Save, saving as and exporting

Aside from sharing your art, you have different ways of saving your work, and each of them might be better, depending on your purpose.

You may divide them in two different categories:


Exporting your image will generate a file for the current state of your art, that you intend to use elsewhere.

Export GIF animation

Gets all the frames of your project, join their layers (excluding the layers that aren't visible) and make a GIF from them.

Export frame

Join the layers (excluding the ones that aren't visible) of the current frame, and make a PNG of it.

Export all frames

The same as the Export frame, but will make it for ALL frames. The frames will all be saved with a postfix of its index. ie: If you export the frames of an animation and put its name as myAnimation.png, the files generated will have the names of 1 - myAnimation.png, 2 - myAnimation.png, 3 - myAnimation.png...

Export as sprite sheet

Will export all frames, but put them on a single PNG, in the form as an sprite sheet/atlas.

Save as

Will let you choose where and by which name you want to save your project. If it has already been saved before, only the newest file will be updated by Save


If your project is new (it hasn't been saved before, and it was not loaded from the disk), then you'll be asked to Save as, otherwise, all changes to the content of your project will be updated to the last file handle that you saved.

File structure

Pixly projects are very simple files. If your project consist of only one frame and one layer, then it will be saved as a plain PNG.

If your project has more than one frame or more than one layer, then it will be saved as a sprite sheet of all layers of each frame, and a companion file with the same name as the sheet but the extensions .anim.

.anim files

.Anim files are XML files that has info about the sprite sheet that go along with them. These info allows pixly to know how many frames and layers, and where which layer of a project is on the sheet.

For advanced users, here's the basic structure of the file:

<PixlyAnimation version="1.5"> <!-- Current (and described in this file) version is 1.5 -->
    <Info sheetWidth="320" sheetHeight="256" totalCollumns="5" totalRows="4" frameWidth="64" frameHeight="64" layerCount="2"/>
    <!-- info of the sheet itself, how many collumns and rows it has, and what size is each frame/layer. Also, the amount of layers the project has -->
    <Frames length="20"> <!-- how many frames/layers are expected to be inside this tag -->
        <Frame duration="150" visible="true"> <!-- frame time in millisseconds and if it is visible -->
            <Region x="0" y="0" width="64" height="64"/>
            <Index linear="0" collumn="0" row="0"/>
        <Frame duration="150" visible="true">
            <Region x="64" y="0" width="64" height="64"/>
            <Index linear="1" collumn="1" row="0"/>
        <!-- All other frames goes here -->
        <!-- By the way, a layer is said to be a frame too. -->

Dropbox and Google drive integration

Dropbox and Google Drive

You can save files to Google Drive and Dropbox, and you can also load from there. When you use Save As to put a file on the cloud, the following instances of Save will upload the file there as well, so keep in mind that if you are on mobile networks, carriers data charging may occur.