As a person who drew my game (GalacticoS) by myself entirely (except for one background), I found a few things frustrating when making the pixel art. Some stuff that I can use in other pixel art makers aren’t in flowlab and can be pretty annoying! So I’ve composed this idea.
When you’re in the sprite editor, making pixel art, a button should be under the usual boxes (where the hand, bucket, arrows, pencil, etc. are located) that says “show advanced tools”. If you click this, a bunch of more buttons show up (you can hide the tools if you want to)!
Here is a list of tools that should be added:
My biggest one is being able to draw transparent or semi-transparent colors! While making my art, there were instances where I had to erase a large portion of the area. Not being able to paintbucket the area with an invisible color was really annoying, even with the biggest brush size!
My next one is a circle/square tool! These are those tools you use in MS paint, where you select the tool, and it makes a pixel circle/oval that corresponds to the brush size, and changes depending on where you can move your cursor (same with a square)! It would help when trying to make large pixel spheres.
Another significant one is one that can be used in conjunction with others like the animation button; a select option! It’s basically the circle/square tool, but instead of drawing a square, you select the area inside the square! This allows you to do things like move and rotate (i’ll Get to that in a second!) objects without having to shift the whole thing! It can actually be quite useful.
You should also be able to rotate objects 90 degrees clockwise or counter-clockwise! By selecting (or not, which would select the whole area), you can then rotate the object on its center axis 90 degrees (and further, if you want)! This helps when you need to rotate something to face backward because you messed up a little with coding.
Speaking of rotation, we could do the same thing with rotation, except we could use reflection (flips the sprite vertical or horizontal)! This could also be useful in some instances, like making half a face and instantly completing it by selecting the whole thing and using the mirror option.
My final suggested option is choosing to let an image be HD! The GalacticoS title screen that I made was made in photoshop (and other sites, too), but it actually doesn’t exactly look right because of the pixel grid! We should be able to make a setting where we have the ability to make really high quality images with more detail than the smallest pixel grid.
That’s all for now! Grazer, if you’re reading this, please add this, as it would do a huge favor to us people that make a ton of sprites. Thank you for your time!