# How do you call a program used to design a level from sprites?

How do you call the concept or the process of designing sprites in 2d graphics program, assembling them in that program and exporting them for your game?

I need that kind of program but I can't think of the correct terminology to search for it.

• Hey, welcome to gamedev.se! Sorry, I butchered your question: asking for programs that does X or Z is off-topic here (i.e. "What technology to use"), but you can ask about the terminology that would help you find more about it, I reworded the question that way. – Vaillancourt Mar 22 '18 at 14:25
• It really depends on how you plan to make the game. I never knew this was a thing (unless you are referring to level editors that are included in game engines). If you make a game with opengl for example, you can create a level with a graphics program like Gimp or Photoshop. – TomTsagk Mar 22 '18 at 15:44

Also note that you don't need a level editor, necessarily. Plenty of people make tile-based games just using text editors to define the level data (using characters: # represents a wall, . a floor, S a character spawn, or whatever).