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By Matt Rajca

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Pixen is a pixel art editor designed for working with low-resolution raster art, such as those 8-bit sprites found in old-school video games. With innovative 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; export animations as animated GIFs or even spritesheets!

Tools – Leverage Pixen's wide array of tools when composing pixel art: Pencil, Eraser, 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.

Color Palettes – Add and organize commonly-used colors into palettes.

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 (or even a custom image) to be drawn beneath the canvas.

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.

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.

Tablet Support – Pixen supports pressure-sensitive drawing tablets and maps pressure to color opacity.

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

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

What's New in Version 3.8.1

- Bug fixes

If you enjoy using Pixen, please consider leaving us a rating in the App Store.


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Customer Reviews

Wonderful Product

A very well focused and elegant pixel art editor.

Love it!


The best of its kind at what it does.

Customizable Left & Right Click Tools! Nearest Neighbor Algorithm Scalability! Layered Animations!

This is my favorite new tool for creating pixel art and animation — and I have all the big money editors.

Easily draw and erase using left and right clicks. A left click toolbar and right click toolbar give versatile control over the built-in functions. You can even paint one color with a left click and another color with a right click. Of course you can also assign any other functions as well.

Quickly remind yourself where the transparent parts of your image are with a handy tool that changes the background when mousing over. This is especially helpful when drawing with colors similar to the background you’re using.

Scale a teeny image to as big as you’d like with pixel perfect accuracy using Nearest Neighbor, Scale2x, or Quartz.

Powerful animation tools allow you to draw multiple layered frames and can show the previous frame’s overlay (also known as Onion Skinning). Extremely useful for animators. You can import an animation from an image sequence, or take your finished animation and export it out as an Image Sequence (Pixen can auto name/number your frames) or export it as a Sprite Sheet, or even as a QuickTime movie.

Draw with the Pattern Tool (instead of single pixel pencil tool). Very helpful when creating art that contains repetitive strokes.

Customize Grid. Toggle Alignment Crosshairs. See Preview Window. Flip and rotate canvas. Control opacity using pressure on tablets. Access system wide Color Chips and organize them into Color Palettes. Work in windowed or native fullscreen mode. Setup hotkeys — helpful if you’re used to working with other editors. Filter your images to 1-bit color! Save in Pixen format or as GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, BMP, ICO.

All of my new pixel game art assets will be created using this amazing tool. I highly recommend this to Pixel Artists and Animators alike.

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  • $9.99
  • Category: Graphics & Design
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  • Version: 3.8.1
  • Size: 2.3 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.10 or later, 64-bit processor

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