Pixia

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.01t
  • Total Downloads:
    138,094
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 20, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    14.48MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    90
  • Platform:
    Windows

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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4 stars

"Bueno para que ... bueno"

September 08, 2012  |  By fabzcom

 |  Version: Pixia 4.79d

Pros

Es un buen free

Cons

Necesitas siempre otros free

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2 stars

"It does not work with Win XP"

February 21, 2012  |  By Olivax

 |  Version: Pixia 4.78e

Pros

It has more or less the same functions as other picture editors.

Cons

It hangs when undoing actions, I had to kill it via Task Manager

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4 stars

"not bad, just confusing"

January 24, 2012  |  By ac05jn

 |  Version: Pixia 4.78e

Pros

decent number of functions, free, light weight

Cons

***quite difficult to figure out the controls; for instance: the last reviewer said "No Copy Paste capability", but that is false; there is copy and paste, its just confusing because they take multiple steps.

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1 stars

"No Copy Paste capability"

December 26, 2011  |  By Andes_Help

 |  Version: Pixia 4.71

Pros

Loads fast and looks nice.

Cons

This program can not see the Windows clipboard. I am unable to do what I do most often, Copy a picture and Paste it. I can copy and paste to the default Windows programs but Pixia just keeps telling me that the clipboard is empty when I try to Paste a picture into it.

Summary

Maybe it will work for other things.

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1 stars

"Does not work with Windows ME"

May 08, 2010  |  By jacques63

 |  Version: Pixia 4.70e

Pros

Nothing to say about it.

Cons

During installing the message appears "Pleas use a newer Windows Version" ( My Windows ME version is 4.90.3 )
This version is not supported.
PC is Pentium III 667 Mhz CPU and 256 MB RAM. SVGA 3 MB plus 16 MB VideoRAM.

Summary

The product is not complete and it does not expect this advertisment.
Why not incluing the needed drivers into the pacage?

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5 stars

"Use the right Version"

November 11, 2009  |  By Ashfyr

 |  Version: Pixia 3.3

Pros

Excellent Software

Cons

Nothing Bad, unless you use this version

Summary

Excellent Software, but go to http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mighty/knight/download.htm and Download version 4.3, since the others are only compatible with Win XP or lower.

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3 stars

"alternative for photoshop"

November 20, 2007  |  By nisamiaw

 |  Version: Pixia 3.3

Pros

It great although not as powerful as photoshop.

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2 stars

"Good Program... when it works."

May 20, 2007  |  By rottingpearlz

 |  Version: Pixia 3.3

Pros

It's easy to use

Cons

Freezes every 5 seconds... you have to save ANY TIME you do ANYTHING

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 6.01t
Version 6.01t is a bug fixing release.
General
Publisher Tacmi
Publisher web site http://www.ab.wakwak.com/~knight/
Release Date February 20, 2015
Date Added February 20, 2015
Version 6.01t
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 14.48MB
File Name pix601te.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 138,094
Downloads Last Week 90
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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