Resolution-Independent Pixel Art Software for PC/Mac (Free Beta)
Pixelmash is currently in open beta, so you can start using it right away for free! Download now for Mac or PC.
Help support Pixelmash's development and get a great deal by buying an as-is pre-release license now!
Why Resolution-Independence For Pixel Art?
Pixelmash brings a whole new approach to pixel art by letting you paint or import high-resolution images, then non-destructively pixelize and apply other layer effects to turn it into amazing pixel art. This allows you to do really cool things, like create animations using layer transforms rather than having to paint every frame pixel-by-pixel, or make outlines or dithering easily adjustable by having them applied as layer effects, or easily create different resolutions and color variants of the same image. Of course at any point you can convert your project to standard pixel art and do precise pixel-by-pixel work. Try it for free, you’ll be surprised at how fast it is to create iconic video game art!
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About the Beta
We've made Pixelmash available for free in beta form so we can get feedback as we develop it, but we also want to judge overall interest in the project and how much time and resources to devote to it. If you enjoy the beta as it is now and would like to see it developed further, please consider jumping in and purchasing an as-is pre-release license. We're offering this license at a discount to the eventual launch price, and the more purchases we get, the more we’ll invest in Pixelmash!
Pixelmash is currently in open beta, so you can start using it right away for free! Download now for Mac or PC.
Help support Pixelmash's development and get a great deal by buying an as-is pre-release license now!
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Beta Feedback
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Version History
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Beta 7 (Latest)
•Layers are now nestable
•Click to select layers in workspace
•Layer effects can be copied and pasted
•Added ability to export sprite sheets
•Added color palettes (saved with project files)
•Animation frames can be copied and pasted
•Added support for onion skinning with animation
•Animation frames can now additionally be based only on transforms or only on layer visibility
•New options for outline effect, including for tinted coloring based on existing layer colors
•Added new noise effect
•Added random option to dither effect patterns
•Added startup buttons in the interface to create/load files
•Many UI improvements/refinements
•Improved memory usage
•Added undo for layer reordering
•File extension changed to .pmf
•New app logo/icon
Beta 6
•Notable painting speed improvements
•Updated layer transform tool to rotate and scale around the center of the layer’s contents instead of the full layer bounds
•Increased maximum resolution to 2048 pixels
•Transitioned beta to an extended time trial (100 days), each new beta will renew time trial
•Added Mask Unmatched Colors checkbox to Restrict Color Palette II effect
•Tweaked tolerance sliders on Color Key, Remap Color, and Restrict Color Palette II effects
•Bug fixes
Beta 5
•Added animation panel for animating layer transforms and visibility
•Added export to animated gif
•Added Masked Brush tool to paint only where pixels already exist
•Added Dither effect
•Dramatically improved painting speed
•Made side panel windows resizable
•Bug fixes
Beta 4
•Added transform tool to scale, rotate, and move layers
•Added Import option to bring an image file into your current document
•Added Restrict Color Palette II effect
•Added Remap Color effect
•Added Auto Color effect
•Improved accuracy in pixel sampling
Beta 3
•Fixed transparency bug on export on Windows
•Added Smooth style option for outline effect
Beta 2
•First public release!
Here's our roadmap of some of the things we plan to implement next:
•Layer grouping/nesting
•Selection tools (for easily deleting background elements)
•Export/import layer effects presets
•Custom palettes
•Custom dithering patterns
•Many more layer effects (send us your ideas)
•What else? You tell us!
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System Requirements
  • MacOS 10.9 or newer, 64-bit Intel
  • Windows 7 or newer, 64-bit
  • 1GB RAM, 100 MB hard drive space