Pixquare - Pixel Art Studio 4+

Sketch sprites and animations

Son Nguyen

Designed for iPad

    • 4.8 • 116 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Pixquare is a powerful pixel art app for anyone who loves drawing on iPads and iPhones, from beginners to professionals. Pixquare is praised for its simple UI, easy workflow, and advanced features for pixel art.

With Pixquare, you can create static or animated pixel art sprites anytime, anywhere. Pixquare also has assistive tools for isometric and tileset. We've improved Pixquare based on feedback from 1000+ pixel artists, making sure it's the perfect tool for both beginners and pros to start their pixel art journey:

- Support both iPads & iPhones
- Intuitive UI with left-hand mode available
- RGB and Index mode
- Tileset system
- Timelapse recording
- Apple Pencil support: gestures, sensitivity, touch rejection
- Manual & auto-save modes
- Shortcut options: keyboard, gesture pad, joystick
- Custom themes

- Brush: spray, pixel perfect, watercolor mode, pressure sensitivity, contour, dithering, custom brush, jumble, blur
- Eraser: pixel perfect, pressure sensitivity, dithering
- Move: transformation and snapping supported
- Line: straight & curve mode, watercolor mode, perfect angle
- Shape: ellipse & rectangle mode, watercolor mode, filled, perfect ratio
- Selection: 5 types & 5 modes
- Color: solid/gradient fill, contiguous/non-contiguous, and more
- Color picker: 4 modes (HSV, HSL, Wheel, RGB), history, drag-to-fill
- All tools offer shading

- Optimized for animation & organized layers
- Unlimited number of layers
- Multi-selection, layer grouping, and operations
- Visibility and editing-lock toggle
- Supports reference layers
- Frame customization: tagging, duration & multi-selection
- Linked cells, onion skin, and clipping mask

- Symmetry tool with unlimited axes
- Reference images
- Color palette: save/load from Lospec, import/export, color gradient generator
- Color adjustment/replace
- Text tool
- Custom objects
- Blending modes, alpha lock
- Preview with a separate animation loop
- Canvas rotation, Finder-like file system, Guideline

- Aseprite file compatibility (importing & exporting)
- GIF importing with all frames
- PNG and GIF export options (layers, frames, size, and animation)
- Import Photos and files as reference layers and images



"Genuinely the best pixel art app for the iPad that I would recommend anyone to get!" - Jon Davies, Pixel Artist on Super House of Dead Ninjas, Binding of Isaac.

"Pixquare has more than meets the eye. A seemingly simple interface that has the intuitive control you look for. The gesture pad is comparable to a desktop keypad." - Michael, Pixel Artist, Author of Pixel Logic book

"I've been sharing it with basically everyone I know with an iPad because I think it's one of the best software out there for creating pixels on the iPad." - CupOhJoe, Game Developer

"This is one fine app to pixel on the iPad! You can tell there's a lot of love for the craft poured in here" - Ota Jaider, Pixel Artist


- Mossy (@ArtNature_it)
- chili (@ryviolie)
- Lesma (@pixe_lesma)
- Fariis (@fariis_art)
- ue_voxel (@UeVoxel)
- Becky C (@tinydiorama)
- Huy B (@bit5andpiece5)
- Sunny (@minisunnyworld)
- Manytle (@manytle)
- And special thanks to Naocraf (@NaocrafPixel), Hyuk Choi (@anti_rocker), Eka (@EkaSetyaNugraha), Cetaceaqua (@cetaceaqua) and TML (@fluffy_tml) for helping with the Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, and Chinese translation.


PREMIUM UPGRADE: Unlock lifetime access to all premium features of Pixquare for just $14.99. No subscriptions. Buy once and use forever!

Email: info@pixquare.art
Twitter: https://twitter.com/pixquare_app
Website: https://www.pixquare.art/

What’s New

Version 2.12.2

- Bottom info bar

- Quick grid selection can be turned off

- Quick action button doesn't end when released
- Reference image and preview jump when switching between tabs

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
116 Ratings

116 Ratings

st emry ,

fantastic app for pixel art

i’ve struggled to find a good pixel art app, but this one was suggested by an artist on tumblr and it works really well! i’ve found it easy to use as a beginner, though it seems like a fairly advanced program as far as the scope of its abilities. my favorite feature by far is the “generate gradient” tool, which has been an absolute lifesaver. other highlights include: complete RGB/HSL/hex color selection tool, easily accessible eyedropper, layers, and blending mode options.

my one complaint is that i’d like to be able to merge layers and delete individual saved color swatches without having to clear the whole palette — but it’s very possible that those functionalities do already exist and i just haven’t figured out how to do them yet.

Developer Response ,

In order to merge layers, you'll need to select 2 or more layers, after that, the merge option will show.
And to delete a color in the palette, you'll have to unlock it first.
You can read more about the app in the user guide here: https://sonnguyen.gitbook.io/pixquare/

Thank you

Corwin Johnson ,


I’m an illustrator who enjoys making pixel art for fun, and to connect with the online community through game dev. Working mobile has always been a challenge, I never liked the free or paid pixel art apps I had tried before since they often had very confusing user interfaces, or were missing workflow features. Online editors were not helpful in airport or travel situations. But finally, here’s an app I am 100 percent behind. It saves in popular file formats including Aseprite, which means I can transfer work back and forth between home and iPad. It also features powerful tools like pixel perfect pen, and animation layout. Thanks for such a great app, and a SOLID recent update adding new features. I’ll be using this for a long time to come.

Developer Response ,

Hi Corwin, your wonderful review made my day :) It's fantastic to hear that Pixquare has addressed your needs for pixel art creation on the go. I'll keep working hard to continually improve and innovate Pixquare to make it a valuable tool for the pixel art community. Reach out to me anytime on Twitter or join our Discord if you want to give any feedback or feature requests for Pixquare, I hope to connect with you!

CydneyL ,


I’ve tried just about every pixel art app on the app store as well as pixel art in Procreate and nothing really felt great for working seriously on pixel art. Additionally, features were severely lacking like animating, palettes, etc. There’s Aseprite obviously, but for mobile there just was a bit of a void until this came out. The animation feature is fantastic and very easy to use. I love the fact that i can just pull palettes from Lospec, saving me a ton of time, particularly when switching palettes often. Everything feels super intuitive and easy to use. Looking forward to see how development continues!

Developer Response ,

Hey Cydney, thanks a great deal for sharing your experience with us! It's a pleasure to hear that Pixquare is hitting the spot for serious pixel art on mobile. Can't wait to bring you more cool feature updates! 😉

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