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by Jamie Gibson
4 hours ago

Hi Elliott, This is a great breakdown and very generous in sharing your process and insights, you came a long way from the vending machine days!

Are you planning on releasing the UE4 project to the public? Or only builds? I'd love to play around with it in the editor if possible!

by mr. Awesome
9 hours ago

Fucking AWESOME!

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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 color palette system, patterns, 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.

Features

Animations

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A model of a bus in Pixen © Pixen, 2015

Create and arrange image frames in the film strip to piece together animations. You can import animated GIFs and PNGs; export animations as animated GIFs, QuickTime movies, or 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

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Creating a PC work-space in Pixen © Pixen, 2015

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 shown 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

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Editing a model in Pixen © Pixen, 2015

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.

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Questions
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6 August, 2015

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