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Quote ZeroFive1 Replybullet Posted: 28 April 2007 at 7:32am
I don't use 3 colors that much. Sometimes it's useful.

Also, I don't get all those complex programs either. What's so great?
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Quote theoreyes Replybullet Posted: 18 May 2007 at 12:26am
just like someone said earlier.... for pixel art deluxe paint is the shiz... seriously. i have heard about it for a long time, but thought it was only for amiga so i never tried to get it. not so. deluxe paint II was ported to dos, and deluxe paint animator was made for dos. these two should have all the tools you need, and then some. what makes them so cool is that they are built around the 256 collar pallete. it's not just the features that makes these programs cool, it's in the way that it does it. just try them out. the only drawback for me is that animator seems limited to 320x320, which is a bummer if you are doing gfx for the web, as ppl will be most likely looking at them at 1024x768, so you don't get a good "preview". but trust me, the advantages far outweigh the one con that i could find.

if you look around the web you can find them, it took me a faily deep search, but not as deep a search as it took to find 3d Studio r4, though. that took some work!!!

if anyone is interested in these programs, and CAN'T FIND THEM ON THE WEB, (not being a snob, but if you want something you should work for it at least a little, they're not THAT hard to find)... then hit me up at theoreyes25@yahoo.com , i'll hook you up.

PS: if anyone know how to get animator to work in 640xfoureighty, then please help a cracker out!

Also all you DOSheads from back in the day, there is a reason for you to build a PC just to install dos: OZONE GUI


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Quote LeJourVert Replybullet Posted: 20 May 2007 at 9:01pm
On my Mac, I use the lovely freeware software "Pixel". It has all of the basic functions of PhotoShop such as layering, animation, etc, but is meant specifically for pixel art, and it's completely free.
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 20 May 2007 at 9:12pm
I think you mean Pixen. Beware it crashes often and is a pain when you lose your work. Photoshop Elements (US$50) is a great cheap alternative for macs. It comes free often when you buy other stuff like the low end Wacom tablet (US$100) and you get a tablet, woot.
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Quote LeJourVert Replybullet Posted: 20 May 2007 at 9:57pm
I can't buy anything for my computer, and yes >.< Pixen is what I mean. I've had problems with crashing, but it always restores my work.
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Quote Metaru Replybullet Posted: 21 May 2007 at 3:36pm

some interesting things about Deluxe Paint:

  • The main character of computer game series Monkey Island, Guybrush Threepwood, derives his first name from Deluxe Paint: When the programmers saved the (until then unnamed) character's sprites under the file name of "guy", DP would automatically add the extension ".brush", thus creating "Guy.brush".[citation needed]
  • All background graphics of Another World game were drawn with Dpaint.
  • Deluxe Paint was used almost exclusively in the making of Amiga games, animation and demo-scene productions.

also, Lucas Arts used the PC version of DP for almost any of their adventure game... hmm...

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Quote theoreyes Replybullet Posted: 24 May 2007 at 9:42pm
holy crap man that video is awesome!
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Quote spartan_117 Replybullet Posted: 18 June 2007 at 10:49am
Is there a plugin for photoshop that dithers gradients like pro motion
the gradient tool is amazing.
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Quote Vanture Replybullet Posted: 18 July 2007 at 10:15am
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well nothing beats photoshop, but if you use a MAC give "pixen" a try. it's FREE (open source) and works very well, and does some things even better than photoshop. the canvas size is limmited to 256x256 pixels but you can import art into photoshop. the circle tool makes it worth having. they also offer a free tile maker program that's ok too. don't quite remember the url but google "pixen" and check out the features.


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Quote Platnium Replybullet Posted: 19 July 2007 at 9:23am
Originally posted by jujucece

In my opinion, Gimp is the best...

- Quite-easy to make animations (but not preview)


 
You can preveiw, its filters>animation>playback...
And just click play.
 
