Sprite Cutter

Image of Program

Image of v1.4, with a sheet loaded.

This is a small java program that turns a normal sprite sheet (that you can find on spriter’s resource) into individual sprite images. It was created for The Spriters Resource.

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Latest Version: v1.5 on Aug 05, 2013

I looked around sprites resource and found that most of the sprites were sort of jumbled together. Not a rippers fault, but it makes any kind of use of the sprites difficult, and I don’t want to spend a few hours in photoshop just so I could grin at seeing an animated version.

I looked around and couldn’t really find anything that could fix that exactly. So I wrote a small java program that automatically cuts up a sprite sheet and spits out all the individual sprites. Of course there is some margin of error, but I tried to add some command line options that can help you tweak those.

Originally I planned to add something that could go about aligning similar sprites to make animation easier. I have a few simple AI designs that work sometimes (PM, statistical, color fudging, area averaging, etc), but nothing that actually works good enough for release yet.

Known issues
  • It can jam up on really large sprite sets. So you might have to do a little cutting by hand anyway.
  • Not all sprite sheet are completely compatible, some of them that use line separation can cause large extra images to be generated. I may fix this eventually.
  • It is not a tile cutter, things that are perfectly tiled already don’t really need the use of this tool. I may add this eventually.
  • All sprites displayed in the preview box take up the same area, so one large sprite can make a bunch of small sprites take up that much area in the preview pane. I may fix this eventually.
  • It can be a little slow.
How it works

It generates an image mask from the sprite image and then searches pixel by pixel for a area that is not background, once found it flood fills that area and records the pixel locations which it then uses to generate a bounding box and alpha mask (if using masking option) for output.

How to use it
  1. Click and Drag your file onto the “Drag and Drop Image Here” Box.
  2. Adjust your options according to the preview for the options you want.
  3. Select an export location (if you want it somewhere else)
  4. Click “Export To Files” button
  5. Your done!
Revision History


  • Fixed an issue where it added an additional period to the end of extensions.
  • Added the starts of a tile cutter in the source (not available in the GUI yet).


  • Locked the locale to US (solves a few minor UI bugs, I don’t have alternate translations anyway).
  • Fixed a bug in the secondary mask option where it would not always enable correctly.
  • Fixed a bug where the sprite on the edge of a sheet caused the program to seize up (it was a simple fix).
  • Added a file chooser to import a sprite.
  • Added an option to sample the (center of the) edges and corners to determine background color (uses the one that occurs most often).
  • Added an generic error message system so that bugs are easier to report.
  • Changed to use Java 6


  • Added a preview pane to the GUI.


  • Added a simple GUI with Tooltips.


  • Original Console Version


  • Beta Console Version