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Knight Rider (1982)I’m the voice of Knight Industry 2000’s Micro processor,K.I.T.T. for easy reference, KITT if you prefer.

Knight Rider (1982)
I’m the voice of Knight Industry 2000’s Micro processor,
K.I.T.T. for easy reference, KITT if you prefer.

Manta MK.III Test FlightMock-up/Animation test for “Sirius Rising”. Shown at 500 percent.Strongly inspired by Andrew Braybrook’s Uridium.

Manta MK.III Test Flight
Mock-up/Animation test for “Sirius Rising”. Shown at 500 percent.
Strongly inspired by Andrew Braybrook’s Uridium.

A List of Alternatives to Photoshop for creating Pixel Art

Every now and then people ask me about good pixel art tools.
Well, I love to use Photoshop for all my pixel stuff and I’ll surely stick to it since its extensive features.

But there are many free or fair-priced alternatives to find in the web and I would like to share a list of potentially useful programs in this posting. This list might be incomplete - it’s just intended to be a rough overview and consciously excludes mobile- and online-programs: otherwise the list would become too confusing.

Programs marked with a “recommended” are used by some artists who replied to a poll-like tweet recently or are often mentioned in forum entries.

If you think that there is an essential pixel art tool missing or you want to highlight a mentioned tool, please comment this posting and share your experiences.
 
Here we go!

Aseprite 
(recommended)
Animated sprite editor & pixel art tool.
OS: Windows, Mac 
Price: Free Trial, Official Build $10/USD (incl. priority support)
http://www.aseprite.org/


GIMP 
(recommended)
Freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
OS: Windows, Mac, Linux
Price: Free
http://www.gimp.org/


GrafX2
GrafX2 is a bitmap paint program inspired by the Amiga programs ​Deluxe Paint and Brilliance. 
OS: Windows, Mac, Linux and others
Price: Free
http://pulkomandy.tk/projects/GrafX2/


GraphicsGale 
(recommended)
Powerful tool for spriting and pixel art.
OS: Windows
Price: Free Trial, Full $19.5/USD
http://www.humanbalance.net/gale/us/


Krita
Krita is a KDE program for sketching and painting, offering an end-to-end solution for creating digital painting files from scratch by masters.
OS: Windows, Linux
Price: Free (Donate)
http://krita.org/


mtPaint
mtPaint is a painting program which Mark Tyler developed from scratch so he could easily create pixel art and manipulate digital photos.
OS: Windows, Linux
Price: Free 
http://mtpaint.sourceforge.net/


MyPaint
MyPaint is a fast and easy open-source graphics application for digital painters.
OS: Windows, Mac, Linux
Price: Free 
http://mypaint.intilinux.com/


Paint.NET 
(recommended)
Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for PCs..
OS: Windows
Price: Free (Donate)
http://www.getpaint.net/


Pickle 

Pickle is a cross-platform pixel editor for creating game animations, repeating tiles and sprite sheets.
OS: Windows, Mac
Price: Free Trial, Full $24.99/USD
http://www.pickleeditor.com/


PikoPixel
PikoPixel is a free application for drawing & editing pixel-art images.
OS: Mac
Price: Free 
http://twilightedge.com/mac/pikopixel/


Pinta

Pinta is a free, open source drawing/editing program modeled after Paint.NET.
OS: Windows, Mac, Linux
Price: Free
http://pinta-project.com/


Pro Motion
Pro Motion is a drawing and animation software designed similar to the famous Amiga Deluxe Paint (DPaint).
OS: Windows

Price Free Trial, Full $88+/USD
http://www.cosmigo.com/promotion/


Pixen
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.
OS: Mac
Price: $9.99
http://pixenapp.com/


PXL (recommended)
Currently in development. Mac DPAINT-like.
OS: Mac, “eventually” Windows
Price: Free (current state)
http://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=40368.0


Pyxel Edit
 (recommended)
Pyxel Edit is a pixel art editor designed to make it fun and easy to make tilesets, levels and animations.
OS: Windows, Mac
Price: Free unsupported beta, Full $9/USD minimum
http://pyxeledit.com/


Spriter 
(recommended)
The intuitive 2D animation and object creation tool for video game makers.
OS: Windows, Mac, Linux
Price: Free Trial, Pro $25.00/USD
http://www.brashmonkey.com/spriter.htm


Useful/Related Links:

Pixelprospector : The Big List of Graphics Programs (Windows)
http://www.pixelprospector.com/the-big-list-of-graphics-programs-windows-edition/

Gnomoria Topic : List of Pixel Art Programs by cyberphenaeri
http://forums.gnomoria.com/index.php?topic=4508.0

RPG Maker Forum Topic : Software for making Pixel Art by Emzie
http://forums.rpgmakerweb.com/index.php?/topic/5027-software-for-making-pixel-art/

Reddit : what’s a good pixel art sprite design and animation editor?
http://www.reddit.com/r/gamedev/comments/1229t7/whats_a_good_pixelart_sprite_design_and_animation/

Isoblox : An interesting isometric Pixel Art Tool for Windows
http://sourceforge.net/projects/isoblox/

Thanks to @pixelartm, @davegrey, @JackSchaedler, @Ghoustibles, @HeikoKanzler, @TheIndieSloth, @Nascimpact, @Salva_Davila, @mattfox12, @parodyself, @oxyoxspring, @emptyfortress, @ChiefMigizi

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