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 12 August 2007 at 3:51pm
www.iaza.com has finally made an online gif animator tool. Limited to 8 frames I think but still...we're talkin free here ;)


http://www.iaza.com/xpages/xanim.html?TGT=ANIMATE&CURRENTFILE=/work/070813C/00692971.gif


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Quote -Fizz- Replybullet Posted: 26 August 2007 at 2:22pm
I just found out that Pixen was destroying my palletes the whole time I was using it. It always makes the colors lighter than I want them and changes the hues. Is there any other mac alternative that has a color table like pixen?
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Quote PixelSnader Replybullet Posted: 26 August 2007 at 3:20pm
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www.iaza.com has finally made an online gif animator tool. Limited to 8 frames I think but still...we're talkin free here ;)


http://www.iaza.com/xpages/xanim.html?TGT=ANIMATE&CURRENTFILE=/work/070813C/00692971.gif
 
8 frames is enough for pretty much any in game animation imho..

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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 07 October 2007 at 8:02pm
New freeware app Acorn with layers multiple views and other good stuff. I'm very, very, impressed by this mighty mini pixel application. (Mac Only)

http://flyingmeat.com/
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Quote neota Replybullet Posted: 29 November 2007 at 3:25pm
Originally posted by dogmeat

I would use gimp if I could figure out how to turn off that annoying feature that makes you verify the color you selected with the eye dropper. I want to be able to select a color and use it a split second later without having to validate, I really never use the eraser, rather I switch back and forth between the colors I'm working with. Anyone have any ideas?


Doesn't happen with me in GIMP 2.4. In 2.4, you have the option 'Use info window' in the eyedropper tool options, so you can choose whether you want this behaviour (also, you should be aware even when you have enabled the info window, you shouldn't need to confirm -- ignoring it has no ill effect, and it disappears when you switch away from the eyedropper tool.)
Anyway, I usually color-pick by ctrl+clicking with the paint tool (eg Pencil) I'm currently using, which IIRC never ever brought up an info window.

In short -- upgrade to 2.4 and turn off 'use info window', or stay with your current version and Ctrl+Click with the paint tool to pick up colors. I recommend that you do both -- Ctrl+Clicking is so much faster and easier, and 2.4 is much better than what I expect you're currently using, 2.2.
Check out, for instance, what happens when you press '9' or '0' -- moving through the current palette colors; the 'clipboard brush' (handy for pasting copies of an object)
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 25 December 2007 at 5:11am
MSPaint clone for Macs - Paintbrush - Free!

http://paintbrush.sourceforge.net/

About Paintbrush:
Paintbrush is a Cocoa-based paint program for Mac OS X, similar to Microsoft Paint and the now-defunct MacPaint. The project's ultimate goal is to recreate the basic functionality of Microsoft Paint, which has been noticeably absent from Mac OS X for years. Paintbrush can open and save to most major image formats, including BMP, PNG, JPEG, and GIF.

Paintbrush is not intended to replace Photoshop or other high-end image editors. Instead, it aims to fill the need for a basic, streamlined editor for those times when you just feel the need to doodle.

New in version 1.0:

  • Holding shift while using shape tool results in perfect square/circle/lines - try it!
  • Paintbrush now remembers previous image size
  • Saves as PNG by default, instead of BMP
  • New option to choose from preselected sizes
  • Undo/redo works with cut and paste
  • Updated icons for shape fill styles
  • Requested: Keyboard shortcuts for zoom in/out/actual
  • Added: Bomb tool animation (also responds to Shift key)

Download
Click here to download Paintbrush directly, or click here for a full list of current and older packages, including source code.

Installation
To install Paintbrush, open the disk image and drag the Paintbrush icon to the Applications folder. Eject and discard the disk image.

System Requirements
A PPC or Intel Mac running Mac OS X 10.4 or later

Donate!
Paintbrush is, and will remain, completely free, with no nag screens.


