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 like a unique color palette system, patterns, layers, and high-zoom support, Pixen packs all the tools pixel artists need in an intuitive, Mac-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, QuickTime Movies, or even spritesheets!

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.

Layers – Take advantage of the flexibility layers provide when working with complex pixel art. Change opacity, blending modes, and more to compose creative effects.

Color Palettes – Add and organize commonly-used colors into palettes. Pixen can even import color palettes in the Adobe Color Table, Microsoft Palette, JASC Palette, and GIMP Palette formats.

Patterns – Define custom patterns to use while drawing with the Pencil, Line, or Eraser tool (instead of a single pixel).

Custom Backgrounds – Pick a flat, striped, or checkered background to be drawn beneath the canvas. You can even set a reference image as a background.

Filters - Use filters to adjust colors, create effects, and post-process your artwork.

Grid + Alignment Crosshair – Let the grid and the alignment crosshair guide you in placing pixels just where you want them.

Preview – While editing at high zoom levels, use the Preview window to view the canvas scaled out; play back animations in the Preview window. You can even mirror the Preview window to Pixen on Apple TV.

Left and Right Tools – Assign a different tool to the left and right mouse button. For example: pencil on the left; eraser on the right.

Pressure-sensitive Drawing – Pixen supports pressure-sensitive drawing tablets and Force Touch trackpads, mapping pressure to color opacity.

Hotkeys – Customize tool hotkeys to ease the transition from other image editors.

Wide Format Support - Export your artwork in PNG, JPEG, GIF, ICO, BMP, TIFF, RGF, and SVG file formats.

Sharing - Share your creations quickly and easily using Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, and more!

Full Screen – Work with all your favorite tools in full screen mode.

Pixen is also available for iPad and syncs documents over iCloud!

What's New

Version 4.1

- Added a new Dark appearance that can be unlocked via in-app purchase (and also help support the project)
- Some tools are now up to 10x faster when working with larger images
- Fixed an issue where the Text tool would stop working on animation documents

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Ratings and Reviews

No Longer Supported


Pixen is no longer supported. It has major issues (at least on High Sierra), including a delay of 2 seconds when undoing and zoom in and out. I tried to contact the developer first through the built-in feedback, then twitter, then email, but didn’t get any response.

Stick with the free version, it has some other bugs, but it’s vastly more usable compared with the paid version.

Excellent animation software


A truly awesome art app. Pixel graphics will NEVER go out of fashion - which is why I love this program. Not only can you make sprites, you can also make GIFs with ease. I create customised GIFs to advertise my graphic novels, and I’ve loved how much you can customise aspects of the artwork you create.

Also, when I had a question about how to do something, my email was replied to straightaway with personalised advice. Can’t ask for more than that! :)

Absolutely Fabulous!


Pixen should be at the top of the charts! This Program is amazing, as I was looking for a Minecraft texturing program that didn't require WinRar. Fantastic! I've already made my own texture pack, and it's been so easy. A must for aspiring artists and textures. User friendly too! I'd still pay for it if it was $30. Get it now! The only thing i could ask for is a "blend" or "noise" mode like skinedit or the website "minersneedcoolshoes".


Matt Rajca
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