Pixen – pixel art editor

Furnace Creek Software LLC
Last updated: 16 Oct 2023

Pixen is a professional pixel art editor designed for working with low-resolution raster art, such as those 8-bit sprites found in old-school video games. With features including a unique color palette system, layers, and high-zoom support, Pixen packs all the tools pixel artists need in an intuitive, iPad-native interface. Pixen also makes creating frame-by-frame animations fun and easy.

Animations – Create and arrange image frames in the filmstrip view to piece together animations. Pixen can import animated PNGs, animated GIFs, and sprite sheets. It can export animations as animated GIFs, animated PNGs, movies, image sequences, and sprite sheets!

Tools – Leverage Pixen’s wide array of tools when composing pixel art: Pencil, Eraser, Brightness, Text, Eyedropper, Zoom, Rectangular Selection, Magic Wand, Lasso, Move, Fill, Line, Rectangle, and Ellipse.

Apple Pencil Support – All of Pixen’s tools are fully compatible with Apple Pencil on iPad. You can take advantage of the double-tap gesture on Apple Pencil 2 to quickly switch to your last tool, switch to the eraser, or bring up the color picker. Pixen even supports Apple Pencil hover effects.

Layers – Take advantage of the flexibility layers provide when working with complex pixel art. Change opacities, blend modes, and more to compose creative effects.

Color Palettes – With Pixen, you can add and organize commonly-used colors into palettes. Pixen can also import and export color palettes in the Adobe Color Table, Microsoft Palette, JASC Palette, and GIMP Palette formats. You can even perform palette operations such as sorting colors, removing duplicate colors, and more, directly in the app.

Grid – Take advantage of Pixen’s grid tools to guide you in placing pixels just where you want them.

Preview – While editing at high zoom levels, use the Preview feature to view the canvas scaled out. You can even play back animations and tile small images when working on patterns.

Wide Format Support – Export your artwork in PNG, JPEG, GIF, ICO, BMP, TIFF, SVG, and PSD file formats.

Sharing – Share your creations quickly and easily via AirDrop, Messages, email, and more!

Custom Backgrounds – Pick a flat, striped, or checkered background to be drawn beneath the canvas.

Pixen is also available for macOS and is the only pixel art maker of its class that syncs documents with iCloud!


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9 MB


Graphics & Design, Photo & Video


App Store

– Modernized the appearance of tool icons
– Added a Pixel Perfect mode to the Pencil, Line, and Eraser tools that ensures the widths of drawn paths are at most 1px
– Fixed a rare crash that could occur while using the Brightness tool

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