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I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, but put it off over and over. This is a list of things that I either use on a daily basis or things that saved me one time or another. I hope this list helps others who are starting out and want to jump into game dev.
Graphics Gale: One of, if not the best way to do pixel art. It’s must easier to jump into than PS and has all the tools you need for making great little animated sprites.
Photoshop CS6 CC: This is what I use on a day to day basis for most of my image manipulation needs. I do pixel art in it, but that is like taking a lambo to the store.
Pixlr: Simple tool for building sprites. This is mainly for pixel art. It’s like a mini cloud based PhotoShop. For pixels.
LICEcap: Bets way to capture GIFs for twitter, reddit, TIGSource updates. I use this to grab little sequences for forum posts.
ShoeBox: Great tool for splitting up sprite strips, combining them or any other activity to deal with sheets.
Color Blender: Simple online tool for quickly finding a palette of colors for a given color range.
ColourLovers: Great community site for picking colors.
OpenGameArt: The spot to pick up some royalty free art and effects.
Create Fixed Width Font Sheets: Give it a TTF, and it will create a monospaced spritesheet. Not just momospaced, but equal spaced. on both axis. Useful if your engine expects a square letter instead of a rectangle.
Hexels: Cool tool for making interesting art with diamonds and hexagons.
FFSplit: This is a tool used to do webcam, desktop, screencap, etc etc. I use it to film raw footage for game play videos and for dev updates. Has just enough controls to be powerful.
Premier Pro CC: I use this for editing videos. It is about as powerful as you can get.
EZVid: Dead simple video editor. Also simple upload to youtube. Comes with some background music to loop.
Visual Studio 2012: THE BEST IDE KNOWN TO MAN EVER. END OF ARGUMENT.
Notepad++: Great notepad. Some prefer Sublime 2 or similar, but I like ++
Bfxr: A tool for making BEEP BOOP WIZZ BLOMP
Sound Rangers: Purchase royalty free audio clips
Nature Sound Maker: Make a bunch of random nature sound loops
Complex Online Mixer: Make some more complicated loops/
Tiled: The only tool I use to tile my games. The output can come with XML that can be imported into you engine. It also exports PNGs.
Most Visited Sites
TIGSource (Dev Logs): Best place to post any dev logs. This place has been home to many famous indie games.
PixelJoint (Seeing Art): Great artists here.
WayOfThePixel (Seeing Art): More insanely great artists.
Reddit (Screenshot Saturday): Be the first to post your Saturday screenshot!
Ludei: Best solution for getting your HTML5 game on iOS/Droid.
PhoneGap: Another option for getting on mobile with HTML5.
Xamarian: Solid tool if you start from scratch.
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