Aseprite Pixel Art Editor Main Window

Aseprite is an Open Source application that allows you to create animated sprites. A sprite is basically a 2D animated image that can be included into a larger project (i.e Video game).

Aseprite offers all the features you might expect from a pixel art editor such as:
  • Graphic editing tools (e.g. Layers, selections, blur tool, zoom ...)
  • Built-in frame editor (i.e. GIF creator)
  • Automatic color indexer 
  • Preview mode
  • Wide range of supported formats (e.g. Jpeg, ico, gif, png, bmp ...)
  • Pixelated theme (I'm not sure if this should be called a feature or not)


#Preferences Dialog

#Tool Options

#Play Animation Window


This is an animated GIF that was created using Aseprite:

Ubuntu users can easily install Aseprite from the PlayDeb repository by using the following commands:

echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc)-getdeb games" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install aseprite

Image: Animated Nyan Cat from DeviantArt