Pixaki: Pixel Art For Professionals Review

Pixaki: Pixel Art For Professionals Review

Blocky graphics rule the roost with this art package

Pixel art appears to be one of those art forms that will never go out of fashion. It harks back to days gone by on home computers and consoles of the 8-bit and 16-bit eras of the Eighties and Nineties. Graphics back then were blocky and yet richly formed, but you can still see examples of it today as people attempt to ‘go retro’ and evoke memories of the past.

Pixaki allows for the recreation of these gems with a touch interface that lets you manipulate chunky pixels on a canvas spreading up to 512px by 512px. It is truly amazing to see what you can come up with when you are using such a limited colour palette and you can let your imagination run free.

The way Pixaki allows you to create graphics is invitingly easy. That said, Pixaki does not fall back on old methods, so it’s not just a simple case of filling in squares. The app has a contemporary edge to its creative approach, meaning that you can produce art consisting of over 20 layers and even control their opacity. You can also export them as Photoshop PSD or PNG files. Pixaki lets you copy and paste graphics and layers and you can also customise the palette if you wish and get incredibly close, with up to 400 times magnification. On top of that, you can pop any graphics into Dropbox for easy porting to other platforms and editing. Indeed, the beauty of Pixaki is that it allows just about anyone to be able to produce some amazing pixel art, whether it’s for a creative project or just for fun. A refreshingly simple art download.

Rated 4 out of 5

Being able to produce your own personal pixel art is made fun and as easy as possible.