Pixia is a bitmap graphics editor program that was designed specifically for Windows. It was created by Isao Maruoka, and it is somewhat like a cross between the Adobe Photoshop program and the Microsoft Paint application.
Pixia is a freeware, and it has a user-friendly interface that allows anyone who has basic computer knowledge to use it. It was initially designed for the popular Japanese communities of Anime and Manga, so it was initially only available in the Japanese language. However, the soaring popularity of the software prompted the designers to launch versions in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian, Korean, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, Polish, and English languages.
Among the features that Pixia supports are transparency effects, filters, the standard file formats, multiple layers, and several RGB file formats which include the .psd format. Additionally, the program supports the Wacom tablets. Pixia has a maximum graphic size of 10240 x 10240 dots, and it supports TWAIN32 as well.
Pixia is very easy to download, and you do not need to go through a computer science course or mba program to do it. There are a number of websites where you can download Pixia. Just click on the large "Download" button and wait for the download to complete. After that, you can install the software to a preferred location in your hard drive. After Pixia is installed, click on the "Start" button in Windows, and locate the Pixia program. Clicking the Pixia.exe file will open the program. It allows you to access many pre-loaded texture templates and open files of many formats.
Editing photos with Pixia is very easy. Some of the useful tips for working with Pixia include right-clicking on the canvas to select a color, "Shift" + right-clicking to select the image of a dragged area, right clicking on a selected area to open the sub-menu, left clicking to choose the color in the palette, and right-clicking to register the colors.
Pixia comes with numerous textures, and they are all free of charge. Some of them include ppn456b.pxa, which is created by MONAMI; koushi1.bmp, koushi2.bmp, neko.bmp, kyon.bmp, parts01.pxa, parts13.pxa, and parts15.pxa which are created by Ms Rumiko Takagaki; tone25.pxa, tone50.pxa, tone75.pxa, 300.bmp, and 302.bmp, which are created by Grassgreen; and grass.pxa, leaf01.pxa, leaf03.pxa, 303.bmp, and 305.bmp, which are created by BURUNYAN. The aforementioned files are copyrighted by their creators. Moreover, the names of images in the 'partbox' folder which start with "sifca_" are copyrighted by Sifca Corporation. The copyright of the Pixia software is in the name of Isao Maruoka.
Besides Windows XP, Pixia is also compatible with Windows Me, Windows 2000, and Windows Vista .At least 32 megabytes of free RAM is recommended. The minimum screen resolution should be set to 800 x 600 (Super VGA monitor), and in the Display settings of the Control Panel, you should also set the Color Quality to High Color or True Color, since 16 or 256 color environment is not supported by Pixia.
Pixia offers loads of excellent features and tools that few free graphic software programs can match . It is particularly known for its great interface which allows a smooth workflow. Also, it allows the installation of plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop filters. These are some of the reasons why Pixia is so unique and popular.