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Best program for pixel art (and possibly animation?)

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Hi there, I'm currently working on a small project (just a hobby) and I need a program to help me with pixel art and possibly animation too.

Does anyone know of any good programs to use for this?

Thanks in advance.
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I use Gimp but some people think it is too much for pixel art. In that case, look at [url="http://www.humanbalance.net/gale/us/"]GraphicsGale[/url] - quite possible the best pixel art software.

Also, try googling your question before asking. [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/wink.png[/img] Edited by TheVirtualDragon
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Like TheVirtualDragon said, GraphicsGale is probably your best bet since it's well geared towards pixel art and free. I'm pretty sure it has animated .gif capability, too. I haven't used GIMP in a while, but it had a pretty horrific interface when I did and is loaded with superfluous features for pixel art besides.
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Yeah, GraphicsGale has animating capabilities as well and can be run in wine if you are on Linux. I don't use it though, because I don't like the Win95 feel. And besides, Gimp's interface has improved loads - no more floating docks [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png[/img]
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[quote name='TheVirtualDragon' timestamp='1345981077' post='4973451']
Yeah, GraphicsGale has animating capabilities as well and can be run in wine if you are on Linux. I don't use it though, because I don't like the Win95 feel. [/quote]
Ha, but that's just atmosphere!

[quote] And besides, Gimp's interface has improved loads - no more floating docks[/quote]
Yeah, thinking about it, it has been years and years since I've looked at it, so take my comments with a grain of salt.

Personally, I use a weird combination of MS Paint for the base pixel art and Photoshop for polishing, but I would have to recommend against that since it's a roundabout workflow I'm still perfecting. I think for a beginner, it would be better to start with a mid-level program like GraphicsGale than something brutally simple (Paint) or overwrought for the job (GIMP).
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Thanks for the posts, I'll probably go pickup GraphicsGale, it looks quite good!
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It's a for-cost program, but personally I really like Cosmigo's ProMotion. It's modeled after DeluxePaint in terms of features, and DeluxePaint was *the* image editor back in pixel art's heyday.
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