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Posted by 808paint.co.uk @ 12/16/2010 17:04

A free drawing tool for creating retro game art. It's written in Java and launches using Java Web Start. It has many new features planned for the future. Supports graphics tablets. Provides features like 512 color palette,  layers, animation frames, blur, dither and smudge. Give it a try!

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 9/15/2005 15:25

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Posted by exocet @ 9/21/2006 12:53
Freeware paint program, inspired by Photoshop.

Posted by LordOfSky @ 4/19/2015 06:24

There is a free version and another one with more options, but you have to pay £6.69/$10. Good for animation, spriting, and lots of other pixely things.

Posted by sahwar @ 10/14/2014 06:13

Description taken from the official website:

"Beneton Movie GIF is a free animated GIF editor. It is very easy to use and has all the features you need.


  • Supports 48 file formats such as BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, and AVI
  • Multiple frames selecting
  • Drag and drop frames for a quick editing
  • 20 different effects, divided in 2 big categories: normal and animated
  • Supports individual frame properties: delay and transparent for each frame
  • Save and load a batch of frames (frame1.bmp, frame2.bmp, etc.)
  • A complete built-in image editor with many tools (pencil, shapes, airbrush, alpha brush, fill, selection, text)
  • A simple preview window that previews individual frames or the animation with options such as zoom, loop, etc.
  • Language(s): currently only English, but more languages could be supported in future versions.


It works under Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or 7 (and maybe 8 and 8.1?).

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 9/15/2005 15:29

Posted by DeProgrammer @ 11/23/2007 14:28
This is an updated version of my previous Color Counter. It now includes an optional file for adding the Color Counter to the right-click menu for BMP and GIF files.

Posted by Dokitsu @ 4/5/2014 21:07

Finally the "full" version of DotArt is launched.
DotArt, a new APP to pixel art with a comfortable interface and a many
useful features.
Latest version and the first "FULL" version of DotArt. -05/04/2014 Release date.
Its FREE!!!. More info in link.

Posted by thomaswilmot @ 1/28/2012 17:14

A beautiful program for icon making, editing, changing, extracting, searching, and exploring. It is fast, small, and easy to use.

  • It allows you to edit transparent or opaque icons.
  • The palette can be Monochrome(1 bit), 16 colors(4 bits), 256 colors(8 bits), true colors(24 bits), or true colors + alpha channel(32 bits).
  • Supports any size of icon.
  • Includes four enhanced icon tools, namely Icon Changer , Icon Searcher , Icon Extractor , and Icon Explorer .
  • Import from or Export to graphic files BMP, JPG, and GIF.
  • Beautiful and intuitive user interface.
  • Windows 95, 98, Millennium, 2000, XP, and NT are supported.
  • 1.56 megabyte file size. It will fit compressed on a 3½ inch floppy disk.
  • Includes nifty effects, including sharpening, softening, embossing, and inverting.
  • Includes enhanced icon tools:
    • Icon Explorer — Explore any icons available on your computer like a file explorer.
    • Icon Changer — Change icons of EXE, OCX, DLL, SCR, ...
    • Icon Searcher — Search icons from ICO, EXE, OCX, DLL, SCR, ...
    • Icon Extractor — Extract icons from ICO, EXE, OCX, DLL, SCR, ...

I personally highly recommend this program. I have used it mostly to alter existing icons and make folder icons, and it has served me very well. A 15-day trial version can be downloaded for free, and the full version is just $29.95! Well worth the money.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 9/15/2005 15:30

Posted by 8 Bit Dreams @ 1/8/2016 13:52

Online tool for optimizing animated gif images to reduce file size. Compress gifs by reducing colormaps or dropping frames.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 9/15/2005 15:29

Posted by jalonso @ 9/10/2007 11:44

Create and edit GIF animations

  • Import graphics
  • Define animation
  • Resize, crop, rotate and edit bitmaps
  • Optimize GIF animations
  • Export animated GIFs

Posted by yrizoud @ 4/12/2009 08:51

Free software for pixel art and index painting, similar to Deluxe Paint. Available on many platforms, including Linux, Windows and Mac.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 9/15/2005 15:31

Posted by jalonso @ 4/13/2014 05:01

A great tutorial by Indigo on how to do index painting using photoshop.
This is great for time saving production settings.


Posted by 8 Bit Dreams @ 3/27/2015 08:21

Fast tutorial about how you can easily replace different colors in MS Paint.

Posted by 8 Bit Dreams @ 3/27/2015 08:16

In this tutorial I will show you how to save pixel art. Saving is definitely one of the most important things and I have seen how someone messes up his work by just saving to wrong format a lot. So, I hope this tutorial will help you all.

Posted by avo @ 7/23/2010 06:19

Freeware icon and cursor editors, that can also export BMP, PNG and gif images, that makes them nice for any kind of pixel works. 

Posted by jamon @ 3/27/2008 08:40
ImageJ runs on Linux, Mac OS 9, Mac OS X, Windows, and the Sharp Zaurus PDA.

ImageJ and its Java source code are freely available and in the public domain. No license is required.

