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Free Pixel Art Making Programs
« on: May 08, 2016, 10:02:04 am »
Pixel Art Making Programs

Mapping Tutorial found by Diarandor:

Interesting tutorial about mapping, with many advices. Unfortunately it is written in french, so some people will not be able to understand it. Anyway, it could be useful to someone.
Link: http://www.lesforges.org/article/mapping?scroll_to=article

Windows and Linux operating systems:

Krita - I love Krita it is the closest thing to a free Photoshop.

Gimp - Another good programs I like. It now has better layers and a single window mode like Photoshop.

Paint.NET Paint.NET has been compared to Gimp. It has quite a bit of plugins.

Extension for Gimp 2.8:
Multiple layer export (Good for exporting 100 font images in seconds)
simple sprite sheet maker

Piskel - This was made for pixel art. It has everything one needs (including layers, but no group layers as far as I know) and everything one needs for pixel art.

Aseprite - A very unique program for sprite creation and animation. It is as good or better than Piskel.

Active Pixels - An editor close to Gimp

Firealpaca - Another editor close to gimp.

GraphicsGale - Another excellent pixel art making program.

Sai - This is not a free tool. I am only mentioning it because it is made very well and can even run on React OS. That is the opensource Windows operating system.

Android:

Android is a Linux kernal Google library OS. Yes, Android is the most popular Linux OS. That is the main reason Android operating systems are free. A lot of people do not know this.

I tested many free programs for making pixel art on Android and Pixly is the best free one.

Pixly - Layers and many Photoshop like features.

IsoPix - No layers. Very basic, but useful for quick pixel art.

PixelArt Editor - No layers. Very basic, but useful for quick pixel art.

Pixel Motion - No layers. Very basic, but useful for quick pixel art.


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Re: Free Pixel Art Making Programs
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2016, 06:19:48 pm »
I think Aseprite deserves to be on the list too. It is a great tool, quite minimalistic, but it has everything you need and nothing unnecessary. If I am not wrong, it is free open-source (although the creator is selling it too to make some money).

http://www.aseprite.org/
https://github.com/aseprite/aseprite

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Re: Free Pixel Art Making Programs
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2016, 06:25:36 pm »
I did not know of this program. It is fantastic! I will add it to the list.

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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2016, 09:11:08 pm »
GraphicsGale is also I good program which is what I use for all of my pixel art. The program is completely free, and only costs money if you want to use it to make gifs.

https://graphicsgale.com/us/

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Re: Free Pixel Art Making Programs
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2016, 09:16:55 pm »
I added it to the list. It looks excellent!  :D

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Re: Free Pixel Art Making Programs
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2016, 05:24:24 pm »
Added:

Extension for Gimp 2.8:
Multiple layer export (Good for exporting 100 font images in seconds)

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Re: Free Pixel Art Making Programs
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2016, 12:14:37 pm »
Krita 3.0 is very advanced. I prefer it over Photoshop any day.

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Re: Free Pixel Art Making Programs
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2016, 05:52:23 pm »
@Zefk: I do not know which is the best place to put this, but, I found a very interesting tutorial about mapping, with many advices. Unfortunately it is written in french, so some people will not be able to understand it. Anyway, it could be useful to someone.
Link: http://www.lesforges.org/article/mapping?scroll_to=article
« Last Edit: September 27, 2016, 05:55:01 pm by Diarandor »

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Re: Free Pixel Art Making Programs
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2016, 06:12:43 pm »
I am reading this tutorial right now Diarandor, it is just brilliant. They explain important concepts with a lot of examples, it is convincing and it will really be useful to make nice maps.

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« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2016, 06:21:27 pm »
I agree. That is why I posted it here. :)
It may help you for Mercuris' Chest.
Aminemax may find it useful too for his games, but I think he does not use this forum.

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Re: Free Pixel Art Making Programs
« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2016, 10:15:18 pm »
Weird...the person that mentioned Photoshop deleted their comment. Anyway, I added the tutorial to the list. If someone is looking for pixel programs, then they will be interested in the tutorial.
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Re: Free Pixel Art Making Programs
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2017, 03:40:07 am »
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Active Pixels - An editor close to Gimp

Firealpaca - Another editor close to gimp.