(solved) it was the compression. it was blending the colors
For some reason, my sprites are getting distorted in the engine. they are distorted in the build as well.
when I open the file in Explorer, the sprites are not distorted whatsoever.
it has something to do with color, as when I imported a sprite with mostly gray tones, the bright red pixels had what looked like a red filter around them, making the gray around them change color.
anyone who could help with this would be greatly appreciated.