A downloadable tool for Windows and macOS

Buy Now$49.00 USD or more
Requires the Itch desktop appIncludes Steam key

Hexels is a creative suite for grid-based painting, animation, and design. The Hexels canvas is a paintable grid of geometric shapes that lets artists create complex designs with the stroke of a brush. It is a new kind of vector workflow, a friendly playground for the beginning artist, and a versatile tool in the hands of a professional.


Hexels pairs digital art tools with a unique geometric grid: a discrete and tessellating mosaic. This grid combines the feel of free-form painting with the crisp precision of vector art. Lay down bold colors at broad angles. Paint with geometry.


A grid-based workflow is a natural fit for the forward-thinking pixel artist. Make full use of the same great drawing and color tools. Set your work in motion with the animation timeline. Export a sprite sheet for every princess in every castle.


For the craftsman looking to build worlds, Hexels provides a set of grids and guides for drafting all forms of isometric art. Raise walls, carve mountains, bend perspective to your will and build impossible wonders.


Pixels and Trixels living in harmony! Hexels lets you combine layers of vector and pixel art on the same canvas. Complement angular Hexel art with soft, sweeping brushwork. Carve pixel-perfect trim into isometric art. Block out whole cities in vector form, then dive in for the details.


Hexels gives you full control over the vector-to-pixel rendering process. Advanced rasterization tools provide vector alignment, pixel-perfect isometric art, pixel scaling, and antialiasing at any export resolution.


Build a world and bring it to life with the Hexels animation timeline. Breathe subtle motion into a still image with post effects and motion curves. Send shapes and colors twirling with layer transforms. Or tell a hand-drawn tale with a simple flipbook animation.


Hexels is the perfect tool for exploring tiling designs and geometries. Paint tessellating patterns on an endless canvas. Explore advanced grid types like Voronoi. Draft your own grids with a powerful custom grid designer. Whether you are creating textiles or laying out an elaborate mosaic, Hexels can help.


Hexels is a versatile tool for the graphic artist working with multiple applications, at a print-ready resolution. Assemble your canvas out of existing images and animations. Keep organized with layers, masks and groups. Add a pinch of procedural with a library of real-time post effects and shaders. Then export an SVG or layered PSD of your canvas for final touch-ups elsewhere.


Mark Knight, Mira Karouta, etall, Saskia Freeke, Will Wantz, Jen Maynulet, Jakobsen Beck, Charred, Ed Clews, Brunélie Lauret, Thomas Lonsdale, Beth Mohler, Andres Reinot, Tabby Rose


Hexels must be installed and run through the Itch desktop app. It is the itch.io equivalent of Steam.exe for keeping all your indie games and tools up to date. Do not download the Hexels zip file directly from the itch.io web interface, its contents will not work outside of the Itch app at this time.

Hexels requires occasional internet access. If you can't connect to the internet, you can launch Hexels in offline mode for up to 14 days at a time.


Mac requires OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or newer. Hexels has been tested on a variety of Macs running OS X 10.6.8 to 10.11.1.

PC requires 64-bit Windows 7 or newer. Hexels has been tested on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 desktops laptops, and netbooks, as well as the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. Users of the Surface Pro 3 have reported moderate success and some stylus input quirks.

A graphics card with driver support for OpenGL 2.1 is required. This includes most hardware by Apple, Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA from 2007 onward.

Marmoset LLC
PlatformsWindows, macOS
Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars
AuthorsMarmoset, allegrocm, areinot, ricecookerpancakes
TagsAnimation, geometric, Isometric, Painting, Pixel Art, Sprites, Vector, Visualization
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsKeyboard, Mouse, Touchscreen
LinksSteam, Homepage, Tutorials, Add-Ons, Support


Buy Now$49.00 USD or more

In order to download this tool you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $49 USD. Your purchase comes with a Steam key. You will get access to the following files:

hexels-osx.zip 57 MB
Version 3
hexels-win.zip 69 MB
Version 7


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is there plans for making a linux version? this tool seems amazing, but rn i only have a computer with linux, 

Unable to use the Mac OS version, launched from the itch.io app


Any chance for a Linux version? I'd buy it immediately. Looks like it'd save me time.

I own a key from the previous version, is there any deal/sale for users who have the older version? I'm not seeing a massive advantage to upgrading considers the price.


Send an email to hexels@marmoset.co with your purchase details. 

Generally speaking: if you own Hexels 2 on Steam or otherwise, it should auto-update itself to Hexels 3 for free, magically, like a beautiful butterfly! We do not offer discounts on Hexels 1 to Hexels 3 metamorphosis.