Toolbag Artist Highlight | Ep. 120

Check out an exquisite batch of renders in this week’s highlight!

Artist Credits

  1. Tim McLeod has done a stellar job with a real-time study of a female character. 
  2. Romain Rouffet scanned a motorcycle and assembled a fantastic set of close-up shots in Toolbag.
  3. Jackes Tabach conjured up a hefty knight. 
  4. Christoph Schoch created a charming barbarian fisherman. 

Thanks for checking out the latest featured artwork rendered in Toolbag. Stay tuned for more next week.

Hexels | 2.55 Update

We’ve just released a new update for Hexels which should resolve a number of issues. Users with high DPI monitors should see a great difference with this update and post effects performance has been greatly improved.


To update, simply load up Hexels and click on the prompt, or download the latest installer from our website:

Last of Us: Capturing the Spirit and the Look

Romain Dauger is a remarkably talented environment artist who just wrote an in-depth breakdown for his impressive rendition of an environment from The Last of Us. We’re proud to say that Romain baked the maps for his assets using Toolbag 3’s shiny new baker. Check out the article on and find more of Romain Dauger’s work on Artstation.      

Hexels Hotkey Guide

There are plenty of ways to use the tools in Hexels, including some fancy features you may have not known about. We’ve put together a helpful list of keys and combinations to help you push all the right buttons.

Note:  On Mac, use Command instead of Ctrl.


Item Key Notes
Brush B Hold Q for quick erase
Outline O
Line L
Fill/Gradient/Noise G Shift – G to cycle
Erase E
Selection S Shift + S to cycle
Color Drop D
Pan Space
Zoom Z
Layer Transform T
Free Transform Ctrl + T
Frame Tool F
Swap Color X Switch between foreground and background color
Quick Layer Picker W Hover tool over layer content to pick layer
Item Key Notes
Toggle Grid Ctrl + G
New Document Ctrl + N
Cycle Sub-Grids Alt + 1-9 Trixel mode only
Brush Opacity 0 – 9
Brush Size [ , ] Increase/decrease brush size
Item Key Notes
Add New Layer Ctrl + Shift + N
Insert Frame =
Insert Key Cel Shift + =


Action/Key Description
Hold Shift (new selection) Constrain selection to square
Hold Shift (existing selection) Add to selection
Hold Alt Remove from selection
Hold Ctrl Move selection area
Drag Move selected content
Action/Key Description
Hold Shift Lock paintbrush along axis
Hold Alt Temporary switch to Color Drop tool
Hold Alt + Shift Blend between current and picked color
X Swap between foreground and background color
Free Transform
Action/Key Description
Hold Alt Scale from center
Hold Shift Constrain scale to 1:1 aspect ratio
Layer Transform
Action/Key Description
Hold Ctrl Snap to grid when moving layer contents
Hold Shift Constrain transform along specific direction
Hold Alt Precise transform when moving layer contents
Action/Key Description
Hold Shift + tap arrow keys Cycle Layers/Frames
Hold Shift + Double click cel Turn cel into an empty key cel
Action/Key Description
Hold Alt + Scroll forward/backward Zoom in/out
Hold Spacebar + Hold rmb Pan canvas

Toolbag Artist Highlight | Ep. 119

Enjoy this excellent selection of artwork rendered in Marmoset Toolbag!

Artist Credits

  1. Mike Fudge crafted an incredible Warhammer 40k inspired character entitled Blood Angel. 
  2. Christian Hercher built a towering mech with many details to admire. 
  3. Satoshi Arakawa is creating a marvelous rendition of Wonder Woman. 
  4. Chris Hodgson puts Toolbag 3’s lighting to the test with an Alien inspired render. 

Thanks for checking out the latest featured artwork rendered in Toolbag. Stay tuned for more next week.