I am into game design and I want to make my game in pixel art style. I saw a program called Graphics Gale. Is it good for pixel art?

Can anyone recommend some open-source, or free, Windows 10 pixel art software?

Additionally I'm looking for software that can also help me with the animation.


What you are looking for is MagicaVoxel

It's an 8-bit voxel modeling and animating program that's free and open-source.

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The software is still in its infancy but there are a small amount of tutorials showing how to create scenes and animate them.

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Other options:

There's also a large list of other free programs here.

Notable other options are Aseprite which is free if you compile it yourself and GraphicsGale which is also free.

Aseprite's compiling instructions are included in the install and can be reviewed on it's github page.

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    I really like this program, but it is for voxel graphics. The OP wants to do pixel graphics. – Wolff Jun 4 '18 at 15:48
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    You can make it pixel as well you just have a depth of 1 for the art "field". – Ovaryraptor Jun 4 '18 at 15:54
  • I have upvoted it for now if the program is really what I need I will count it as an answer – user77651 Jun 4 '18 at 15:59
  • @AhmedYasir You can you just have to adjust the "art field" settings to a depth of 1 rather than having it be a 3D space. There's also a large list of other free programs here: lospec.com/pixel-art-software-list. – Ovaryraptor Jun 4 '18 at 15:59
  • @AhmedYasir Thanks, I've updated my answer with more resources. – Ovaryraptor Jun 4 '18 at 16:03

I really like Aseprite. It is not free though (unless you compile it yourself). It costs about $15.

For at free alternative you could try Piskel, which runs in the browser. Also a good program, but a little annoying that you need to export and import files instead of just saving and loading.

  • This is incorrect. It's free if you compile it yourself, see my answer. – Ovaryraptor Jun 4 '18 at 16:04
  • @Ovaryraptor, ok I didn't realize that. This might be a bit too advanced for many users though. – Wolff Jun 4 '18 at 16:08
  • I'd recommend GraphicsGale over Piskel. – Ovaryraptor Jun 4 '18 at 16:10
  • There's a comprehensive walkthrough that comes with the source code on how to install it FYI. github.com/aseprite/aseprite/blob/master/INSTALL.md – Ovaryraptor Jun 4 '18 at 16:12
  • @Ovaryraptor, cool! I like free stuff, but in this case I also wanted to support the developer. – Wolff Jun 4 '18 at 16:28

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