Marmoset Hexels™ is an exciting grid-based 2D painting tool that enables you to effortlessly create brilliant works of art. Whether you’re a pint sized pierogi, a professional cuddler, or my imaginary friend, Hexels’ shape-shifting personality will captivate you.
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Positive (25 reviews) - 100% of the 25 user reviews for this software are positive.
Release Date: Feb 15, 2016

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March 4

Hexels 2.04 Update

Hello people of Hexlandia! This update is all about minor bugs, special characters and some data loss within Timeline. The most important bug we’ve fixed involves missing icons for some users and a bug where deleting a selection and hitting undo causes problems.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed missing icon issues
  • Fixed data loss bug when deleting a selection
  • Fixed crash with files containing special characters
  • Fixed bugs with the frame count text box

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February 16

Hexels 2.03 Update

This Valentine's, we’ve wined, dined, and refined Hexels 2. The 2.03 update brings a few fixes for crashes, a failure to install (on Steam), and resolves a bug causing data loss. The complete list of changes is listed below!

New Features:

  • Shift-click 'Add Next Key Cel' to add a blank key cel
  • Improved Hexels-to-Trixels conversion
Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed crash bug on Mac when file names contain special characters
  • Fixed data loss bug caused when deleting a selection
  • Fixed bugs with the frame count text box
  • Fixed possible crash with custom shape and image layers
  • Shape mode-specific scripts will only run in the proper shape mode
  • Added better support for foreign characters
  • Fixed various issues with Super Grid
  • Fixed issue where the Custom Shape preview didn’t always update
  • Fixed stray outlines in classic mode when Wrapped Canvas and Hafltone are enabled
  • Timeline should no longer encroach on the main window
  • Fixed bug with loading image layers
  • Improved onion skinning when halftone mode is turned on
  • Gradient and noise tools are now affected by Super Grid
  • Sub-divide scripts now retain zoom level and saves previous shape-type to the Super Grid when converting from Hexels (or an old Trixels document)

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About This Software

Marmoset Hexels™ is a grid-based painting tool that enables you to effortlessly create brilliant works of art. Whether you’re a pint-sized pierogi, a professional cuddler, or my imaginary friend, Hexels’ shape-shifting personality will captivate you. Hexels 2 is ready for its big debut! Check out the video features to get familiar with all of the exciting new features, or grab a copy today and experience for yourself the joy of the grid.

Shape it Up!

Explore a world of infinite possibilities with our fine selection of polygonal-shaped grids (Classic, Pixel, Trixel + Sub-grids, Voronoi), or impress your dog by creating your very own fully-customized grids.

Trick or Trixel?

Our most powerful shape mode gives you total control with multifaceted sub-grids. Create utopian isometric worlds, complex geometric patterns, and explore abstract art styles. Subdivide your canvas to add another layer of depth and detail to your painting.

Push it, Pull it, Drag it, Drop it

Break down the barrier between idea and execution by rearranging our sharp, customizable user interface to your heart's content.

Pile it On

New in Hexels 2, layers provide the power and flexibility to keep the creative juices flowing. Fearlessly create in a non-destructive manner, make local adjustments at any time, duplicate layers to quickly add variation or test out new ideas.

Geometry in Motion

Breathing life into your artwork is easier than ever with Hexels' brand new animation system. Create the edgiest GIFs the internet will ever see with our streamlined key-frame editor.

Refine Your Palette

Say hello to your new best friend, the palette window. Auto-fill swatches as you paint, drag and drop to organize and create gradient bridges to find the perfect color.

New in Hexels 2:

  • Animation Editor!
  • Layers!
  • Layered PSD export
  • Animated GIF export
  • Fancy Palette
  • Improved Outline Tool
  • Gradient & Noise Tools
  • Super Grid

Additional Support For:

  • Drawing Tablet Input
  • Export to .SVG, .XML, .CSV
  • Wrapped (Tileable) Canvas
  • Import Background Images
  • Convert Photos to Hexels
  • Halftone Mode
  • Textures
  • Glow Effect

Featured artwork by Mira Karouta (http://www.artstation.com/artist/mirasedge), Mark Knight (http://markknight78.tumblr.com/), and Niall Taylor (http://enteagd.tumblr.com/).

