With this update we shine the spotlight on our fantastic Effects library. Hexels 2.56 makes it easy to import effects, improves our document recovery system, and fixes a number of miscellaneous bugs!

The real star of the show is the new guide that demonstrates how you can use our effects to an add an extra layer of awesome to your paintings. Create blizzards with the Snow shader, elevate the atmosphere with the Thermal Distortion shader and take full control of the lighting in your isometric wonderlands using the Normal Map Lighting shader. Fringe your pixels with a fancy Chromatic Aberration shader and give a nod to the good old days of pixel art with the Dither blend mode.

Get started by downloading the effects.

Are you well versed in the magical arts of engineering? The custom shader tutorial is for you.

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