Marmoset Hexels is a unique, grid-based painting tool for vector art, pixel art, design, and animation.
At the heart of Hexels lies a paintable grid of geometric shapes: a tessellating canvas built of hexagons, triangles, squares, and custom polygons. The Hexels grid allows artists to create complex vector designs with the stroke of a brush. It is a new kind of workflow that’s intuitive and easy to pick up by a beginner, and a versatile tool in the hands of a pro.
The grid-based canvas in Hexels is a natural fit for the forward-thinking pixel artist. Make full use of the same great drawing tools. Keep track of colors and gradients with the palette. Set your canvas in motion with the animation timeline. Export a sprite sheet for every princess in every castle.
For the craftsman looking to build worlds, Hexels provides a set of grids and guides for drafting all forms of isometric art. Raise walls, carve mountains, bend perspective to your will and build impossible wonders.
Pixels and Trixels living in harmony! Hexels lets you combine layers of vector and pixel art on the same canvas. Complement angular Hexel art with soft, sweeping brushwork. Carve pixel-perfect trim into isometric art. Block out whole cities in vector form, then dive in for the details.
Hexels gives you full control over the vector-to-pixel rendering process. Advanced rasterization tools provide vector alignment, pixel-perfect isometric art, pixel scaling, and antialiasing at any export resolution. And because Hexels renders everything on the GPU, you’ll see a pixel-perfect preview on the canvas as you paint.
Build a world and bring it to life with the Hexels animation timeline. Breathe subtle motion into a still image with post effects and motion curves. Send shapes and colors twirling with layer transforms. Or tell a hand-drawn tale with a simple flipbook animation.
Hexels is the perfect tool for exploring tiling designs and geometries. Paint tessellating patterns on an endless canvas. Explore advanced grid types like Voronoi. Draft your own grids with a powerful custom grid designer. Whether you are creating textiles or laying out an elaborate mosaic, Hexels can help.
Hexels is a versatile tool for the graphic artist working with with multiple applications, at a print-ready resolution. Assemble your canvas out of existing images and animations. Keep organized with layers, masks and groups. Add a pinch of procedural with a library of real-time post effects and shaders. Then export an SVG or layered PSD of your canvas for final touch-ups elsewhere.
Featured artwork by Mark Knight, Mira Karouta, Tabby Rose, Saskia Freeke
Compatibility: OS X 10.6 or later
Web Site: http://www.marmoset.co/hexels
Mac App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/hexels-3/id1087023846?mt=12
What’s New in Hexels 3.1.5
This minor update fixes a bug where some keyboard shortcuts didn’t work correctly and another bug where previews of very low pixel-resolution documents could be offset by a pixel.