Trixels have learned a few new tricks!

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Hello everyone!  Ken here.  It’s been nearly two years since we first released Hexels, and over a year since our last update.  As previously posted, the next version of Hexels will have layers, animations, and lots of other new features.  But until recently, the most popular part of Hexels, Trixels mode, has been largely untouched.  That changes today.  Ted and I are really excited to announce a new shape mode:  Shards.  Shards takes Trixels to a new level by letting you add new angles and details to your isometric drawings.

So how does it work?  It’s simple.  Shards starts off with a triangular grid, just like Trixels:

 

You’re probably already familiar with drawing isometric cubes in Trixels mode. Using Shards is no different.

But once you’ve finished the general shape of your picture, you can press a button and switch to half-Trixels.  By changing the way they’re cut, you can draw easily fill in different shapes that were previously impossible with regular Trixels.

 

The triangle grid in Shards mode can be changed with the press of a button, allowing you to easily add different angles without sacrificing the fun of painting with Trixels.

Here’s some artwork people have already done with Shards mode.  These first two are by CNIAngel.

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Shards can also be used for non-isometric drawings.  Check out these pieces done by Mohammad Alhuraiz for his upcoming game Brigand Roses.

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Finally, here’s a heart container by Eric Hornby:

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You’re probably wondering two things now:  First, you’re wondering if you’ll be able to convert your Trixels art to Shards mode.  Yes!  There’s a button for that.

Next, you most likely want to get your hands on this new version of Hexels and try out Shards for yourself.  You can do that too!  Check out our new public beta, released just a few days ago.  As I said before, we’re very excited about this mode and we can’t wait to see what people do now that they have more freedom with their art.  So drop us a line or tweet us and share your creations with me and Ted!

 

Try out Shards now in our latest public beta!