Posted by jalonso @ 2/7/2006 21:57
I came across this site and thought it was interesting. For WINDOWS XP ONLY. I am a mac user so I make no reccomendations whatsoever. It seems to be mainly for icon editing/cretaion but mentions that "new" tools have been added some of which are layers and animation. Demo is available if interested.

Posted by DeProgrammer @ 1/16/2008 10:59
This little Windows program I made pretty much takes a screenshot every time you release the left or right mouse button. It doesn't exactly save the whole picture every time you change a pixel, but it can be used to show people exactly what goes on when you're creating or modifying a pixel art. It only saves the WIP's with a specific name set in a specific folder (SavePlace in the program's directory); additional options may come later if feedback is acceptable. As-is, however, it's usable, and you can turn it into a video if you use, for example, VirtualDub to import the BMP's it makes. I can possibly make it work for other Windows programs if users of the aforementioned programs can send them to me so I can get their window class names.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 9/15/2005 15:31

Posted by jalonso @ 12/14/2007 20:44

Take Paint further with this gem.
Ever wondered how to scale, clone and make custom sized brushed?
These tips may help. Chapter 2 is useful for creating doublewide pixelart.

Posted by KalasMannen @ 2/6/2011 09:34

mtPaint is a graphics editor, that works on several platforms Description from the site:

"mtPaint is a painting program which Mark Tyler developed from scratch so he could easily create pixel art and manipulate digital photos.

It uses the GTK+ toolkit (version 1 or 2) and runs on PC's via the GNU/Linux or Windows operating systems. Due to its efficient design it can run on older PC hardware (e.g. a 200MHz CPU and 16MB of free RAM).

mtPaint is free software, which means you are able to freely use, modify and distribute it according to the GNU General Public License.

Currently mtPaint is maintained by Dmitry Groshev."

Posted by Mandrill @ 1/15/2016 11:39

Easy Pixel Art Editor
Why another pixel art editor? Pixel art is not easy on the phone and the hundreds of pixel art editor APPs in the market are not very user friendly.
Available for Android.

Posted by Sah War @ 1/6/2008 04:36
Useful raster graphics editor, can be used for pixel art creation...Plugins are also supported...

Posted by sahwar @ 10/14/2014 06:05

PaintStar is a freeware graphics/image editor similar to the GIMP and Paint.NET. It has 25 tools, including a pencil tool and a brush tool. Its features also include (for v2.70): gradients, textures, alpha transparency, layers, paths, a zoom with a grid (10%-2000%), TWAIN support for importing images from scanners and digital cameras, a canvas size of up to 5000x5000 pixels, more than 100 filters/effects, as well as a normal and an indexed palette for editing GIFs with a limited number of colors (up to 256). It supports more than 30 image formats and is available for (i.e. works under) Microsoft Windows 95, 98, Me, NT 4.0, 2000, XP and later.

Posted by 8 Bit Dreams @ 4/17/2015 08:09

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PaintTool SAI is high quality and lightweight painting software, fully digitizer support, amazing anti-aliased paintings, provide easy and stable operation, this software make digital art more enjoyable and comfortable.

- Fully digitizer support with pressure.
- Amazing anti-aliased drawings.
- Highly accurate composition with 16bit ARGB channels.
- Simple but powerful user interface, easy to learn.
- Fully support Intel MMX Technology.
- Data protection function to avoid abnormal termination such as bugs.

his software has 31 days trial period. You can use this software with full function without fee during the first 31 days. (CAUTION: This software disable the file open/save functions immediately when 31 days trial period expired. It means that you lose painting since the saved point.)
If you'd like to continue using this software after the 31 days trial period expired, you need to purchase the"Software License" from this site.

Posted by 8 Bit Dreams @ 12/3/2014 17:39

A similar program to Pyxel Edit. Free trial is available, comes in Window and Mac flavours.

Posted by sahwar @ 10/2/2014 05:11

PictBear is a pixel art editor with support for a palette, layers and brushes. It's available as freeware and supports English and Japanese. It's similar to Paint.NET.

Posted by Marina @ 4/10/2014 07:37

Pixcen by Censor Design
A great program for creating C64 style pixel art.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 9/15/2005 15:30

Posted by Noburo @ 3/26/2014 20:23

Pyxel Edit is a pixel art drawing application especially designed for working with tiles.

Posted by TZero @ 4/12/2016 22:11

REXPaint is a powerful and user-friendly ASCII art editor. Use a wide variety of tools to create ANSI block/line art, roguelike mockups and maps, and for other roguelike development needs

Posted by rm2kdev @ 2/7/2013 22:31

Swatchy, is a great tool for swapping palettes between sprites. you could make a set of steel armor sprites for your character and non distructively change them to gold, wood, fire, diamond with easy palette switching tools and an amazing realtime preview function. 

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 9/15/2005 15:25
Graphics application with support for just about every platform (Mac, PC, Unix).

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 9/15/2005 15:29

Posted by gamer404 @ 1/5/2008 09:33

Game Maker is an easy Game-design program! Make your art come to life. You can use The Drag and Drop actions, or program in GML!

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