A free graphic editor for animated sprites and pixel art maker for Mac

Piskel for Mac

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Piskel for Mac

  -  71.25 MB  -  Open Source
  • Latest Version

    Piskel 0.14.0 LATEST

  • Review by

    Sophia Jones

  • Operating System

    Mac OS X 10.10 or later

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  • Author / Product

    Julian Descottes / External Link

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Piskel for Mac is a small but very usable free graphics editor focused on easy creation and modification of static and animated pixel art and GIFs. Its built-in tools enable both novices and professionals to immerse themselves into the world of pixel art design, with helpful preview windows, a wide array of drawing tools, and a streamlined way to export and share your creations.

After a short and uneventful installation, you can start this app that showcases all of its tools immediately on the main editor screen. The center of the app is of course dedicated to canvas, with a large array of drawing tools on the traditional left spot, and in-depth tool properties on the far right.

Drawing tools comprise all the pens and brushes you will ever need, and all the other necessary tools such as paint bucket, vertical mirror pen, lasso selection, dithering and lighten utensil, and detailed tools for managing the exact color palette of your project.

The editor also has a dedicated space for the listing of individual frames immediately on the left of the canvas, and the very useful live preview screen (with user-selectable playback speed controls) in the top right corner. Interestingly, the app moves away from the traditional drop-down menus that are listed on top of the app, and instead brings its file management options with a selection of just a few icons located on the very right border of the app.

With those tools, you can open app Options, save the current project, open a new one, activate the full-screen mode, and access one of the most unique services found inside the Piskel for macOS – an online gallery of your project. In that gallery, you can keep your sprites and animated creations for easy access and sharing. The gallery can host both private and public sprites.

After your work is done, the finalized sprites can be exported using several supported modes. In addition to the traditional static and animated file formats, Piskel for Mac also has the ability to export your content inside compresses ZIP archives which are well suited for use on larger projects.

Piskel is a 100% FREE desktop app and can be used on all versions of macOS. Developed by a single developer, this popular pixel art design software is supported with in-app advertisements, but thankfully the ads are not present on the main editor window, enabling the users to design their art in peace. The app does not support any form of donations, subscriptions, or license upgrades.

Also Available: Download Piskel for Windows

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