Pixaki is a powerful pixel art creation app for iPad. It features many of the same features found in desktop apps — such as custom canvas sizes, layers, precise color selection and customisable palettes — but with a gorgeous multi-touch interface that is just right for iPad. Whether you're creating 8-bit game characters or vast isometric cityscapes, Pixaki has the tools you'll need in an app you'll love.
Creating pixel art with Pixaki is every bit as accurate as using a mouse and cursor. Pixaki lets you smoothly zoom in up to 250x with a simple pinch gesture to give you unparalleled precision. It turns out that pixel art and iPad are an awesome combination.
“It’s a great way to kick back on the couch and create the 8-bit scene of your dreams.” — The Verge
“…intuitive touchscreen controls and clever upscaling tech for usage elsewhere.” — The Guardian
“Create your own minimal masterpiece with Pixaki.” — Creative Bloq
Leave your computer behind and take your creativity with you.
• Pixel brush, eraser and bucket fill tools.
• Custom canvas sizes, from 1 x 1 px to 512 x 512 px.
• Support for up to 20 layers.
• Create, duplicate, reorder and merge layers.
• Adjust the opacity of each to easily create lighting and translucency effects.
Create, then recreate with Pixaki’s powerful selection and transformation tools.
• Cut, copy, and paste any area from any layer.
• Paste-to-tile feature allows you to quickly tile using your clipboard.
• Move any selection of pixels around the canvas and to different layers.
• Flip horizontally and vertically.
• Rotate any selection by 90º.
Whether you want to work with 16 million colors, or just 16, Pixaki makes it easy.
• Document and global palettes, with reorderable colors.
• Precise color selection for hue, saturation, and brightness.
• Sample any color from your canvas with the eye dropper tool.
• Hex code input.
Designed for iPad, iPad Pro and iOS 9:
• Import and export to iCloud Drive.
• Use the Document Picker to import from Dropbox and other similar services.
• Optimised for the latest 64-bit processors, bringing desktop class performance to your iPad.
Share your creations with the world:
• Share images to Facebook, Twitter and more with the built in iOS sharing.
• Use Pixaki's magnification technology to make sure your pixel art never looks blurry.
• Send Pixaki files and collaborate with others.
• Export to a Photoshop document and keep working in desktop apps like Photoshop and Pixelmator.
• Import simple PSD files back into Pixaki.
• Save images, Pixaki project, and Photoshop files to iCloud Drive.
• Share images, Pixaki project files, and Photoshop files with AirDrop.
Pixaki 3 is now available! You can upgrade using the Complete My Bundle feature on the App Store.
This update provides links to upgrade to Pixaki 3.
Ratings and Reviews
The entire design of Pixaki really is absolutely enjoyable. Easy to pick up for beginners and pros alike to draw on custom canvas sizes like 16x16 and up. Pixaki has some great features such as layers, which allow you to draw a face on one layer, hair on another and add that extra level of control to separate elements of your design. Layers also has options like merge, duplicate, opacity and copy and paste. I like to use opacity and layer merging to blend colors and shades in a way that lets me achieve various textures and transparency. The pixel brush is also scalable up to a bigger size brush for quickly painting larger areas. The new custom color wheel can help mix new colors and/or input hex codes for precise colors. In Pixaki 2.0 there's now a new swatch area (Global / Document.) so we can now save custom colors inside each project independently. Finally, exporting has three easy options: .Pixaki to share and collaborate with others, .PSD for Photoshop including your layers and .PNG for saving higher resolutions (with transparency). The PNG option has a magnification option for when you need to enlarge your design, like for wallpapers, etc..
I've enjoyed creating with it and I think you will too. Worth getting for all pixel lovers.
This is basically the best program on iPad for pixel art. There are just a few features that would make this perfect for pixel artists. For one, it has the awesome ability to have custom color palettes, but it would be nice if we could export those, and import, to share or convert between programs. Another thing that would be great would be perhaps a preview for tiles. Example, if we were making a tile set, a repeating pattern; it would be nice to have a tool that would let us preview our patterns to see if they loop well. As it is I have to bring them onto a desktop or copy and paste into a new document. Would just be a nice timesaver. Customizable grids would be good too. The background is already nicely tiled, but if we could have grid lines showing 16x16, 32x,32, 48x48, 64x64, etc etc that would be a welcome sight. Thank you for this lovely app.
Polished app, but should do things everyone else doesn't
I've been using Photoshop professionally for over 20 years. Not for pixel art, but I know my way around digital imaging and image creation apps. This is my first time trying a dedicated pixel art app. I'll be clear... Pixaki is a very good app. Stable, clean interfaces. Highly usable. But is this really the best pixel art app we have these days? It really covers only the basics: paint, fill, eyedropper, and erase tools, color palette, and layers. From the "best" pixel art app I expect workflows I can't get anywhere else, one that solves problems that no one else is solving. Literally everything I can do in Pixaki, I can do in every other painting app I own. Four stars because it works and is a pleasant, polished app.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.