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Pixen Alternatives

Pixen is described as 'pixel art editor designed for working with low-resolution raster art, such as those 8-bit sprites found in old-school video games' and is a Image Editor in the photos & graphics category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Pixen for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and Self-Hosted solutions. The best alternative is GIMP, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Pixen are Paint.NET, Microsoft Paint, Glimpse Image Editor and Aseprite.

Pixen alternatives are mainly Image Editors but may also be Digital Painting Tools or Photo Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Pixen.
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  1. GIMP icon

    GIMP is a free program for such photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. Essentially it's the closest thing to Photoshop you can get for free.

    ⚫︎ Support for LayersGIMP supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableGIMP is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ DRM FreeNo Digital rights management (DRM), i.e. no copy protection.
    ⚫︎ Ad-freeGIMP doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsGIMP can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ PortableGIMP can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in GIMP, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingGIMP supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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  2. Paint.net is a free and very capable image editing software for Windows. Great alternative to Photoshop for people that do not need all the stuff PS offers.

    ⚫︎ Support for LayersPaint.NET supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    ⚫︎ LightweightPaint.NET consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsPaint.NET can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModePaint.NET supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ PortablePaint.NET can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  3. Paint (formerly Paintbrush) is a simple, ultra-basic graphics painting program that is included with almost all versions of Microsoft Windows. It opens and saves files as Windows bitmap (24-bit, 256 color, 16 color, and monochrome, all with the .

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    There's no animation tools in Paint.NET.

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    Glimpse Image Editor

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Glimpse is an open source image editor based on the GNU Image Manipulation Program. The goal is to experiment with new ideas and expand the use of free software.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableGlimpse Image Editor is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Support for LayersGlimpse Image Editor supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
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    Discontinued

    The Glimpse editor has been discontinuedSource: https://glimpse-editor.org/posts/a-project-on-hiatus/

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    Aseprite

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Aseprite (previously ASE, aka Allegro Sprite Editor) is a program to create animated sprites & pixel art. Sprites are little images that can be used in your website or in a video game.

    ⚫︎ Support for LayersAseprite supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
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    Most users think Aseprite is a great alternative to Pixen.


  6. FireAlpaca is the image editor that can be used readily and easily. We made it possible to provide the completely free download, in order for our products to be experienced by more users from all over the world. It is available for both Mac and Windows users!

    ⚫︎ Support for LayersFireAlpaca supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
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    Pixelorama

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Pixelorama is a free and open source sprite editor, ideal for pixel art. In this page you'll be learning about the latest added features, as well as its features in general. It's made with Godot Engine, using GDScript.

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    GraphicsGale

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Animation graphic editor easy to use - Powerful tool for spriting and pixel art.

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    Grafx2

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    GrafX2 is a bitmap paint program inspired by the Amiga programs Deluxe Paint and Brilliance.

    ⚫︎ Support for LayersGrafx2 supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
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  10. Pixelitor is a cross-platform raster graphics editor written in Java. It supports image filters, drawing, layers, multiple undo, etc. Currently its main strength lies in the more than 70 image filters and color adjustments, some of which are unique.

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