pixel art and animation editor for iOS

Pixen is a professional pixel art editor designed for working with low-resolution raster art, such as those 8-bit sprites found in old-school video games. Pixen packs all the tools pixel artists need in an intuitive, native interface including support for high zoom levels, animation editing, color palettes, and a lot more.

Document Library

The Pixen experience starts in the Document Library, which allows you to manage all of your creations in one place. You can import and export files in various file formats including PNG, JPEG, GIF, ICO, BMP, TIFF, SVG, and PSD. Files can be imported from your Photos library, the Files app, or even the clipboard. Pixen for macOS users can also take advantage of seamless iCloud sync. Finally, you can quickly share documents and even export sprite sheets.

Pixen Document Library

Tools and Apple Pencil

Leverage Pixen's wide array of tools when composing pixel art: Pencil, Eraser, Brightness, Text, Eyedropper, Zoom, Rectangular Selection, Magic Wand, Lasso, Move, Fill, Line, Rectangle, and Ellipse.

All of Pixen's tools are fully compatible with Apple Pencil on iPad. You can even take advantage of the double-tap gesture on Apple Pencil 2 to quickly switch to your last tool, switch to the eraser, or bring up the color picker.

Pixen Tools

Color Palettes

With Pixen, you can add and organize commonly-used colors into palettes. Pixen can even import color palettes in the Adobe Color Table, Microsoft Palette, JASC Palette, and GIMP Palette formats.

Pixen Color Palettes


Create and arrange image frames in the filmstrip view to piece together animations. Pixen can import animated PNGs and GIFs, and it can export animations as animated GIFs, PNGs, QuickTime Movies, or even sprite sheets!

Pixen Animations


Take advantage of Pixen's grid tools to guide you in placing pixels just where you want them.

Pixen Grid


While editing at high zoom levels, use the Preview feature to view the canvas scaled out. You can even play back animations and tile small images when working on patterns.

Pixen Preview

And a lot more...

Keyboard Shortcuts

If you use iPad with a keyboard, take advantage of Pixen's wide array of keyboard shortcuts.

Wide Format Support

Export your artwork in PNG, JPEG, GIF, ICO, BMP, TIFF, SVG, and PSD file formats.


Share your creations quickly and easily via AirDrop, Messages, e-mail, and more!

Native iOS App

Pixen is built with native iOS technologies such as Core Animation, Core Image, and UIKit to take full advantage of what iOS has to offer.

Amazing for a new artist, deserves your attention

I just recently got into pixel art. As a software developer I've always wanted to make games but felt lost when it came to creating assets. Pixen takes that fear away. It provides a great workflow when switching between the mobile and desktop versions, and all of the tools you need are just right there.

- App Store review

We hope you enjoy using Pixen on iOS! Be sure to also check out Pixen for macOS.