to others.
Edit: just noticed that gifs are blurry after exporting them regardless of the resolution chosen, yet the pixel animations look fine within the app. Help with that too please? And what does the "Force Power of 2" option do in the export menu?
Developer Response ,
Hello, I’m unsure what you mean by the mirror feature but I’m sure it could be added. Please email me from the button in preferences!
iOS makes low resolution images look blurry, you simply need to set the scale higher on your export.
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- FlyingWorm, LLC
- 183.3 MB
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 10.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
- Age Rating
- © 2017 FlyingWorm, LLC
Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.