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Pixelorama – Open Source Editor for Pixel Art

Pixelorama Sprite Editor
Written by Martins Okoi
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Pixelorama is an open-source application designed for creating pixel art. It was built using Godot – an open-source, multi-platform 2d and 3d game engine. Although still in baby stages, Pixelorama already boasts a clean user interface and a long list of features that enable users to get started with pixel art projects.

The Pixelorama update is version 0.6 and it ships with a handful of exciting features which include support for multiple themes, a splash screen, layer opacity, more localizations, improved brushes, colour palettes, and constrained angles in straight lines.

See an overview of these latest versions and more in the showcase video below.

Features in Pixelorama

  • Free and open source.
  • Available on Linux, Windows, and macOS.
  • Mappable editing tools to the left and right mouse buttons (pencil, eraser, fill a bucket, lighten/darken, color picker and rectangle select tools).
  • Colour palettes.
  • Multiple brushes and brush sizes for different mouse buttons.
  • Support for custom brushes.
  • Support for animation with Onion Skinning.
  • Layer opacity.
  • Import/export frames to images.
  • Multiple theme support: Dark, Gray, Godot, Gold, and Light.
  • Tile mode for pattern creation.
  • Keyboard shortcuts.
  • Multi-language support including Polish, Spanish, Italian, Greek, etc.

Pixelorama has a lot more features listed on the official website which indicate that it is in heavy development. The developers promise that more features are on the way and they also hope that users and well-wishers will support by means of code, donations, or bug reports.

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To quote the development team,

We love free, open source programs! Examples of those are Godot (where Pixelorama was created), Gimp, Inkscape, Krita, Blender etc. We support those by using them instead of their paid counterparts. They can produce stunning and professional results, and all of this for free! In order for free open source programs to keep being created, donations are needed, in order for the creators to be supported. You can support us, the creators of Pixelorama too by donating and you can request any new features or report any potential bugs!

How to Install Pixelorama on Linux

Pixelorama is available on snapcraft for a 1-click install. If you prefer installation via the terminal, run the following command:

Install Pixelorama on Debian/Ubuntu

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install snapd
$ sudo snap install pixelorama

Install Pixelorama on Fedora

$ sudo dnf install snapd
$ sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap
$ sudo snap install pixelorama

Install Pixelorama on CentOS/RHEL

$ sudo yum install epel-release   [On CentOS]
$ sudo dnf install https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-8.noarch.rpm  [On RHEL]

$ sudo yum upgrade
$ sudo yum install snapd
$ sudo systemctl enable --now snapd.socket
$ sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap
$ sudo snap install pixelorama

Alternatively, you can download AppImage and run it directly without installing it.

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Download Pixelorama

Are you a pixel art creator? Which applications do you use to accomplish your tasks and what are your thoughts on Pixelorama? The discussion section is below.

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About the author

Martins Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a Computer Science graduate with a passion for Linux and Open Source software. He is studying again for an MSc in Cybersecurity but still makes time to write about the best software the market has to offer.