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Written by: Miguel Esquirol on Feb 3 2012, 4:28pm

ASEPRITE: Pixel Art Software

Today, a fun program. There are many ways to create a nice image, but how would you go about creating pixel art? These images emulate the classic video-arcade game style using just pixels that are clearly visible. The results are isometric and elaborate figures that have a vintage feeling and can be used for web, print and even video games.

ASEPRITE (or ASE, Allegro Sprite Editor) is an open source program to create Pixel Art. ASEPRITE is a graphic editing program that works at the pixel level and gives you plenty of tools to create your images.



The program works on Windows and Mac, and the pixel art aesthetic is used even in its UI.

The basic tools are similar to any other graphic editor:

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Paint Bucket
  • Line
  • Geometric Shapes

Besides that, the progam brings a nice collection of different tools that make it stand out over other simple editors:

  • Use of frames
  • Support of color modes: RGBA, Indexed (palettes up to 256 colors), and Grayscale.
  • Support a multitude of formats
  • Tiled drawing mode
  • Undo/Redo for every operation
  • Multiple editors: You can split the editor and work in the same image at different zoom levels.
  • Pixel art specific tools like filled Contour & Polygon.


But that is not all what this program is about. This program can be used to create animations and Sprites. Sprites are two-dimensional images or animations used to be integrated into a videogame. For example, a character or the different tools that a character will find.

The program allows you to create and export these images, and load and save animations as a sequence of images.

To create seamless animations, the program uses Onion skinning, a technique to reveal the previous frame to be able to draw the movement on top.


ASEPRITE is not a program to retouch photos or vector graphics, but to create tiny images and animations pixel-by-pixel. The program focuses on pixel editing, and does superb work.

To see what is possible to do with Pixel Art just check these links: