Honeycomb / Hexagonal Layout

1. General
  • You need to select at least two objects.

  • The transformation point (pivot point) for each object is top left.

  • Order of objects is defined by the Sublayers from top to down.
    If you need to change the order please change the sublayers in the Sublayers menu directly.

  • The units will be taken from your document. If your document has pixels as units than a gutter width of 10 applies 10 pixels width. If you have inches than gutter width of 10 is 10 inches….you get it.

2. Columns
  • Set the maximum number of columns. Every other row will be shorter to achieve the honeycomb layout.

  • Lowest number of columns is 2. Zero and negative numbers are not possible.

3. Offset
  • Offset is the most important value to achieve honeycomb layouts.

  • x: you usually want this to be half the width of an item.

  • y: this works the same as „x“ but just for height.
    BUT: most of the time y needs to be negative to move up between the objects of the row above.

Offset x:

Offset y:

4. Layout
  • The first (default) option is symmetric layout. This is similiar to center a textfield. Rows are layout by their center.

  • The second option is asymmetric layouts. That means the rows are aligned on the left side.

5. Alternate Rows
  • By default each row starts with the long row. After that comes the short row and so on.

  • Here you can change that order and start with the short row.

6. Spacing
  • In „Grid“ this is called gutters. This defines the distance between object on x and y axis.

  • Important for hexagons: if you have hexagon objects you need to adjust spacing additionally to 

7. Position
  • Define the position at which the layout patterns should start.

8. Random Order
  • With this option the order of objects will be randomized.

  • If you uncheck it then it will reset to your default order defined by layers.

  • Note: The new random order is just „virtual“. This real order in layers is not changed.