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Pixel Art Maker: Free Online Sprite Editing App

This is a simple online pixel art creator app which needs little explanation or instructions.

  • Click the color you want to paint & paint in the squares.
  • Erase mistakes.
  • Repeat for other colors.
  • Turn the grid on or off before exporting your downloadable sprite images using the second button up front the bottom left.
  • Export your image using the button in the lower left corner.

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You can make pixel art using this tool online by clicking in the window below.

Want a larger grid? Working on a small device like a smartphone? You can use this tool as a stand alone web application here.

How Do I Make Pixel Art?

How to Play

Select your colors, paint, click to remove the grid when you are done, and export your image.

  • Drawing Sprites
    • For reference the grid is 17 pixels tall by 26 pixels wide.
    • Click on the color you want to paint.
    • Paint it in the grid squares.
    • Change colors as needed.
    • If you make a mistake, there is an eraser in the lower left corner.
    • The biggest limitation of this tool is it only has 10 colors (or 11 if you count white), but it is still fun.
  • Export
    • When you are ready to export you can click the button with a # symbol on it to turn the layout grid on or off.
    • Click the S button in the lower left corner to save your downloadable sprite image to your computer.
    • You can repeatedly export images with the grid on or off. The export size is 2639 wide by 1674.
    • We made a Mario example below. 🙂

Is Pixel Art Dying?

If you look at the prices of vintage Nintendo games you’ll see there is still a lot of love for that era. Collectibles and visual representations of them are a way for adults to escape the complexity of life and relive their childhood.

As technology changes our lives at a faster rate we crave the simplicity of days gone by. Nostalgia is powerful.

Mad Men’s Don Draper explaining the power of nostalgia

“Technology is a glittering lure. But there is the rare occasion when the public can be engaged in a level beyond flash if they have a sentimental bond with the product. … The most important idea in advertising is “new.” It creates an itch. You simply put your product in there as a calamine lotion., but he also talked about a deeper bond with the product: nostalgia. It’s delicate, but potent.” – Don Draper

Gaming is a Huge Growth Market

  • Gaming is one of the most popular online activities – which is why Gabe Newell founded Valve and Google named their Android app store Play. On some of the earnings calls Google made it sound like their app store (& its revenue) were synonymous with games.
  • Smartphones put a gaming console in almost everyone’s pocket.
  • Gaming companies like AppLovin, Unity & Roblox have recently went public in recent years with valuations in the $10s of billions.
  • People spend billions of hours watching people play games on Twitch, YouTube.
  • Microsoft nearly acquired gaming chat platform Discord for over $10 billion.
  • The research report Gaming Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2021-2026 stated the global gaming market reached $167.9 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.24% through 2026 to a value of $287.1 billion.
  • The rise of visual social networks like SnapChat, TikTok, Instagram promote visual representations of ourselves and our identities.

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One comment on "Pixel Art Maker: Free Online Sprite Editing App"

  • Joey says:

    This simple art generator allows you to make images based on groups of squares. The i tool is remarkably versatile despite its simplicity. The only limiting factor you have is size and color selection. You can still enlarge your drawing space by opening the program in a different window.

    The grid lets you plan out your colors with precision. That said, do remember to remove it before you import the picture.

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