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How To Hex Kit
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The top two buttons switch between paint mode and display mode; press TAB to switch.
The paint tool is your main tool. Select this tool or press P, then select a tile category, and have fun. Dragging left click across the canvas will paint a random assortment of tiles from the tile category you have selected. Clicking in individual tiles will also place random tiles; for specific tiles see the tile selector entry.
The erase tool can be used to erase tiles. Select the eraser or press E, then click tiles to delete them.
Selecting the information tool or pressing I will open the information layer of your map; the layer where you give tiles labels and information, or toggle coordinates.
Next up is the rotate tool. Select this tool or press R then left click tiles to rotate them. RIGHT CLICK with the paint tool will also rotate tiles.
F is for the flip tool; the tool that will allow you to flip the tiles horizontally. While using the paint tool, you can hold SHIFT and RIGHT CLICK on tiles to flip them.
The zoom tool allows you to get closer or further away from your map. Select this tool or press Z, then click your canvas to zoom in or out. LEFT CLICK zooms in and RIGHT CLICK zooms out. You can also use numbers 1 through 4 on your keyboard to zoom to specific levels: 1 for 100%, 2 for 75%, 3 for 50%, and 4 for 25%.
Working With Layers
Hex Kit supports dynamic tiles; tiles that contain transparent elements so that they can be layered ontop of one another to make pretty pictures and cool situations. Clicking the plus sign on the layers section of your tool bar will allow you to create and name new layers; give it a name that describes what is going there such as 'coasts' or 'roads' or 'icons.' The minus button will delete the layer you have selected. New layers will always stack on top of one another, but you can range them by clicking the up and down facing arrows on the left edge of the layer section. Each layer (except the base layer) can be renamed and hidden by clicking the cursor icon or eye icon, respectively.
The canvas is the window where you paint your map. When making a new map (File, then New) you can select a size or enter a custom size. If you decide you would like to add rows or columns do your map, hover your mouse on the outside edges of the map. Clicking the plus sign or minus that appears will add or subtract hexes.
The Tile Selector
At the top of the tile selector are several buttons. From left to right they are the back button and the edit button, followed by two buttons to change the size of the tiles as they appear in the selector. Beneath that is a drop down box where you can select which tile set you are currently working with.
The tiles that appear below those buttons are the tile categories, they represent a broad number of tiles that can be painted. Tile categories that appear to be a stack of tiles have multiple tiles that will be randomly painted when you have that category selected. Some tile categories will have sub categories inside of them. For example, the 'Secret Vale' tiles in the 'Traveling Through Dangerous Scenery' tile set has three levels of tiles. By double clicking the first category the sub categories are opened, and when a sub category is double clicked the single tiles will open.
When working with single tiles in a category, you can hold select a tile, then hold SHIFT and click on another tile to select a range of tiles to paint. Using the paint tool will only paint random tiles from your selected range. Similarly, you can hold CTRL and select tiles to cherry pick your range.
Importing New Tiles
Start by making sure your folders are somewhere they will live fairly permanently. The folder that contains all of the sub folders and single tiles is the folder you will be importing, and the name of that folder will be the name of the tile set. When you're ready to import the folder open Hex Kit, click 'File' and then the 'Import Tiles' option. A menu to select the folder you want to import will appear; find the folder, select it, and click the 'Select Folder' button. You do not need to select individual tiles or the tile category folders, only the main folder.
After selecting your folder the import settings box will appear. Usually you will only need to click save and be done with it; this tool is mainly for illustrators to generate a settings file when creating custom tile sets. All official Hex Kit tiles will appear to hang outside of the edges of the yellow template hex in this tool, but this is intentional. When importing official tiles do not rotate, re-size, or alter the tiles or you will have a bad time making maps.
Click here for a tutorial on importing tiles purchased on Roll20.
Click here for the folders needed to import tiles purchased on Roll20.
Unplug It And Plug It Back In
Feel like you borked something? Maybe you hit the spinning arrow thing on the import settings window and now your tiles are all screwy? Navigate to the 'Help' menu and click 'Reset Settings' to roll Hex Kit back to factory defaults and give you a clean slate. If you do this, you will have to import your art all over again and your saved maps will be blank. As long as the location of the tiles does not change, however, your saved maps will work again once you have imported the art.
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