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pixel artSometimes it is fun to sit back and create something new. If you have artistic ability, your options for creating are vast. For those of us who do not have any ability, our options are extremely limited. I have stumbled across this fantastic iPhone app called Pixel’d which allows users to create some beautiful pictures even if their artistic abilities are lacking. We can’t all be the next Michelangelo, but with the help of technology, we can certainly try.

The pixel art app was created with Disney, so there are plenty of Disney characters that you can use to create art. This application allows you to create pictures using pixel art. This grid-based system makes it much easier to make some really cool pictures. As everything is mapped to a grid, not as much freehand skill is required. For the more artistically inclined, this app will still work very well for you because you can push it to the limits and make some amazing pictures in that old school, 8-bit style.

Getting Started

To start creating, you simply need to tap the “Draw” button. From here, you will be presented with an empty canvas on which you can create your next masterpiece. You can also tap “Shop” to purchase more stamps to use in your creations. The last option on the main page is “Gallery.” This is where you can see all the masterpieces you have created.

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Once in the canvas screen, you can tap the “Canvas” button to change the number of pixels in your creation. You can go as small as 4X4 and as big as 1024X768. Depending on the type of drawing you are attempting, choosing the right canvas size is an important step.

The Tools

There are three main tools. The first is the pen, which is how you will actually draw your pieces. The second is the stamp, which lets you add pre-drawn Disney characters to your drawing. The last tool is the eraser, which, as you might guess, allows you to fix any mistakes you may make.

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When you select a tool, the app will allow you to tweak it to your needs. For example, if you tap the pen or eraser, you will see a slider that allows you to choose how large you would like it to be. If you select the stamp tool, it will let you choose what you want to stamp.

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You can also choose the color select tool. In here, you can fine-tune your color choice by choosing the hue and adjusting the brightness. You can go fully colored or almost all the way transparent, depending on the needs of that particular part of the picture.

The app also has layer support. You can have three layers per image and these can be moved and tweaked independently of each other.

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You can also make brief animations using the bar at the bottom. You simply tap the frame you want to work on and create as you normally would. Obviously, this is going to be a time commitment to draw each frame, but the finished product comes out quite good if you put forth the effort.

In-App Purchases

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The in-app purchases are great for people who want to stick with using the stamps more than actually hand-drawing pictures. They allow you to load up on all kinds of characters and backgrounds. Of course, how much you love the app will determine if they are a worthwhile investment to you, but there are definitely some great options in there.

Sharing

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After you spend hours working on your masterpiece, you are going to want to show it to others. Do not worry, this app is integrated with most of the big social networks. By tapping the “Share” button the top of the canvas screen, you can share your creations on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, your Camera Roll and even Tumblr. If you want your friends to see your hard work, Pixel’d has you covered.

Conclusion

With this app, anyone from the unskilled artist to the professional can create awesome looking pictures. The results come out impressively and the 8-bit style gives them a different look and feel. The pixel art app is free, so there is no reason for any budding artist not to check it out.

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  1. Jon Smith
    August 23, 2012 at 2:24 am

    this should keep my niece busy for a while

    • Dave LeClair
      August 31, 2012 at 3:18 am

      Let us know how she likes it!

  2. Sebastian Hadinata
    August 23, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Looks like a very good app to create pixelated graphic and its free :D
    But no Android version?

    • Dave LeClair
      August 31, 2012 at 3:18 am

      No Android version that I can find. Sorry about that.

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