Picrew is a layered paper doll-style avatar maker website. It was initially developed by the two staff of the Japanese company TetraChroma Inc[1] from July 2017,[2] and officially released in December 2018.[3]

The website concept and interface have some similarities to earlier avatar editors, including the Nintendo Mii and WeeMee, and the longer history of digital paper doll games such as Kisekae Set System.[2]

Picrew has become popular with audiences outside of Japan,[2][4] with the simplicity of the image maker and the potential for users to contribute their own avatar maker illustrations through a picrew creator.[5] Picrew sets some restrictions in its terms of use, including the prohibition of re-distribution of the images created through Picrew image makers.[6][7] Individual creators control some of the rights to the resulting images from their image makers.[8]

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  1. ^ "Tetra Chroma Inc". tetrachroma.co.jp. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "株式会社 テトラクローマ". Green Japan.
  3. ^ "つくってあそべる画像メーカーPicrew(ピクルー)正式リリースのお知らせ". tetrachroma.co.jp. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  4. ^ "PicrewMe". Know Your Meme. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  5. ^ Leishman, Rachel (May 27, 2020). "What Is This New Picrew Avatar Trend?". The Mary Sue. Abrams Media. Archived from the original on November 1, 2020. Retrieved December 18, 2020.
  6. ^ "Picrewの遊び方 – Picrewサポート" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  7. ^ "Picrew 利用規約 – Picrewサポート" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  8. ^ "About Picrew Player". Picrew.

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