Pixelhobby Designer

HobbyWare, Inc. (Freeware)

Pixelhobby Designer allows users to create pixel designs to use for pixel art. The program includes the essential tools for creating a design from photos or images. It supports two image file formats – JPEG and PNG. With the application, the size and the colors to be used for the pixel art can be selected. Users can download the application free of charge, but the design created must be purchased. The designer supports popular web browsers, such as Opera, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari. It can also be used on Macintosh computers and on the iPad.

The user-interface is simple and intuitive. Once an image is loaded, it is displayed with larger pixels on the main window. From there, users can tweak the settings, such as the colors and the size of the pixels. Additionally, the image can be cropped if the user does not want to include some parts of the picture. Other commands that can be done include flip, rotate, cut, flood-fill, and erase. The program comes with an extensive help file that provides step-by-step instructions on how to use the designer. Once the design has been created, users can ask for a quote for the design or purchase the design immediately.