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Ultra-Light Light Medium

HEXPAPER PRO
TM

PHANTOM GAPS!
The Worlds First (And Still Grooviest) HexGrid Font! HexPaper Pro is designed for high-quality print
by S. John Ross output. When viewing it on a screen, you might
see phantom gaps appearing to mar the bars
Install and use HexPaper Pro just like an ordinary alphabet font (except it isnt)! If this of some of the hexes (you might see some right
is your first time installing a font, just refer to your Operating Systems help feature under now: inspect the lowercase c sample above).
Fonts, or visit your favorite search engine with HOW TO INSTALL A FONT followed by the These happen because your computer (or your
name of your OS (for example: HOW TO INSTALL A FONT WINDOWS 10). PDF viewer) assumes any font is made of letters,
rather than grids, so its trying to make those letters
Once its installed, itll appear in the font menu of all your word processing and graphics more legible by putting fake spaces between
applications (just like Times and Courier and other fonts youd select when formatting them. Its just trying to help. Just change the zoom
a document). To make a grid, select a letter using this style catalogue (theres a different (or print this page) and the gaps vanish, because
they were never there at all.
glyph for every letter, upper- and lower-case, plus every numeral: 62 glyphs in all).

ddd eee fff


ddd
ddd d eee
eee e fff
fff f
ddd eee fff
Heavy Extra-Heavy Dashed Light

ggg hhh iii


ggg
ggg g hhh
hhh h iii
iii i
ggg hhh iii
Dashed Medium Classic (Open Vertex) Classic Heavy

jjj kkk lll


jjj
jjj j kkk
kkk k lll
lll l
jjj kkk lll
Open-Bar Light Open-Bar Medium Open-Bar Heavy
mmm nnn ooo
mmm
mmm m nnn
nnn n ooo
ooo o
mmm nnn ooo
Light Dotted Bar Medium Dotted Bar Heavy Dotted Bar

ppp GOING DOTTY


qqq
p q
The center dot patterns you see from q to z serve

ppp qqq
as standalone hexgrids (the dots are where the
counters/miniatures can stand), but they serve
double-duty as hex centers when layered to other
styles of grid (any alphabetical grid apart from S

ppp qqq
and T). Mix and match your favorite hexagons with
your favorite dots, and enhance the combinations
by using different colors or tones for each! The center
dots and hex-grids are scaled and positioned iden-

ppp qqq
tically, so if youre working in layers, just duplicate
one layer, change the repeating glyph inside it,
and: instant perfect fit.

Variable Dotted Bar Extra-Light Center Dots

rrr sss ttt


rrr
rrr r sss
sss s ttt
ttt t
rrr sss ttt
Light Center Dots Center Dots Heavy Center Dots

uuu vvv www


uuu
uuu u vvv
vvv v www
www w
uuu vvv www
Light Hollow Center Dots Hollow Center Dots Light Hexagonal Center Dots

xxx yyy zzz


xxx
xxx x yyy
yyy y zzz
zzz z
xxx yyy zzz
Heavy Hexagonal Center Dots Light Square Center Dots Heavy Square Center Dots
AAA BBB CCC
AAA
AAA
AAA
A B
BBB
BBB
BBB
CCC
CCC
CCC
C
Light Warm Medium Warm Heavy Warm (Honeycomb)

WARMING UP
DDD EEE
D E
The lowercase grids provide the fundamentals; the

DDD EEE
uppercase grids are variations and oddities, but
they include some of the more attractive options,
like warmed versions of the basic grids (A-C), where
the vertices have rounder character.

PRE-FAB COMBOS
Another thing the uppercase grids provide are some
DDD EEE
DDD EEE
of the most popular combination/layer choices
(grids with center-dots included, and grids overlaid
at different sizes) for software where layers arent
an option (or youre just in a hurry)!
3 to 1 5 to 1

FFF GGG HHH


FFF
FFF
FFF
F G
GGG
GGG
GGG
HHH
HHH
HHH
H
7 to 1 Warm Dashes Warm Classic

III JJJ KKK


III
III
III
I JJJ
JJJ
JJJ
J KKK
KKK
KKK
K
Warm Classic Heavy Embossed Type 1 Embossed Type 2

LLL MMM NNN


LLL
LLL
LLL
L M
MMM
MMM
MMM
NNN
NNN
NNN
N
Light Circles Heavy Circles Negative-Space Circles
OOO PPP QQQ
OOO
OOO
OOO
O PPP
PPP
PPP
P QQQ
QQQ
QQQ
Q
Circle Overlap Type 1 Circle Overlap Type 2 Circle Vertex

RRR SS TT
because offset squares are a pretty
But, theyre secure in their identity,
owing to the cruel facts of the math.
line up precisely with the other grids,
Offset Squares on S and T dont
Unlike the rest of the alphabet, the
R S T
cool kind of hexgrid.
RRR SS TT
RRR SS TT
RRR SS TT
Circle Vertex Heavy Offset Square Light Offset Square

SCALING THE GRID


UUU VVV
U V
Font sizes are in points, which are 1/72nd of an inch.
So, for one-inch hexes, just set HexPaper Pro to

UUU VVV
72-point type. For 30mm hexes, use approximately
85-point type, and so on. Multiply and divide from
there for any size hexes you need.

UUU VVV
By default, the font has no leading at all (no
space between the horizontal lines) which works
automatically in most software, but fancy desktop
publishing software (Adobe InDesign, etc) tends

UUU VVV
to add leading automatically (120% of the font
size). Just set the leading to equal the font size, and
youre good to go.

