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Finding the right tool

on: April 19, 2018, 04:11:48 am
This is kind of a not question question - but I'm having a hard time getting "comfortable" when using certain programs.
So far the only one that I really like is Pyxel Edit - it's cheap and it does everything I want. But, there is this strange issue that is sort of frustrating me, whenever I try to use the main pen tool and block out a shape of something, lets say a filled in blob in a small area it doesn't draw any pixels. It only works if I move my pen along a larger path. It's a weird little hangup that's making the process really frustrating and I don't come across this issue in Graphic Gale for example. Though I find the UI of graphic gale to be clunky and it doesn't do the great thing of pyxel edit where it gives you a bunch of different shades and hues of the color you've picked.

Does anyone know about this strange pyxel edit hangup or can recommend some similar programs?

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Re: Finding the right tool

Reply #1 on: April 19, 2018, 02:01:52 pm
It has to do with you drawing with a tablet - because pyxel edit doesn't really support tablets it's unusable with them.
It's in fact the one major issue I have with PE which I think makes it unusable as professional tool.

What I recommend highly is Aseprite.
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Re: Finding the right tool

Reply #2 on: April 19, 2018, 03:11:10 pm
Sounds like you could be talking about the pixel-perfect-line/clean-line feature.
It's toggled with the right-most button on the top tool bar.
That kind of feature is nice for doing linework, but useless when you want to fill in.

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Re: Finding the right tool

Reply #3 on: April 20, 2018, 12:26:56 am
No regarding myself it's certainly not the function. Bc I know that it works if I switch to mouse, but doesn't work with tablet, completely unrelated if it's switched on or not.
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Re: Finding the right tool

Reply #4 on: April 20, 2018, 05:57:48 am
Wow very insightful! Thank you so much for telling you that I was worrying it was my tablet. Now I know it's just a shortcoming of pyxel edit. Thats a little disappointing.

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Re: Finding the right tool

Reply #5 on: April 20, 2018, 09:00:57 am
Just tried with latest version, Win 10 and Intuos Pro. No apparent issues.

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Re: Finding the right tool

Reply #6 on: April 20, 2018, 05:16:31 pm
Just tried with latest version, Win 10 and Intuos Pro. No apparent issues.

Do you use single screen or dual screen / triple screen?
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Re: Finding the right tool

Reply #7 on: April 21, 2018, 12:18:18 am
I have an on screen tablet so it sort of acts like a second monitor.

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Re: Finding the right tool

Reply #8 on: April 22, 2018, 11:23:01 pm
I encountered the issues on dual/triple screen setups.
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Re: Finding the right tool

Reply #9 on: April 23, 2018, 03:52:47 am
I'm seconding that aseprite recommendation,yeah.
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Re: Finding the right tool

Reply #10 on: May 14, 2018, 10:46:40 am
Using PyxelEdit and Aseprite for about a year. Using ancient Trust graphic tablet, but it used to be in a pro-league.
So, Aseprite is da best, Aseprite 4 life. Extremely powerfull, but more important convinient and joyfull to work with. Topnotch for arts and animation.
The only issue is the pixelated interface. I do kinda like it, but sometimes I would like it to change for something more laconic and comfortable, vital when a big project is on the run.
PyxelEdit is a dissapointment. No hotkeys to be assigned, laggy as hell, lacks some instruments and features. Still, it's the best instrument for tiles. Wow, it really does his job with tiles, nothing compares to him. Tiles, lots of them, any kind, fast and clever, instant edit on every layer. I love PyxelEdit, and hate it.


Yep, there is a PRO Motion, I had some huge plans for that app, I was almost ready to buy it for it's original price. Thanks for Steam I could refund it in time. God help me, this programm is forcing you to forget any good workflow habbits. My thoughts about it - It was designed by one person for this one particular person to do his personal pixels. It's an extremely powerfull application, maybe it covers EVERYTHING of pixel art you would ever need. But you will never learn how to work fast and fluent in it. So many doubtfull desicions, strange ways to do simple things, ancient interface... I ragequit it.
BTW, if you want to do big pixelart or more like some binary art - have a look at Paint Tool SAI2 (mind the 2 version!). It's like a PS on minimals, but you will love it. A special binary pen at your service, with all the standard features any serious graphic art can provide. Also - pen stabilization and possibility to rotate canvas.

So, that's an IMHO, don't forget.
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