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.
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.
Use Our Free Online Sprite Editor
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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