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Any One Know A Good 2D Sprite Making Program

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I edited this to make it a little clearer Hi my name is Tanner and I make some indie games and me and my friends have put together a team to make a freeware game website and we have been looking for a 2D artist(Still looking if interested PM me.)but can't find one who will do it for free so we need a relativly cheep program to make are sprites look at little more professional I guess I want them to look smooth and nice not ridged like pixel art so if any one has any suggestions please post them.(I'm not an artist so I don't know what a Bitmap or a Vector is I just need a easy program to use, if any one knows a program that's really good but a little pricey still post.) Thanks Tanner. [Edited by - thegamemaker777 on December 4, 2009 10:35:51 PM]

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Gimp is a professional quality program, it even has an animation-preview function Photoshop lacks. I assume you mean bitmap/raster sprites? Because it's entirely possible to make vector sprites. But if you want professional-looking pixel art sprites and you can't make them in gimp the problem is the lack of art skills, not the program.

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Personally, I like ProMotion by Cosmigo. It's not free, but its pretty nice, and its (at least spiritual) pedegree stems from DeluxePaint, which was very popular in the time of 2D games.

There's also GraphicsGale and Pixel, but I haven't used either of those.

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Thank you guys for helping I downloaded Pro Motion and am playing with it right now seems cool as for inkskape when I bought my laptop I new nothing about computers so I got a computer with a 64 bit operating system so inkskape don't work.

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I have a 64 bit computer and Inkscape runs fine for me.

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Now that I think about it the error message that comes up says this in not a valid Win32 application nothing about the 64 bit thing but I still don't know what that means.

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Now that I think about it the error message that comes up says this in not a valid Win32 application nothing about the 64 bit thing but I still don't know what that means.


Maybe you got a unix version or it's corrupted, or you didn't get one of the other packages you need to go with it. If you start your install over and carefully follow the directions about what packages to install in what order it will probably be fixed.

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Wow I'm all over the place here I remeber trying out inskape or what I thought was inskape and it came up with the error but turns out never ever downloaded inskape I downloaded like ten other things and never got that one don't know why I thought I did but I just downloaded it and it works great it might take a little getting use to but its an ok program.Sorry for my mistakes.

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I use graphics gale personally, it's excellent for making pixel art.

Also, pixel art looks rigid? Please go here then slap yourself in the face:

http://pixeljoint.com/

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I've said it before, I'll say it again: I think Photoshop is good. For everything.

I draw all my sprites in PS, and I prefer PS over 'dedicated' pixel art programs because (with all respect to masters of the ancient craft) I don't like to be locked into old-school 'pixel-art formalism', eg. restricted palettes and strict pixel-by-pixel drawing. It seems time-inefficient, at the least, and I'd maintain that the pixel-art feeling can be retained even with modern tools.

Coming from PS, I really didn't enjoy how primitive it felt to draw anything in ProMotion, for example -- But then this is definitely a case of me coming from a place where I've learned to draw everything with PS already. And admittedly, PS is pretty expensive - unless you can get a student discount.

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