Hexels: Grid-Based Painting, Design & Animation Studio - Marmoset

Marmoset Hexels

Hexels is an intuitive 2D, grid-based painting tool enabling you to effortlessly create brilliant works of art. Try it out today and revel in the grid!


Shape it Up!

From illustration to animation, Hexels will captivate your imagination while you explore a world of possibility with our fine selection of polygonal shapes. Impress your dog – let’s face it, your cat cannot be disturbed – 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, Pull, Drag, Drop

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

Pile it On

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

Make it Sparkle

Elevate your artwork with adjustment layers and post effects! Make waves with distortion, carefully curate colors using curves, and get imaginative with a variety of blurs.


Transform Your Artform

Transform tools open a new world of possibilities. Per-layer transformations allow you to perfectly position each layer by rotating, scaling, and moving the grid. Create smooth transitions with animation curves and tweening.

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.

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.

Hexels 2.5 is Available Now!

Hexels 2 is ready for its big debut! Check out the video below to get familiar with all of the exciting new features, and download the installer to start your free 14-day trial and experience the joy of the grid.


New in Hexels 2.5
  • Transform Tools
  • Post Effects
  • Adjustment layers
  • Tileable Layers
  • Layer masks, clipping, & groups
  • Animation curves & tweening
  • Per-Layer Settings
  • Blend modes

New in Hexels 2.0
  • Animation Editor
  • Layers
  • Fancy Palette
  • Gradient & Noise
  • Refined Shape Modes:
    • Classic (Hexagon)
    • Custom
    • Pixel
    • Trixel Plus Sub-grids
    • Voronoi

  • Available on Windows and Mac
  • Drawing Tablet Support
  • Export PSD, GIF, SVG, XML, CSV
  • Wrapped (Tileable) Canvas
  • Import Background Images
  • Convert Photos to Hexels
  • Halftone Mode
  • Textures
  • Glow Effect


Featured art by Andres Reinot, Danielle Casey Kruse, Glamorous Balls, Hexeosis, Javier Corzo, Mark Knight, Mira Karouta, Ness Io Kain, Saskia Freeke, and Xavier Coehlo-Kostolny.


Licensing & Purchase Info

One for All!

Hexels 2 licenses are universal; each and every seat is authorized for non-commercial and commercial use by everyone.

License Activation

Standard Installation

Once your order is complete and you’ve received your order confirmation email, run Hexels 2 and log in on the welcome screen using your Marmoset ID.

Installation from Disc Image

Run Hexels 2 on the imaged drive, then activate your license on that machine by logging into Hexels using your Marmoset ID and with the activation option “Authorize everyone on this computer” enabled. Once that image is deployed, this setting will make sure multiple user accounts per machine are authorized for use, and no manual activation is needed per client, per user account.

What is my “Marmoset ID”?

Marmoset’s software utilizes the end user’s email address as their Marmoset ID. No passwords or license keys are required, simply log into the software with your ID to get yourself up and running!

Licensing Terms

All Marmoset software and asset packs are subject to the usage terms and conditions specified in the End User License Agreement (EULA) included with each product download. Generally speaking these agreements don’t contain anything surprising, but please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Support Terms

All Marmoset customers receive complimentary email support for both trial and paid licenses. If you have any questions, feedback, or recommendations, we want to hear from you at support@marmoset.co. Marmosets don’t bite (usually).

Volume Discounts

All multi-seat license purchases are eligible for volume discounts. These discounts will be automatically applied to your order once you ‘Add to Cart’ and adjust the item to the appropriate quantity.

  • 3-5 seats: 5% off
  • 6-10 seats: 10% off
  • 11-15 seats: 15% off
  • 16-20 seats: 18% off
  • 21-29 seats: 20% off
  • 30+ seats: 25% off

Are wire payments available?

Yes, but we ask that any purchases under $1,000 USD be placed online through our standard web checkout. If your institution or client requires offline payment, please provide a purchase order for the necessary licensing, sent to info@marmoset.co. We’ll be glad to follow-up with an invoice for payment.

May I gift a license?

Absolutely! Proceed through our web checkout entering your billing information as usual, and enter the license recipient’s name and email address in the appropriate “Marmoset ID” boxes. This will assign the license to the appropriate end user, while delivering the email receipt only to you.

Do you work with resellers?

We do not have official reseller partners, nor do we offer specific reseller discounts, however volume discounts do apply (see above). If you are a reseller looking to purchase on behalf of a client, please proceed through our web checkout and assign the licenses to the appropriate end user by entering their name and email address in the “Marmoset ID” boxes on the checkout page.

All license information and receipts will be delivered to the purchaser. It is then the purchaser’s responsibility to pass along the necessary download links and/or licensing details to the client.

May I receive a price quote?

Without a doubt. If you require a formal price quote for purchase approval, please contact us at info@marmoset.co with your licensing request and we’ll be glad to prepare one for you right away.

Additional Questions?

Please contact us at info@marmoset.co.

Marmoset Hexels 2


– Platform-independent (Mac & PC), perpetual licensing
– Free point release updates
– Free email support

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