Pixia

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 18 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.80b
  • Total Downloads:
    136,153
  • Date Added:
    February 11, 2013
  • File Size:
    6.69MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    79
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7

Editors' Review

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Pixia looks like it came straight out of a Windows 95-era, but is one of the most popular drawing tools in Japan. Like other freeware image editors, Pixia allows you to create digital art and supports layer editing, selective undos, and an assortment of brushes and tools for artists.

When you first launch the program, you're greeted with options for filters, right-clicking tools, and a whole bunch of other tools that just flat out won't make sense at first glance. Pixia doesn't exactly win any awards for first impressions and welcoming interfaces for new users because it doesn't really give a direction. However, these pop-up menus start to make more sense once you open up a new canvas.

When creating a new canvas or session, your selection is very bare bones: set image dimension by pixels, millimeters, inches, or select a preset size from the drop-down menus. Once you start drawing, the "supplementary settings" start to make more sense. You can choose to set the right-click button as either an "undo" pen, which lets you remove specific changes from the last drawing action. Setting it as a dropper lets artists quickly switch between colors, which comes in handy when working with 2D art. A good majority of Japanese Pixia community seem to be anime artists who'd utilize this kind of setup.

Pixia uses pop-ups to configure items like filters and masks. Small buttons labelled as P, C, O, L are actually expandable windows for Palette, Color, Pen, and Layer settings. One feature I definitely appreciated as I was drawing was how quickly I can adjust brush size simply by dragging the brush preview windows. There's also a brush size label that displays the brush dimensions for more-precise editing.

Overall, Pixia is a solid alternative to Photoshop if you're looking to quickly jump into character sketches and basic 2D art. And though it includes a healthy number of useful graphic tools, it still can't compare with the sheer polish and features that premium apps like Photoshop have. But Wacom users have praised it for its simple (albeit ambiguous at first glance) interface. It's perfectly capable for all except the most graphic intensive renderings -- and of course, the price tag of "nothing" is a pretty attractive perk.

 
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User Reviews
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  • 1 stars

    "installs spamware:"

    April 04, 2013   |   By helium73

    Version: Pixia 4.80b

    Pros

    None at all theres my 10 characters

    Cons

    installs spamware: strongvault backup, whitesnake toolbar along with the installation. I don't remember agreeing to install anything extra during the installation. Apparently strongvault is very hard to get rid of.

    Summary

    Terrible product

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  • 1 stars

    "useless horrible installation"

    February 12, 2013   |   By archer12006

    Version: Pixia 4.80b

    Pros

    Not sure what to say didn't get to try it.

    Cons

    did not install hung for 20 minutes

    Summary

    useless

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    Full Specifications

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    General
    Publisher Tacmi
    Publisher web site http://www.ab.wakwak.com/~knight/
    Release Date February 11, 2013
    Date Added February 11, 2013
    Version 4.80b
    Category
    Category Digital Photo Software
    Subcategory Photo Editors
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 6.69MB
    File Name pix480be.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 136,153
    Downloads Last Week 79
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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