Create art with hexagonal pixels

Hexels is a brand new, grid-based art program for Mac and PC that lets you paint with hexagons, and other shapes too. Check out some of the cool things designers have created with it already.

This looks like a lot of fun! Hexels, a brand-new art program for designers has been released into the wild and has already received a lot of love from the design community. The grid-based offering was created by Ted Martens and Ken Kopecky, who make up Hex-Ray Studios. Established in 2012, both Ted and Ken have a passion for creativity, games, tools, and generally makin' cool stuff!


This artwork was created with the free version of Hexels

There are two versions of Hexels - one with the standard hexel draw mode, a few bonus shape modes, and the default glow feature. Hexels Pro will include all of the shape modes and features including:

  • All Shape Modes – Hexels, Trixels, Cubes, Starburst, Bevel, Plus, and Diamonds
  • Custom Shape Editor – create your own shapes to paint with
  • Outline tool – add outlines to your artwork
  • Glow Maps – get all of the glow maps and import your own images to use as glow
  • Unlimited export resolution - export your artwork at print quality
  • Workflow integration – export as vector with .svg (not including glow), or export the data to .xml and .csv
  • Updates and future features - get any new features as they're added


Use shapes to create simple yet striking pieces such as this

If you're still a little dubious, you can download the standard Hexels program absolutely free. If you find that it's your favourite new tool, you can purchase Hexels Pro for a mere $14.99. Seeing as the studio only launched both today, the duo are giving buyers 25 per cent off as part of the release sale.

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