View Full Version : Hexagonal Grid

04-25-2008, 05:07 AM
Hi guys,

Been finding the tutorials really helpful, so I hope this will be an easy answer for you guys.

I am looking at mapping an gladiator style arena, I think I can follow various tutorials enough to get that done, however I then want to overlay a hexagonal grid if possible over it.

Is there an easy way you are aware of I can do this, or should I just wimp out and do a square grid?

04-25-2008, 05:22 AM
I found a photoshop tutorial here (http://www.photoshopcafe.com/cafe/viewthread.php?tid=37101)

But what software are you using? If you're using vector software it's a snap. Just draw a hexagon and replicate it.

04-25-2008, 06:24 AM
Sorry, am fairly new to all this, missed out out one of the key points!

I am leaning very heavily on RobA's GIMP tutorial right now, learning the program as I go along, so I am not really familiar with its abilities at the moment.

I will follow the tutorial and hoepfully I can transfer the knowledge across the programs


04-25-2008, 11:21 AM
If you really want a super easy way to lay down a grid and also having a gaming environment to move virtual figures and such you might check out one of the Virtual Gaming Tables. MapTool is the one I use predominately, the link is in my sig, but I can wholeheartedly recommend Battlegrounds as well. In either one you can drop your map in, turn on a grid to overlay it and then drop in tokens to move around. They include fog of war features and vision as well as a whole lot more.

EDIT: In fact here is a sample map down in MapTool that we are using in our current game. It is super simplistic, but this was banged out in about 5 minutes or so.


04-25-2008, 11:51 AM
The voronoi plugin I mentioned here (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?p=4102) can make nice hexes:


(but only up to 56 px)

-Rob A>

04-25-2008, 12:07 PM
I knew you'd find a solution!

GM's Apprentice
05-10-2008, 04:16 PM
If you can import Photoshop or Photopaint files I can upload an overlay at the apprentice website for you to drop on top of your map. It's scaled to fit a 4800 x 6000 pixel map, with a scale of 200 = 5 feet.

I also have it resampled and scaled to support a hex that equals 3 feet.

05-12-2008, 11:23 AM
Here's another method:
If you go here: http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/ you can set up your own size hex grid and save it as a PDF. Much to my delight if you open the PDF in PhotoShop you'll discover that it has a transparent background!

03-31-2009, 07:41 PM
I think this is a lesser known filter in Gimp, but it's one of the defaults, and it allows you to build perfect hexes for overlaying on your maps:

Filters -> Distorts -> Mosaic

Then use these settings (Tile Size is the size of the hexes, and Tile Spacing adjusts the width of the lines):


03-31-2009, 09:46 PM
@baez - THAT deserves some rep man *bonk*

04-01-2009, 11:36 AM
It does, indeed. Have some from me, as well.

09-22-2009, 09:18 PM
Bumping old thread to say there's a plugin for GIMP to generate hexgrids here:


I'm loving it.

09-23-2009, 06:08 PM
I think this is a lesser known filter in Gimp...

...there's a plugin for GIMP to generate hexgrids

Nice one... rep bonk, bonk !

09-23-2009, 10:06 PM
Bumping old thread to say there's a plugin for GIMP to generate hexgrids here:


I'm loving it.

heh! That's my plugin, too!

-Rob A>

02-29-2012, 10:41 AM
Firstly thank you for all this very helpful info, my question is what type of transparency would you use? Meaning what time of plastic?

Thanks in advance for your knowledge