There is a new Humble Bundle of interest to game developers, the Humble Grand Game Dev Toolbox bundle is a collection of tools, sprites, maps, effects and other assets for creating games. We will focus primarily on the 4 tools included in the pack.
Sprite Illuminator is a tool for lighting sprites and sprite animations from CodeAndWeb the makers of TilePacker. It enables you to render lighting effects over 2d sprites that you can further manipulate by applying texture effects and 3d brushes which will interact with the lights. The end result can be rendered to a sprite or animation.
RPG Tools is an ambitious tool aimed at roleplaying game creation. This includes tools for creating maps, creating 2D character portraits and animations from a selection of base body sprites and equipable items, a particle editor, UI editor and more.
PixelMash is a sprite creation/editing/animating tool from Nevercenter, the creators of the 3D application Silo. PixelMash enables you to easily add special effects, work with fixed palettes and more.
CameraBag is also from Nevercenter and is an easy to use image manipulation application similar to Lightroom or Luminar. Touch up, filter, adjust or edit photos in just a few clicks or using predefined settings.
In addition to the above 4 applications, the bundle also contains 55+ sprite, backgrounds, soundtrack, vfx and other asset packs in a variety of different styles. As with all Humble Bundles, you decide how your funds are allocated, between Humble, charity, the publisher and if you so choose (and thanks so much if you do!) to support GFS by using this link. The bundle is organized into different tiers, where purchasing a higher dollar value tier will get you all of the assets in the lower priced tiers, although in this bundle, only the top and bottom tiers make sense to buy.
You can learn more about the Humble Grand GameDev bundle and see all 4 applications in action in the video below.