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 (64-bit)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 140 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Storage: 140 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Now with support for the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet!
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 140 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.11
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Storage: 140 MB available space
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Overall:
Positive (25 reviews)
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CrazyCrafterBoy
( 18.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
its really good
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Atlas Was Here
( 22.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
> Not masked behind a paywall
> No extremely high-priced DLC
> Only need a mouse to make works of art
> Just a genuine, art-making program

Hexels 2 brings in a well-optimised and extremely customisable pixel / isometric / hexel / trixel / grid-art program. This program is wonderful to use if you enjoy making art but don't have the art skills that is mostly required with pen and paper / drawing pads.

> The program itself is well optimised and gives you a good range of options
> Wonderful colour pallete, allowing you to find the perfect shade between two colours
> Extremely high resolution output
> Glow feature to give your art a bit more texture
> Seriously, get it

As a person who doesn't do well with drawing, this program lets me bring out my creations with just my mouse, and that alone is a dealbreaker for me.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
joy_wings
( 18.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
몇가지 패치를 해주세요.


1. 애니메이션 할 때 그림을 자유롭게 자르고 회전, 이동, 비틀기 등, 에디터 가능하게 해주세요
2. 휴세츄레이션(색상보정) 기능 꼭 널어주세요. 색상을 바꾸기 너무 힘듭니다. 그림을 그리는 기본 기능입니다
3. 다각형 (세노, 네모,동그라미 등등 ) 기능을 넣어 주세요.
4. shape? 이 기능을 레이어 마다 다르게 줄 수 있게 해주세요.
5. 레이어에 그린 그림을 이동하는 이동 툴이 없습니다. 만들어주세요(레이어 층간 이동이 아니라 그림이동입니다)

이렇게 5가지만 우선 패치해 주신다면 다른 어떤 프로그램 보다 우수한 프로그램이 될 것 같습니다.
지금 많이 답답합니다. 애니메이션 할 때 전부 다시 그리고 다시 그리고..... 휴
Helpful? Yes No Funny
[III] Magnum Force
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Marmoset Hexels 2,

At first I was a bit, let's say, skeptical. Another piece of software that says it does something others don't or can't do as easy.

As a hobby, wannabee game developer I'm often in need of fast and easy ways to create certain types of graphics. Hex grids, tiled backgrounds, that kind of stuff.

With this software I'm just able to do that. Create a tiled map and texture every single section anyway I see fit.
Export the thing as a png, maybe do some post work on it and I'm set to use it in my favorite game developing application.

Just for that, for the ease of use, I give Marmoset Hexels 2 a big thumbs up.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
watercolorheart
( 12.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
An extremely powerful software for unique trixel and mixel artwork, plus powerful for pixelart as well. The grid is easy, the animation controls are intuitive and you can turn off the glow and textures to your choosing.

The developer is active in forum to help you out and this is probably one of my favorite new drawing programs. You can't go wrong with Hexels 2 if you are looking for something to give your art a unique look or a little extra zing.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
NitroBA
( 32.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
I've always had a fondness for isometric drawings and the contraints work perfectly. Although missing a few features, its nothing to stop you from doing anything. I still have yet to play with everything it has to offer but it seems stable so far. Ive only had fun so its thumbs up from me.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Velvet Lobster
( 199.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
This app is awesome. I found some minor persistent bugs (well, I mean, behavior that seems like bugs), but even so its the best drawing tool on steam if you want fast paced quality drawing and animation. The animation part, the effects and the usability are the things that got my attention. I ve been trying some animations and pixel art and it really speeds things up.
If you use a drawing tablet you can try the dynamic opacity feature, really handy.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Zynilx
( 122.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
Never used any sort of editing or creation software besides the classic Paint, and this was reasonably easy to learn and is able to produce some profesional looking projects.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Zocliac
( 83.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
This software is amazing and easy to use. Just get it!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
ExcellentEan
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 21
I highly recommend this software to beginner and exprienced pixel artists. It has powerful and yet simple tools. Keep up the awesome work Marmoset LLC!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Marmoset Hexels 2,

At first I was a bit, let's say, skeptical. Another piece of software that says it does something others don't or can't do as easy.

As a hobby, wannabee game developer I'm often in need of fast and easy ways to create certain types of graphics. Hex grids, tiled backgrounds, that kind of stuff.