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Quote Kato Replybullet Posted: 26 December 2007 at 5:15am
Hi all , i find this cool tools for make pixel art on Nintendo DS.



1- http://sylvainhb.blogspot.com/search/label/sprite%20editor

2- http://smoove.drunkencoders.com/


and last program i find there is long time for make pixel art.

competitor of Graphicsgale for japanese users, name of the program :

EDGE

http://www.tkb-soft.hmcbest.com/program/win/index.htm

two versions freeware and shareware but only in japanese maybe one day the programmer translate it in english. very cool program for pixel art.

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Quote qwerty1198 Replybullet Posted: 28 December 2007 at 11:27am
Ha.. I just got done with an animation in GraphicsGale... You can save it as a .gal (graphicsgale format) or a .avi which are both hard and/or impossible to upload to sites like pixeljoint or deviantart right? You can also save it as a jpeg, bitmap, or png, but it saves it as a static image instead of an animation.... 

can anyone enlighten me? sorry, but i'm bit of a noob to this...
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Quote surt Replybullet Posted: 28 December 2007 at 1:56pm
The idea is to register it so you can save as gif.
If you are dirt poor and can't do that you can use File -> Export... to export frames in a sheet or seperate files and animate with an external gif animator.
I'm sure there are also some avi to gif converters around, but I'm unsure what kind of quality they'd give you. It would be highly dependent on available codecs.
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Quote qwerty1198 Replybullet Posted: 28 December 2007 at 7:31pm
thanks man! Ill do what you said!
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Quote Blueberry_pie Replybullet Posted: 28 December 2007 at 11:01pm
You can convert avi to gif with Jasc Animation Shop. But if GraphicsGale also allows you to save every frame individually as static bitmap images, you should probably do that. BMP files are uncompressed so there's no loss in quality. Animation Shop can also string these together as an animation.
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Quote neota Replybullet Posted: 29 December 2007 at 2:11am
PNG is better, compression has very little to do with lossiness: PNG is lossless, BMP is lossless, JPEG is lossy. PNG is a reasonable size, BMP is the size of 14 elephants. 14 elephants are the last resort.
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Quote Blueberry_pie Replybullet Posted: 29 December 2007 at 2:44am
True, I should've mentioned PNG as well. Still, I don't think the filesize of BMP files matters much when animating, because the images would most likely be removed after they're imported and turned into a GIF animation.
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 06 January 2008 at 6:22am
Deluxe Paint II Enhanced V3.0 - Image Editor (PC/MS DOS) - 547KB
Deluxe Paint was THE pixel graphics tool on the AMIGA 500. The PC version came a bit later and development was not continued on the PC like on the Amiga, where DP made it to version 4 before it was stopped there as well. It was still ahead of its time when it came out. At that time was MS Paint for Windows 3.0 quite "hip" and "Autodesk Animator" (the maker of AutoCad) the McLaren F1 of PC pixel software. This version of Deluxe Paint is the "enhanced version" which supports "Super VGA" (256 colors BEYOND 320x200) to some degree (not really, but they made an effort). It should still run on most people's Windows XP PC.


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Quote LizardXM Replybullet Posted: 06 January 2008 at 11:17am
Hey people, have you had a look at ArtIcons Pro yet?
I've been using it for a couple of days now and the only
downside I have found yet is that it has no color count
function.  It does have support for layers and even opens
photoshop files.  Have a look at:
 


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Quote Metaru Replybullet Posted: 06 January 2008 at 11:20am
tried with Deluxe paint. now giving paint.net a try.
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 06 January 2008 at 5:10pm
Free Find http://pagesperso-orange.fr/pierre.g/xnview/enfeatures.html
PC users report, pleeez
Is it a viewer only or can it compile animated gifs?


