Price : Free
Available for : Windows

GraphicsGale is another serious program created specifically for pixel art bilder. It has the same main features that you would expect for drawing and animation: onion-skinning, layer and color palette management. The biggest disadvantage of GraphicsGale is that it is only available for Windows.

Besides the great price, GraphicsGale has two great features to improve your workflow. You can import images from scanners and digital cameras if you prefer to draw by hand before creating pixels. The program uses devices that support TWAIN, and this, fortunately, is almost all scanners and cameras. Probably the most notable feature is the ability to preview animations while editing. There is no need to interrupt your work to export a gif file or even pause the preview window. Immediate feedback as you work will help you feel more confident experimenting with animation.

One of the notable professional games made with GraphicsGale: the amazing Duelyst.