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Online Users Guide
More resources coming soon! For now, we've put together a quick hotkey chart so you can get started quickly and efficiently using Pixelmash. Also check out our Pixelmash playlist on YouTube for walkthroughs, feature highlights, and more!

Pixelmash Hotkey Chart
This hotkey chart is for the latest version (download PDF here); for earlier versions of Pixelmash, please see Other Downloads, below.

    Mouse Hotkeys
  • Change Brush Size: Hold Cmd/Ctrl and Scroll Up/Down
    Make the current brush bigger or smaller. Applies for Brush, Pencil, Erase, and Masked Brush tool. (You can also use hotkeys ] and [ to increase/decrease brush size.)
  • Move Viewport: Hold Opt and Click/Drag Mouse
    Move viewport while painting.
  • Zoom In/Out: Scroll Up/Down
    Zoom the canvas in and out, regardless of current tool mode.
  • Draw/erase straight lines: Right-Click
    Right clicking in a brush/erase tool will let you set an anchor point to draw a straight line from—your next click after that will draw/erase a line between those two points. (You can keep right-clicking to keep drawing a sequence of connected lines, or left click to end and return to normal paint mode. Esc will also exit to normal paint mode.)
  • Erase Toggle: Shift and Left Click
    Will perform erase when you're in one of the brush tools other than erase
  • Masked Brush Toggle: Cmd/Ctrl and Left Click
    Will perform a masked brush operation when you're in one of the other brush tools (pencil or regular brush)
  • Fill Toggle: Cmd/Ctrl+Shift and Left Click
    Will perform fill when you're in one of the brush tools (brush, masked brush, pencil)

  • Keyboard Hotkeys
  • New Project: Cmd/Ctrl+N
    Opens a new, blank Pixelmash file in the dimensions you specify.
  • Open: Cmd/Ctrl+O
    Opens an existing Pixelmash (PMF) file or image.
  • Import Image: Cmd/Ctrl+I
    Imports an image into your project.
  • Save Project: Cmd/Ctrl+S
    Save your project as a PMF file.
  • Save Project As: Shift+Cmd/Ctrl+S
    Save your project as a new PMF file.
  • Export Image: Cmd/Ctrl+E
    Export your project as a PNG, TIFF JPG, PNG/JPG/TIFF Sprite Sheet, or an Animated GIF.
  • Export Selected: Shift+Cmd/Ctrl+E
    Exports just the selected layer(s) in your project.

  • Undo: Cmd/Ctrl+Z
    Undoes the last action.
  • Redo: Shift+Cmd/Ctrl+Z
    Redoes the last action.
  • Copy Layer: Cmd/Ctrl+C
    Copies the current layer.
  • Paste Layer: Cmd/Ctrl+V
    Pastes the copied layer as a new layer.
  • Paste Layer Effects: Shift+Cmd/Ctrl+V
    Pastes the copied layer's effects onto the selected layer.
  • Paste Layer Transform: Shift+Opt+V
    Pastes the copied layer's transform onto the selected layer.
  • Copy Animation Frame: Opt+Cmd/Ctrl+C
    Copies the selected animation frame.
  • Paste Animation Frame: Opt+Cmd/Ctrl+V
    Pastes the copied animation frame into the selected animation frame.

  • Select Tool: V
    Tool for navigating the viewport.
  • Transform Tool: T
    Moves, scales, and rotates layers.
  • Erase Tool: E
    Erases pixels on the selected layer. Use right-click to place anchor points for erasing straight lines. Holding Alt+Shift while using the pencil or brush tools will erase, as well.
  • Pencil Tool: P
    Paints lines at the current pixelized resolution. Use right click to place anchor points for drawing straight lines. Hold Alt+Shift while using to erase, hold Cmd/Ctrl to toggle to Masked Brush mode, hold Shift+Cmd/Ctrl to Fill. Hold down Opt and click/drag mouse when using to move viewport.
  • Masked Brush Tool: Shift+B
    Paints only over existing pixels in the selected layer. Use right-click to place anchor points for drawing straight lines. Hold Alt+Shift while painting to erase, hold Shift+Cmd/Ctrl to Fill. Holding Cmd/Ctrl while using the pencil or brush tools will perform a masked brush, as well.
  • Brush Tool: B
    Paints pixels on the selected layer. Use right-click to place anchor points for erasing straight lines. Hold Alt+Shift while painting to erase, hold Cmd/Ctrl to toggle to Masked Brush mode, hold Shift+Cmd/Ctrl to Fill. Hold Cmd/Ctrl and scroll up/down to change brush size. Hold down Opt and click/drag mouse when painting to move viewport.
  • Increase Brush Size: ]
    Increases the radius of the Brush tool.
  • Decrease Brush Size: [
    Decreases the radius of the Brush tool.
  • Fill Tool: F
    Fills an area of identical pixels with a new color in the selected layer. Holding Shift+Cmd/Ctrl and clicking while using the pencil or brush tools will perform a fill, as well.
  • Shape Tool: M
    Paints rectangles and circles. Long-press on the icon to select the desired shape mode.
  • Color Picker: I
    Eyedropper tool to choose a color based on colors on the screen.
  • Add Current Color to Palette: C
    Adds the currently-selected color to a custom color palette below the color chooser.
  • Remove Current Color from Palette: Shift+C
    Removes the currently-selected color from the custom color palette.
  • Next Palette Color:
    Switches the active color to the next color in the custom palette.
  • Previous Palette Color:
    Switches the active color to the previous color in the custom palette.

  • Toggle Pixel Preview: /
    Toggles between pixel preview mode and high-res mode.
  • Zoom To 100%: 8
    Zooms the canvas to full size.
  • Zoom To Fit: 9
    Zooms the canvas to fill the screen.
  • Zoom Screen In/Out: Scroll Up/Down
    Zooms the canvas in and out.

  • Show Animation Preview Window: Space
    Toggle to play/pause the animation preview.
  • Next Frame:
    Shows the next animation frame.
  • Previous Frame:
    Shows the previous animation frame.

Downloadable Shortcut/Hotkey Chart (PDF)



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System Requirements


Other Downloads
Example Files: One of the best ways to understand how powerful Pixelmash is and how it works is to take a look at some sample project files and mess around with them. Try taking a look at these!
Legacy Hotkey Charts: Using an older version of Pixelmash? You can download the hotkey chart to match the version you are running.
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System Requirements
  • MacOS 10.12 or newer, 64-bit Intel
  • Windows 7, 8, or 10, 64-bit
  • 1GB RAM, 100 MB hard drive space