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Best sprite animation software for beginners

1.Piskel

Free download
Piskel is a free and an open-source online sprite editor that lets you create pixel art animations. This software program also includes onion skinning and lets users define frame rate. It available on both online and offline versions. 

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  • Kathleen Guerrero

    by Kathleen Guerrero

    It supports animation and the mere fact that it has an offline version is a plus for me. I am a mac user btw/

2.Spriter

Free download
Spriter is a 2D game animation program that allows you to create game characters and effects based on the "modular" method of animation. Thanks to its highly intuitive interface and advanced editing tools anyone can use it.

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  • Amber Tian

    by Amber Tian

    Even though it got the job done, I would have preferred something more geared towards beginners. If someone doesn't have any knowledge in this area, t More

  • by Roger Pearson

    If you are wanting to learn sprite animation this seems like a good place to start. It seems to be fairly easy to use as well.

  • Diana Herrera

    by Diana Herrera

    I really liked this. It cut the time down t it takes to create the characters in a video game. It gives you time to focus on other aspects.

3.Pyxel Edit

$9
Pyxel Edit is a Pyxer art drawing program that lets you work with tiles, inspired by the Pixothello and Cosmigo Pro Motion. It also allows you to make animations, and exporting them as sprite sheets or animated GIFs.

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  • Madison Santos

    by Madison Santos

    I think this looks like a great way for people to begin working with animation. It seems simple and easy to use. I think beginners would like that the More

  • Christopher Kelley

    by Christopher Kelley

    No doubt....i think this should be the top one. It is not free but i can assure you that it is the cheapest among others. The tile dimensions are also More

  • Helen Curtis

    by Helen Curtis

    This is so awesome! It is perfect for what I am looking for and I can't wait to get started. Fantastic!

  • Bruce Douglas

    by Bruce Douglas

    I love the look and feel of Pyxel Edit. It has a pretty easy to understand interface and makes building colorful and bold pixel art very simple for an More

4.Aseprite

Paid: $14.99 Free trial available
Aseprite is an open-source sprite animation program that allows you to create animated sprite and pixel-art. Its intuitive interface makes it very easy for beginners to draw characters and layers.

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  • Nicole Powell

    by Nicole Powell

    Aseprite is a fun open-source program that lets you create animated sprites and art. You can even create animated GIFs using the program. It is fun an More

  • Keith Jordan

    by Keith Jordan

    It looks like a great animated game for learning how to draw. highly recommended.

  • Howard Peters

    by Howard Peters

    Simple and easy to use. It has all the features that you need to make a cool sprite. I like how you can easily switch between parts of the object you  More

5.Paint.NET

Free download

Paint.NET is free and lightweight image and photo editing software that runs on Windows PC. It features an intuitive user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and plugins for extra functionality.

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  • Marcela Molina

    by Marcela Molina

    TOP PRO IS IT IS FREE. SECOND IS THAT IT IS EASY TO LEARN, AND BY EASY I REALLY MEAN EASY. :) U can even install and add plugins to it if you wish so..

6.GraphicsGale

Free download
GraphicsGale is an sprite animation editor that allows you to create animated sprite and pixel-art. It offers a wide range of features like previewing your animations in real time while editing sprites or onion skinning.

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  • Ralph Hughes

    by Ralph Hughes

    It's a nice app. Lean and does everything you need for sprite animations. I've always had an interest in sprite work and this allowed me to experiment More

  • Mildred Wheeler

    by Mildred Wheeler

    Sprite animation is my jam and GraphicsGale is the perfect animation editor. It has an insane amount of features and it's really user friendly, so it' More

  • Amy Miller

    by Amy Miller

    I wanted to learn how to make my own graphics but wasn't sure where to begin. I found this program and tried it out and thought it was perfect for wha More

7.Krita

Free download
Krita is a free and open source painting software for artists and illustrators. Is a great alternative to Photoshop, built and designed by artists who needed a fast and free tool to create original digital art or enhance print artworks.

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  • Harry Ramos

    by Harry Ramos

    The layout is very easy to understand and it is pretty intuitive. The useful tools are readily accessible for me. NO dropdowns or whatsoever. If you want to make it look simpler, you can also modify it.

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