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Vassoul
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Based on a previous recommendation, I was able to find http://www.incompetech.com/beta/plainGraphPaper/ to set up hex graph paper layouts and test sizes, etc. The hex graph paper generator lays them out as expected - flat edge to flat edge. As someone mentioned in another thread, this makes cutting out hexes quite difficult.

I was wondering if anyone could help me with a particular request. I need a .pdf or other image file set up to print on an 8.5" x 11" sheet, consisting of hexes laid out point to point. The hexes I need are ~1.2" leg length and ~2" inside diameter from flat edge to flat edge. If I could be insanely picky, I would ask for a small space between rows of hexes.

The result when cutting out the hexes will be a small amount of waste, but also a nice straight line along both sides of a row of hexes to cut with an exacto knife. This should make my life much easier in the coming weeks.

I really appreciate your help!

Below is a visual example of what I am talking about. Prepare to laugh out loud, however, as my paint skills are terrible and I am in a hurry!
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FastLearner
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Hex image file with particular layout

I'm a little unclear on how far the columns should be apart, so there are 3 versions, with progressively less space:

http://www.genimuse.com/temp/WeirdHexes1.pdf

http://www.genimuse.com/temp/WeirdHexes2.pdf

http://www.genimuse.com/temp/WeirdHexes3.pdf

-- Matthew

Vassoul
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Hex image file with particular layout

Those are perfect!

I think the middle one will work out very nicely. The gap between rows is just to allow some scrap between cuts so I can keep my edges clean.

Thank you so much for putting together exactly what I needed! This forum is the best!

Joe

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Hex image file with particular layout

Wouldn't this be more efficient?

Vassoul
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It seems like it would be... I'll try out both to see which I can use to produce a better product most efficiently.

Thanks!

Joe

FastLearner
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Hex image file with particular layout

LOL, that's exactly what I did the first time, but when I came back and looked at the sketch, I realized that it wasn't exactly what you'd asked for. :)

Here's a PDF doing the same thing, just in case you need it:

http://www.genimuse.com/temp/WeirdHexes4.pdf

DSfan
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Hex image file with particular layout

Does anybody have (or can make) hexes laid out edge to edge as a photoshop file?

I know cutting the hexes out will be somewhat difficult but it shouldn't be as much of a pain as I am going to have mostly have double hex tiles, some singles, and a few triple hex tiles.

Thanks,
-Justin

Vassoul
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Hex image file with particular layout

I don't know how to get it into a photoshop file, but if you go here, you can make regular hex graph paper to any specs you want.

FastLearner
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Hex image file with particular layout

Photoshop can open PDFs directly and rasterize them at whatever resolution you'd like, so that site should do the trick for you.

If not, let me know what size the hexes should be and the thickness of the lines and I'll make an EPS file that Photoshop can open and rasterize into a Photoshop file.

DSfan
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Hex image file with particular layout

Hey Fastlearner,

Sorry it took me awhile to reply, I was outside today in this lovely (but hot) Michigan day. Burn't to a crisp, I am!

Anyways, I tried to make Photoshop open it but, it wouldnt. It said there was no image.

The hexes should be about 2 in, with the thickness of the lines being about a half an inch. (1.5)

Thanks,
-Justin

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Hex image file with particular layout

I wasn't quite sure what you meant, but I made two files (one with hexes in each direction). Just let me know if it's supposed to be something else. The hexes are 2" wide and the lines are 1.5 points thick. I wasn't sure what you wanted for half-hexes, so some are there.

http://www.genimuse.com/temp/DSFanHexes1.zip

http://www.genimuse.com/temp/DSFanHexes2.zip

Unzip and open in Photoshop and choose the resolution you want (like 200 or 300 dpi, or so). It will rasterize into a Photoshop file with black-ish lines and a transparent background.

-- Matthew

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