Another free mac one
http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/imaging_3d/scribbles.html


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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 07 January 2008 at 7:21pm
Its for all OSs
http://www.kanzelsberger.com/pixel/?page_id=4

shareware/untested
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Quote Kato Replybullet Posted: 09 January 2008 at 3:39am
Hi all , i find this cool software for animated your sprites with bones, very useful for make cool animation style paper cut.

http://www.tahnokgames.com/Applications/Skeleton/applications_skeleton.htm

It's free !


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Quote Sabata Replybullet Posted: 14 January 2008 at 7:34am

Hey I found this program a while ago and decided to post it here now.
Tile Studio

It is for Windows and its free....
I consider it much better than paint and found some nice stuff on it... one strange thing is that it has a brighter and darker tool, if you pass a colour in one spot it will get darker/brighter each time...

The bad thing is that his file format seems to be wrong it only works whit tile studio, but you can import files on png or bmp format

Ah also, this program can be used to make animations...all in one and its pretty small, now your PC wont have problems to process media player and a pixel program (like mine does =/)

 



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Quote hatu Replybullet Posted: 15 January 2008 at 1:23am
I'm looking for a graphics editor that could do realtime tile preview.
So if I'm making a 32x32 tile it would show 9 of the same tile in a preview window so I can see how changing one pixel affects immediately.


[x] this is the one I'm editing

[x][x][x]
[x][x][x] this is what I want a real-time preview to show
[x][x][x]
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Quote Sabata Replybullet Posted: 15 January 2008 at 5:54am
Tile studio can do that.

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Quote Cammy Replybullet Posted: 17 January 2008 at 7:53pm
I use Personal Paint on the Amiga for all my pixel work, although if I want to switch to animating, I'll use Deluxe Paint.

That's Deluxe Paint V(5), which was the final version on the Amiga, which supported 24bit images, and had a whole bunch of extra cool features over Deluxe Paint IV.

I can't recommend Personal Paint enough for pixel art though, and because it supports PNG, GIF, ILBM, BMP... you get the picture. It can load JPEGs, but doesn't save them, so retards won't accidently save their pixel art in a lossy format.
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Quote tuaarita Replybullet Posted: 18 January 2008 at 7:09am
Originally posted by Ai, from Pixelation

sfxr provides a simple sound generation system that is capable of producing almost any simple 8bit style sound effect
Posted here for its relevance to game making, do as you will with it.

http://www.imitationpickles.org/ludum/2007/12/13/sfxr-sound-effects-for-all/
(Windows/Linux)


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Quote DeProgrammer Replybullet Posted: 18 January 2008 at 5:45pm
So hey, I made my own GIF animator! I'd like to consider myself pretty much done with it, especially since there are so many others out there... But I'm proud of the work I did. The Accurate Preview is actually accurate as far as I know, you can align frames better using the Accurate Preview mode, and it's specifically designed for using and reusing with spritesheets. So hey...give it a shot if you've got the time! The link might not work, but you can copy and paste it to your address bar if that's the case. Geocities doesn't like off-site linking, after all. http://www.geocities.com/christiankinesis/incomp/KinAnim.zip

Note: Probably one of the worst issues with it is that global color tables don't really work. Also, it doesn't correctly save some larger animations. But you can safely extract the frames as separate BMP's (with the correct spacing and all) if nothing else works out for ya!


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Quote Kato Replybullet Posted: 20 January 2008 at 11:46am
Hi all

The new Easytoon  is out , you can download the new version on my homepage  http://www.flat2d.com, it 's official version replace the old 1.9.5.


Bye all and good gif.


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Quote Blu Replybullet Posted: 27 January 2008 at 7:44pm
I use microsoft paint.
Why?
Because it's so simple. I have downloaded paint.net and absolutely HATE using it for pixel pieces of any kind. I use it for iconing and banners (as well as saving something as .png).
 
The things I hate most about MSPaint?
When you're drawing, and your mouse randomly scrolls for no reason at all!! ...and that line appears. >.< I hate that line.
*Thinks* Only being able to undo three times.
 
