Hexels Release Date – Feb 28 – Launch Sale

We have a release date! Hexels and Hexels Pro will be released on February 28th with a week-long launch sale at $14.99 (25% off the normal price of $19.99)! We are both so excited to finally get it available to everyone.

Hexels is a new grid-based art program that let’s you paint with shapes. Example art and feature details here.

We’ll be putting together a press kit soon and this page will be updated with a link as well as the Hexels page on the sidebar.

Update: Here’s a version of the release date poster without the price info.

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Meta Hexa by Mr. Div

Mr. Div posted a new motion graphics gif today inspired by Hexels! He used After Affects with a plugin called trapcode form. Here’s a making-of video clip that he posted on Vine.

If you haven’t seen his work, Mr. Div makes mesmerizing motion graphics using geometry. Below is one of my favorites, it makes me think of a re-imagined Casio digital watch display (before Indiglo). You can see the rest on his Tumblr.

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Trixel Tuesdays

Ken and I are done with all the development and tweaks for v1.0 of Hexels! It’s finally ready for release after a year and a half in development. We are insanely excited about being able to get it out there for people to try, and see what new artwork comes of it. There are a few things left to do like making the purchase page here on our site, and making some videos, but we’re pretty sure we can make it all happen and release before the end of the month.

I’m going to start making and posting trixel art on Trixel Tuesdays. Here’s the first one. Above is a Trixel Fireplace piece I made, and I added some wallpaper versions to the Goodies page. I got the idea from this beautiful piece of trixel fan art for Pixel Fireplace (below) made by my friend, Clemens Scott of Broken Rules (Chasing Aurora, And Yet It Moves). I was so surprised when he showed it to me because Hexels doesn’t currently have any animation features. It turned out that he made 8 separate files and put them together in Photoshop. Thanks again, Clemens! You can find more of his incredible work on his Tumblr.

Artist, graphic designer, and MVP Hexels beta tester, Natalie Hanke, has made a stunning series of 5 prints using Trixel shape mode combined with her workflow in Illustrator. Here’s Study of Suprematism – Print V. Click the image to see the other 4.

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Devlog: Hexels in action – Trixels shape mode and speed paint video

Last week Ken added a new, insanely-fun shape mode to the Hexels beta – trixels (triangle pixels). It lets you paint with right-side-up and up-side-down triangles at the same time – a feature that I’ve been dreaming of for awhile. I’m really excited that this feature is in, it opens up a lot of doors for creativity and possibilities for shape modes and features in the future. Below is the first Hexels speed paint video showing how it was drawn.

We’re now finished adding features to the beta, and we’re focusing on bugs and polish to get it released as soon as we can. Thanks to all of you for your patience. Hexels.com has said that the program would be “coming 2012 (probably)” for…over a year (oops! bad estimate). We thought it would be ready a lot sooner, but we kept thinking of cool stuff to add to it! ;)

The art tool will be released in two versions. Hexels with the standard draw mode and default glow, and Hexels Pro with all of the various draw modes including trixels and custom shape mode, all the features such as the outline tool and custom glow shapes, unlimited export resolution and export to .svg, and data export to .xml and .csv. We’ll post a detailed break down of the differences later and we’ll keep you posted on the release timeline via our blog, Twitter, and Facebook.

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