There’s no denying that Mac users have their work cut out for them when it comes to looking for free or open source software and programs that they can use for their Macbooks. However, with Pixen available, they don’t to worry much longer.
Pixen is a fully free graphics editor software that you can use for your Mac. Most people know that there are a lot of reliable graphics software out there for Windows and other systems but hardly for Mac. This software is especially suited for pixel artists, however, it does work perfectly with all types of artists.
There are plenty of users who have raved about Pixen’s capabilities to render and edit graphics. Some even say that it is a much better software compared to ones that are for sale. As mentioned, the program itself is created for small scale or pixel art, but it has proven to be a flexible tool and also works great when doing other types of graphic editing.
Most people think that with the existence of advanced rendering technology and new age consoles, the need for creating pixel art has already gone extinct. However, this is not the case. A need for pixel art or creating sprites is still in demand since there are still devices that have a limited capability. Devices like the Ipod or other mp3 players will not be able to handle fully loaded graphics, hence, small scale art is still much ideal.
Some of the best features that Pixen has include being able to customize the backgrounds. It also provides “smart palettes,” alignment crosshair, auqa compliant and advanced grid customization.
Another nice thing about this program is that the makers have considered that working in such small levels might cause the artist to lose sight of the overall look of the artwork, hence, they have provided a separate window where the artist can view the entire artwork. This will help to put everything into perspective and allow the artist to judge whether any changes in the background needs to be done.
Despite all its bells and whistles, the program can intermittently lag behind and it is noticeably sluggish at certain times. This is especially true if heavy editing is done.
Nevertheless, Pixen triumphs over other programs in the same field. It is perfect for creating still or animated work and best of all, it’s absolutely free.
Pixen Official Website
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