Hex­els 2

Polyg­o­nal sp ree The Hex­els app goes from quirky to ver­sa­tile

ImagineFX - - Reviews -

The paint­ing app goes from quirky to ver­sa­tile.

Hex­els 2 is a strong se­quel to an in­trigu­ing app. Now un­der the man­age­ment of Mar­moset, it in­cludes a lot of im­prove­ments that pro­mote it from a quirky paint pack­age into some­thing more ver­sa­tile and ac­com­plished.

The orig­i­nal Hex­els was a grid­based paint­ing app that en­abled you to choose what sort of polyg­o­nal shapes you want to be con­strained by, help­ing paint iso­met­ric im­ages with ease.

Hex­els was al­ways en­joy­able, but ver­sion 2 adds a lot of func­tion­al­ity. Lay­ers en­sure you can ex­per­i­ment non-de­struc­tively and im­port back­ground im­ages to work with. A new stream­lined an­i­ma­tion keyframe editor means you can cre­ate an­i­ma­tions that can be ex­ported as an­i­mated GIFs. Lay­ered PSD ex­port also makes it eas­ier to in­cor­po­rate the pro­gram into your work­flow.

Hex­els 2 won’t suit ev­ery­one, but if you have a pass­ing in­ter­est in retro video games, mak­ing an­i­mated GIFs, geo­met­ric art, pixel art or en­joy ex­per­i­ment­ing, then it’s worth its agree­able price tag.

Hex­els also fea­tures a ded­i­cated pixel mode that em­ploys an op­tional grid guide, and gives you Glow and Gra­di­ent op­tions.

Hex­els is sur­pris­ingly pow­er­ful, with many use­ful cus­tomis­able op­tions to make work­flows faster.

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