Bricklayer Light Bricklayer Medium

WWW XXX
ADDITIONAL NOTES

W X
In Adobe Photoshop, try using grids as the basis
of a texture using the Lighting Effects or Texturizer

WWW XXX
filters, thus applying hexes more subtly/organically
to some map styles! In Illustrator, type a single letter,
convert it to outlines, and then drag that into the

WWW XXX
palette to create a tiling pattern. The advantage
of doing so becomes evident when filling complex
(non-rectangular) areas like ponds, or zones with
shade-changes to indicate elevation.
The Bricklayer grids (on U and V) are useful oddi-
ties. Like offset squares, they function as a hex-grid
(each cell is surrounded by six others), but unlike
offset squares, they exactly match the scaling of
WWW XXX
a hex-grid in all directions. So, the rectangles can
Light Hex-and-Dot Medium Hex-and-Dot
be used as on their own, or as a drawing aid for

YYY ZZZ
freehand-sketching buildings or other layouts to

Y Z
cleave closely to hex-grid proportions, but with the
added help of straight orthogonal lines to guide

YYY ZZZ
your hand for walls and bulkheads.
If youre wondering why the open-vertex style on
h is called the Classic, its because HexPaper
Pro is the much-expanded sequel to the earlier

YYY ZZZ
HexPaper font, which defaulted to a single style,
the open-vertex hex. While HexPaper Pro charts
larger territory (62 grid-styles in all, mostly hexy)

YYY ZZZ
Ill always have a soft spot for the Classic (even if
these days, Im partial to Medium Warm, mapped
to B, and Warm Classic, mapped to H).

Diamond Bars Chicken Wire


111 222 33333333
111
111
111
1 222
222
222
2 33333333
33333333
33333333
3
Isometric Light Isometric Medium Isometric Alternate

LOVE TRIANGLES?
444 555
4 5
The Isometric (1,2) and Rhombille (4,5) grids map
precisely to the alphabet-mapped hex grids, so

444 555
they can be layered with hexes and/or dots for
emphasis effects (hexgrids where miniatures can
make a half-step, for instance). The Isometric Alternate

444 555
(3) is really just a different rhombus grid than the
Rhombille, but its what a lot of people really need
when they want a sheet of isometric graph paper!
For more iso options, return to the Center-Dot grids;

444 555
theyre also iso grids! The squares/graphs speak
well for themselves, and whats mapped to the zero
(0)? A lone hexagon, for off-grid extensions, giant
regional sub-hex maps, and so on.
Rhombille Rhombille Heavy

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666 777 888 999
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7 8 9
graph graph heavy graph quad graph quint

LEGAL & LICENSE FONTS FOR GAMERS, GAMES


The HexPaper Pro font, its contents, and this documen-
tation are by and Copyright 2017 by S.JohnRoss,
FOR FONT-LOVERS
all rights reserved, except as noted below. If you enjoy HexPaper Pro, look for other fonts from the Cumberland Fontworks, providing
fonts for gamers for nearly 20 years! My very first release was the original HexPaper in 1999,
Paid users of HexPaper Pro are granted unlimited
followed by Sparks, the worlds first paper-miniatures fonts (look for Sparks: Free-For-All at
and perpetual permission for private use, including
no charge wherever you purchased this font). Ive also made an unruly mountain of more
document embedding, personal modification, and any
traditional alphabet fonts, including ubiquitous stress-fonts like Dirty Headline and A Love of
use for decoration, typesetting, and graphic design.
Thunder, or warm hand-drawn fonts like Knits & Scraps and Apple Butter.
Paid users of HexPaper Pro are also granted limited
But no matter what fonts I make, it always comes back to gaming. Dirty Headline was created
and perpetual rights for public and commercial
as part of the Fly From Evil project. Apple Butter is the most Uresia of the mapping fonts in
use. They may use this font (including embedding
Uresia: Grave of Heaven, and if you download the fantasy module Toast of the Town (its
necessary subsets of it in documents made for sale)
also free of charge, wherever you got this) check out the pregens in the back, and youll see
for any form of graphic design or embellishment
High Fiber, hard at work, a handwriting font designed specifically for character sheet graphics.
except those that would constitute a competing
product. A competing product is any that provides I make maps with mapping fonts, decorate them with runes from my rune fonts, design pages
blank grids (or the means to make them). with my alphabet fonts, print miniatures and counters with my minis-and-counters fonts ... fonts
are just plain useful, and part of what Im about at Cumberland Games is demonstrating their
IN ENGLISH versatility and potential. I also offer custom fontmaking services, so if youve got a fantasy
alphabet or a special money-symbol or anything else you want fonted, hit me up.
Youre absolutely welcome to (for example) make a Im also never finished improving HexPaper Pro. This is HexPaper version 3, but someday
bunch of cool maps of your fantasy world/galactic there may be a version 4, so, if theres a hexagon-style or other grid youd love to see added,
sector/haunted house, use HexPaper Pro to add drop me a line. Or, if you just use this font in an extra-creative way, drop me a line. Or if youre
hexes to the maps, and sell the result. No need to seek just bored, drop me a line. I like talking to gamers. See you around!
permission or additional license; if youve bought this
font, that license is already yours, for keeps.
But: dont use this font to make, like, a book of blank
grids and then sell that (or even give it away to the
public) because thats just redistributing this work in
a different form. Use it to enhance your own work,
and Ill brag on ya (if you let me know).
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