Pixelart with Aseprite

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Pixelart with Aseprite

The world is pixels. But what is your favorite tool to master your retro pixelart workout?

Source: https://www.aseprite.org/

Aseprite is tool specialized on pixel-arts and made for the creation of animated sprites.

It integrates frame based animation capabilities, layers and many solid pixel-painting features. The tool is full of surprises, even if it looks very basic when you start. But the reduced and retro-fashioned UI is not a bug, it’s a feature. You know that there are quite a lot features under the hood, once you looked at the shortcut-cheatsheet.

That’s how Aseprite looks like

You will find some goodies here and there, for instance you can use color presets of your retro device of choice.

Color-palette presets in Aseprite

You can export your artwork using various file types and there are smart settings, like the export for Twitter, which makes it easier to share your animated opus magnum.

File types in Aseprite
Export setting in Aseprite

If you are digging into game development, if you want to create your own sprites or pixel-animations or if you like creative tools with a retro touch, then Aseprite might be a good candidate for you. Check out https://www.aseprite.org/ for more information. The price is fair and the tool is optimized for the use case and built with love.

Besides the code, you will find some more information on Aseprite on github. And if you want to know which features will be shipped in the future, then take a look at the Aseprite Roadmap.

Note: This is not a sponsored post, I purchased Aseprite some months ago on Steam. At that time I was looking for a nice and optimized tool to do some pixelart in the context of game development. Aseprite turned out to be a good solution for my case. And then: I love retro pixelart of course, I’m a child of the 80’s! YOLO!