With this software I'm just able to do that. Create a tiled map and texture every single section anyway I see fit.
Export the thing as a png, maybe do some post work on it and I'm set to use it in my favorite game developing application.

Just for that, for the ease of use, I give Marmoset Hexels 2 a big thumbs up.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
> Not masked behind a paywall
> No extremely high-priced DLC
> Only need a mouse to make works of art
> Just a genuine, art-making program

Hexels 2 brings in a well-optimised and extremely customisable pixel / isometric / hexel / trixel / grid-art program. This program is wonderful to use if you enjoy making art but don't have the art skills that is mostly required with pen and paper / drawing pads.

> The program itself is well optimised and gives you a good range of options
> Wonderful colour pallete, allowing you to find the perfect shade between two colours
> Extremely high resolution output
> Glow feature to give your art a bit more texture
> Seriously, get it

As a person who doesn't do well with drawing, this program lets me bring out my creations with just my mouse, and that alone is a dealbreaker for me.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
몇가지 패치를 해주세요.


1. 애니메이션 할 때 그림을 자유롭게 자르고 회전, 이동, 비틀기 등, 에디터 가능하게 해주세요
2. 휴세츄레이션(색상보정) 기능 꼭 널어주세요. 색상을 바꾸기 너무 힘듭니다. 그림을 그리는 기본 기능입니다
3. 다각형 (세노, 네모,동그라미 등등 ) 기능을 넣어 주세요.
4. shape? 이 기능을 레이어 마다 다르게 줄 수 있게 해주세요.
5. 레이어에 그린 그림을 이동하는 이동 툴이 없습니다. 만들어주세요(레이어 층간 이동이 아니라 그림이동입니다)

이렇게 5가지만 우선 패치해 주신다면 다른 어떤 프로그램 보다 우수한 프로그램이 될 것 같습니다.
지금 많이 답답합니다. 애니메이션 할 때 전부 다시 그리고 다시 그리고..... 휴
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Hexels belongs to this growing family of small indie tools that allows you to do great things. I've followed its development since a while, and have been involved in several beta testing phases. It's a joy to see this software evolve and finally make it to Steam. It's among the rare tools I keep coming back to.

As a game designer with an artistic background but an increasing interest in programming, I had given up on drawing years ago, but Hexels kind of motivated me to do art again. It's fun to use, and it stands in a domain of its own, part pixel art, part, well, something else. While the core concept is dead simple, it's very versatile, and with a few tweaks you can create amazing stuff. It's not only about filling a grid: there's also outlines, textures, layers, animations... and the glow. Oh man, the glow!

I should also mention the main dev is a really nice and helpful guy, and the support team at Marmoset is very reactive.

So in case you're still wondering, yes, Hexels 2 is definitely worth it price!
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Hexels 2 is just brilliant, learned all the things within an hour and made up another version of the room samples, but this time in my way. It's just amazing. you can create your own shorts and GIFs and probably make your own miniseries with this. The UI is just plain awesome, I had no issues at all. You new content creators don't even need tutorials, it's very easy to learn and can unlock your mind to PC Graphics at the entry level. This software is just bomb. Definately reccommend this to any of you graphic designers and people who want to have fun making some art.

10/10, No reason to suspect otherwise.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Hexels 1 was not that good really, but hexels 2 really killed it. I must say really impressed how they changed everything to something really amazing, with all this different tools.

If still are an Hexels 1 User and still have your doubts. Trust me! You want Hexels 2.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
42.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
Strongly recommend this app. Very simple and useful, with awesome results.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
I highly recommend this software to beginner and exprienced pixel artists. It has powerful and yet simple tools. Keep up the awesome work Marmoset LLC!
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
very fun. would love some more tutorials. i am a n00b.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
Pure WOW!
I'd been thinking of making a "Retro" game with some construction sets. This will be a good tool to get the art, be it drawn or 3d rendered, to the right size. Works for art and pictures, I scaled down and cut-out some images and they looked like CapCom game art. I'm no "Pro" more a storyteller who dabbles in art, but for a "Retro" fun, hard to beat this, definitely not for the price!

Very good at importing/scaling pictures, works with layers to trace, etc. Going to start practicing animations and stuff, don't forsee any problems, just this thing really does deserve a good review. And this is like my first Steam review, I'm not into reviewing stuff here! (got to change that, I've loved most things I've got here!)
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