But, other than that, I really do love it.  It's so easy, and I've been working with it for almost two years now. :) (And I couldn't figure out how to download GIMP to even try it out rofl)
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Quote Lost_Dignity Replybullet Posted: 31 January 2008 at 9:58am
Hi, i have a macbook, and i still want to do some pixel art, is there a way i can find a way to either:

Find a mac downloadable version of paint. or a VERY similar version. i dont want any complicated layering ones or anything.

Anyone know?
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Quote Yume Replybullet Posted: 22 February 2008 at 8:43am
I have a macbook pro with leopard, and though paintbrush works i guess... I really want to use pixen. Should I downgrade to tiger? does pixen work well on tiger? i'm willing to do so... since I can upgrade to leopard again whenever i need to. but I can't get any of these programs to work properly with Leopard... gimp, pixen, inkscape, etc.
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Quote Hatch Replybullet Posted: 20 March 2008 at 11:47am
Unfortunately Pixen has always been very buggy and unstable. I'm still running Tiger and I don't use it--though I'd prefer to--simply because I don't want to lose any more work due to frequent crashes. I wouldn't recommend downgrading just for Pixen.
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Quote Silence Replybullet Posted: 30 March 2008 at 8:40am
Originally posted by jalonso

well nothing beats photoshop, but if you use a MAC give "pixen" a try. it's FREE (open source) and works very well, and does some things even better than photoshop. the canvas size is limmited to 256x256 pixels but you can import art into photoshop. the circle tool makes it worth having. they also offer a free tile maker program that's ok too. don't quite remember the url but google "pixen" and check out the features.



I just found pixen tonight whilst searching the net for a mac equivalent to MS Paint. I was absolutely stunned at how good it is. As a mac user and beginning pixel artist I'm extremely happy with this. It even has an easy to use animation feature! I've always dreamt of having a animation program that's free and good to work with. SOOOOOO HAPPY ! hahaha

I came to this thread to check if anyones mentioned it yet. And you did. Hoorah!
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Quote Silence Replybullet Posted: 30 March 2008 at 8:42am
Oh, and by the way, I use leopard and Pixen is working fine for me.

Maybe they've upgraded it recently to support leopard. Try downloading it again.
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Quote neota Replybullet Posted: 30 March 2008 at 5:44pm
Pixen has not been updated since 2004, sadly.
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 30 March 2008 at 6:22pm
I stopped using it myself. When not using PS I use Acorn now.
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Quote ceddo Replybullet Posted: 30 March 2008 at 6:29pm
Let's all spam the Pixen creators to update their software.
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Quote Peach Replybullet Posted: 08 May 2008 at 4:26am
Hi all (first post in this forum)

I've used artgem for a brief period. And found it very interesting.
Right now I've trashed Windows completely and using Linux as my main OS.
For this reason years ago I was looking for the old and beloved Deluxe Paint IIe I used on my Amiga. I found there was a linux conversion of dpaint IIe, called AOCP, but the code seems vanished in ye olde web :(

Nowadays I'm using GIMP for all the graphics I do.
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Quote Amyk13 Replybullet Posted: 12 May 2008 at 7:46am
I know how you make animations in GIMP, it's like this:
to make animation you make a new layer and there you paint the other one and so you go on, and finally you save it as .gif and then he asks you something and you say that you wan't to save it as an animation, and then you can chose the animation options.
Hope you understood, I'm not that good with english...
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Quote neota Replybullet Posted: 12 May 2008 at 4:45pm
Amyk13: That's true. You might prefer to use GIMP-GAP, since it has much easier to use animation, including onionskinning, path movement, and other advanced features. IMO if you're doing an animation of any complexity, it is a better choice, rather than the built-in animation support. If you need to make a GIF animation, you just run 'video->frames to image' when you're satisfied, and then save the resulting image as GIF

(GIMP-GAP is available from www.gimp.org. you can see currently "GIMP Animation Package 2.4.0 Released 2008-01-30" at the bottom of the page,)
absolutely.
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