Pixel art is so much more than just retro. We believe that the best pixel art ever is still being made. By you.
That’s why there’s nothing retro about Pixaki. The app is built to take full advantage of the latest features of iOS, and designed for a fantastic experience on iPad and iPad Pro.
Starting with a sketch or using a reference photo is great, but until now it’s posed a bit of a problem; if you resize the image to place pixels over the top, the detail gets lost making it hard to work with.
Pixaki’s reference layers allow you to import any image from your photo library at full resolution, resize and reposition it on the canvas, then draw pixels over the top. You can even have multiple reference layers at once, and adjust the opacity so that you can draw underneath the image if you prefer.
Pixel art was made to move, and with Pixaki it’s a joy to bring your creations to life. With advanced features such as per-frame duration and colour-shifted onion skinning, nothing can stop you.
Get away from your desk and get truly creative. Surrounded by nature, relaxing on the sofa, or commuting on the train — take your iPad and your inspiration with you.
Create, duplicate, copy, and merge layers, with support for up to 50 layers per frame. Adjust the opacity of each to easily create lighting and translucency effects.
Reordering layers is as simple as drag and drop.
Pixaki comes with some great palettes pre-installed, but also allows you to create and save your own. Once you’ve saved a palette, you can import it into any document that you’re working on.
You can also import palettes you’ve created in other software or downloaded in .aco, .pal, and .gpl formats.
The line tool makes it easy to create perfectly straight lines, which can optionally be locked to angles perfect for isometric art.
The rectangle and ellipse tools help in creating basic shapes, which can be automatically filled with colour, and the aspect ratio can be locked to create squares and circles.
It might look like an old bucket, but this is actually a supercharged colour replacement tool.
You can use it like a standard bucket tool, or replace all instances of a particular colour with another. This can be configured to affect just the layer you’re working on, all layers of the current frame, or all layers on all frames. Turning on erase mode to removes all pixels of a given colour.
It’s a great way to work with limited colour palettes.
Pixaki makes it easy to work with other desktop and mobile apps, as well as output for game engines and social media sharing.
Import and export layered PSDs. Export an animation, and the layers for each frame are put into groups.
Import and export animated GIFs. Export supports magnification, perfect for crisp images online.
Perfect for use in your game, with a configurable number of columns. Also supports magnification.
Save a PNG of each frame packaged into a ZIP file. Great for game engines and video production.
Export supports nearest-neighbour upscaling for crisp social media sharing.
Any image format supported by iOS can be imported into Pixaki — things like TIFFs and even JPEGs (yuck).
Supports Adobe Photoshop’s .aco files, GIMP’s .gpl files, and the JASC .pal format.
Create, then recreate with Pixaki’s powerful selection and transformation tools. Cut, copy, paste, move, flip, and rotate anything that you draw with a simple, intuitive interface.
Touch and hold the paste icon to quickly tile an area with an image from the clipboard.
Pixaki reinvents colour selection for touch, with its high precision hue, saturation, and brightness picker. You can also use RGB colour sliders, or quickly input a three or six character hex-code.
You can also sample any colour from your canvas with the eye dropper tool. Long press at any point to quickly select a colour.
The animation timeline lets you manage an unlimited number of frames. You can set the duration for each frame, duplicate, cut, copy, paste, and drag and drop to reorder.
The animation options let your set the overall speed (from 1 to 30 fps), and configure the onion skin settings.
What else in Pixaki will enable you to make amazing pixel art?
A pixel brush tool, easily adjustable from 1 x 1 px to 20 x 20 px.
A pixel eraser, much like the brush tool but more eraser‑y.
Group your documents into folders. You can even put folders in folders.
Import from and export to iCloud Drive, or any Document Picker app.
Customise the app’s UI by moving the sidebar and tools to suit your needs.
64-bit architecture brings desktop‑class performance.
The app’s engine runs on Metal, so drawing is smooth and responsive.
Share your images anywhere using iOS sharing.
Discover the tools, techniques, and shortcuts you’ll need to draw amazing pixel art in this official guide.