Hexagon Hype – Create Your Own Trendy Element Cluster

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Barb BrookbankOften designers will create an element that is just so simple, but for some reason it takes off and becomes a hot new trend. The hexagon shape is one of them.

I was admiring some of the layouts using this shape and decided that there was not a single reason in this world that I could not create my own. As far as I know, no one has a corner on the market of hexagons! I could produce thousands! (But I won’t.) (And why would I?)

For today’s tutorial, I will take four simple hexagons and show you how to create a cluster that would be terrific to use on your next layout.


Step One: Prepare the Workspace

  • Create a new document (File > New > Blank File) that is 12in by 12in at 300ppi with a white background. (Photoshop: File > New)
  • Make sure the Grid is showing (View > Grid). (Photoshop: View > Show > Grid) We are only using the Grid to make sure the point of the hexagon is straight up, so it doesn’t matter how the Grid is set up in Preferences, whether it is inches, cm, or number of subdivisions.)
  • Press the letter D to reset the Color Chips to the Default of black and white.

Step Two: Create the Hexagon

  • Get the Polygon tool.
  • In the Options Bar, open the Geometry Options and enter 1 inch for the Radius. Uncheck all other options.
  • Click on the Create a New Shape Layer icon. (Photoshop: Also click the Shape Layers icon. It’s the first icon in the set of three icons to the far left in the Options Bar).
  • Enter 6 for the Sides.

  • On the document, click directly on any Horizontal line and drag the cursor straight down to create the Hexagon shape. It should look like the following image. If the point is not straight up just delete it and try again.
  • In the Options Bar, click Simplify. (Photoshop: In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Rasterize > Shape.)

Step Three: Create the Cluster

  • Press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) three times.
  • Get the Move tool.
  • In the Layers panel, activate the shape layer that you want to move.
  • On the document, click on each hexagon separately and drag it into position as shown in the image below. Use your arrow keys to nudge it into place.

Step Four: Use the Cluster on Your Scrapbook Page

Have fun!

Digi Scrap Tutorial: “Hexagon Hype – Create Your Own Trendy Element Cluster” by Barb Brookbank
Kit: “Big Ideas” by One Little Bird is available to Premier Members September 2012
Font: CK Jot
Layout: “Run and Jump Like You Mean It” by Barb Brookbank

Download this Digi Scrap Tutorial

9 Responses

  1. Connie Holso
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    Thanks for your tutorial. Such a fun shape and so easy. Well it was once I figured out that I needed to right click the heart (shapes menu)to find the polygon tool (duh! polygon=shape) I was able to follow the directions and make my cluster just fine. But my options box will not let me turn off the indent sides option…when I put in 0 it changes it back to 1%…and you can tell that it is indented. Any ideas on how to fix that? If I leave some space between the shapes it is not really noticeable but if I have them butted up against each other it is.

    • Barb Brookbank
      | Reply

      Hi Connie! hmmmm, very interesting! In the Geometry Options, did you make sure to uncheck all other options?

  2. Mary Newman
    | Reply

    Thanks Barb, great job!

  3. Jenifer Juris
    | Reply

    I will be using this a lot!! 🙂 Thx!!

  4. Loretta Habig
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    What a great idea Barb! Can’t wait to try it. Thanks!

  5. Sharron
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    Thank you – the hexagon is one trend that I really like and will use, so I appreciate your great tutorial.

  6. Renee Diprose
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    Awesome – love the look of hexagons. Your tutorial is super easy to follow and I know I will use this a lot! Thanks so much Barb 🙂

  7. Cheri Franz
    | Reply

    Call me dense . . .
    Where is the polygon tool? I’m using Elements 10 and have no idea where to find it.
    Please help:{

    • Barb
      | Reply

      Hi Cheri! Sorry you’re having trouble! The Polygon tool is located on the side tool bar – nested underneath the Rectangle tool. Let me know if you find it! It can be so frustrating – I know! 🙂

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