Pixelmash brings a whole new approach to pixel art by letting you paint or import high-resolution images, then non-destructively pixelize and apply other layer effects to turn it into amazing pixel art.
This lets you do really cool things like create animations using layer transforms rather than having to paint every frame pixel-by-pixel...
Or make outlines, shading, and dithering easily adjustable by having them applied as layer effects...
Or easily create different resolutions and color variants of the same image...
Or convert photos or other hi-res artwork into pixel art using layer effects and the resolution slider.
It's the perfect tool for game makers, artists, and any lovers of the 8-bit and 16-bit era!
This is a gigantic update to Pixelmash! Some of the new features include:
- Completely rewritten keyframe-based animation system
- Easy option for per-frame images on any layer, for hand-drawn frame-by-frame animation
- New preview window to see your animation running while you work on a frame (also great for 1:1 or 2:1 previews on stills)
- Animated components are now chosen per-layer rather than per-project
- Easier access to creating layers at the document’s pixelized resolution
- Layers now display their native resolution in the layers window
- New onion skin options for coloring and number of frames
- Dramatically increased performance when drawing with onion skinning
- Improved resolution baking options
Ratings and Reviews
Promising, but a ways to go
Giving 5 stars as this app has great potential and is already my favorite pixel app. That said it needs to continually evolve to keep my 5 stars.
In the short team, this app really needs the ability to import images into layers since I'm having to use another app for creating lines and shapes. You can only import right now into a new single layer project.
Two finger scroll to zoom is weird. Please give the option to use pinch to zoom and 2 finger scroll to pan!
Developer Response ,
We have many updates coming with many new features! You can import images into new layers in an existing document via the menu (File > Import Image) and as of the latest update we've added the ability to draw straight lines by using right-click in the various paint tools. But much more is coming for shape creation, stay tuned and thanks for the feedback!
Terrible and unusable
This program is completely unusable. I create a new project and with the cursor tool the application runs smoothly. I switch to any other tool and I get TERRIBLE lag, making the program unusable. I have emailed support asking for a fix or a refund to no response. I am very unhappy with this purchase.
(2018 15" Macbook Pro i7 2.2Ghz Radeon 555X)
Developer Response ,
Have you tried the new beta (version 1.1.00) available on our site? This build includes some big speedups for several key operations. Most people don't seem to be experiencing this kind of lag so we'd definitely love to figure this out - can you send us an example file or a video or something so we can test and see what kind of slowdown you're experiencing? Send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Sorry you're experiencing this! If you want a refund you can get that by contacting Apple support, we can't give refunds for Mac App Store purchases ourselves.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.