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Badlands Pass

Badlands Pass © Christina Roberts (Neyjour) 2012

If you'd like to play on this, the zip download contains the full-rez version (2260x3060)
Grid squares = 100x100 pix

(This map was originally for sale at RPGNow/DriveThruRPG, but has now been retired.)


:bulletred: Free to use for personal non-commercial purposes only.
:bulletred: Redistribution is NOT permitted. Please direct others to my deviantART gallery if they would like to download it.
:bulletred: My maps are NOT stock. Do not alter, manipulate, chop up, extract pieces, etc., and redistribute as your own work.
(If I find more instances of this happening, my maps will no longer be made available for free use.)


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~Paint Shop Pro 8
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Great map : ) . Maybe a no grid version is available ?
Starcave's avatar
Hi, great map. :)

I wanted to know something. How do you get the grid right for the map? It has been something I've struggled with. And what does the whole Grid squares = 100x100 pix thing mean? I have no clue how to work that out yet. 

So, any help with that would be much appreciated. ;)
Neyjour's avatar
Thanks. :)

Each square of the grid is 100x100 pixels, which equals 5 feet.  Making the grid is the first thing I do, because I use it as a guide for the overall scale of my map and the size/re-sizing of all the individual elements I'll be adding.

I start by creating a New Image with dimensions of (for example) 2000x2000 pixels, which would be 100 feet x 100 feet.  And I make it a solid colour (for example, a light brown).  I like to have a solid colour to work on at the beginning, before I start building my ground textures. 

Then I create a new Raster Layer (this is a transparent layer) on top of the light brown one.  I then open my 200x200 .PNG grid square (you can download those here: RPG Map Elements 83 ), which automatically adds it to the Patterns.  Then I use the Flood Fill tool to flood the entire Raster Layer with my grid.  (The grid squares in that pack are 200x200 pix, so when selecting the grid square from the Patterns, be sure to set the scale to 50% for 100x100 pix squares).

And that's it!  You're now ready to start building your map, both below and above your transparent grid layer. :)
Starcave's avatar
Wow, that is complicated! I tip my hat. :)

Going forward, I tend to create my maps at 3508 x 2480. As that is one of the 300ppi options. Does it need to be even numbers to get the grid right?

Your third paragraph mentions things I am not familiar with, what program do you work with? I work with Gimp at the moment.

I'm really hoping to figure this one out, it would be a help if there is a set of steps to get a proper grid onto certain maps.

Thanks again for taking the time.  ;)
Neyjour's avatar
Hiya!  :)  I use PaintShop Pro, but I just downloaded the most recent version of GIMP (2.8.22) and here's how you do it in that program:

1- Before you begin, make sure you've downloaded (and extracted) my "Battlemap Grid Bucket-Fill PNGs".

2- Launch GIMP and in your workspace select File > New.  In the pop-up window, make your new image 2000(Width)x1200(Height) pixels, and then click OK.  And you now have a 2000x1200 image/layer that is solid white.

Note: The size of your image does need to be in even numbers, in lots of 100 (if you're working with 100x100 pix squares), or lots of 200 (if you're working with 200x200 pix squares).  For example, if you're working with 100 pix squares your image could be 600x300 pix.  But that wouldn't work (the grid would be offset) if you're using 200 pix squares.  For 200 pix squares you would want to set the image size to something like 600x400 pix instead.

3- Now you need to open the transparent grid square.  In your workspace select File > Open.  And in the pop-up window you need to navigate to the location on your computer where you extracted the grid square files, and select the "basic" style, which is the first one (01.png).  Then click Open.

4- The grid square is 200x200 pix, so if that's the size you want to work with, skip step #5.

5- To resize your grid square, make sure your grid square workspace is selected and go to Image > Scale Image.  And set the dimensions to 100x100 pixels, and then click Scale.

6- In your grid square workspace again, select Edit > Copy.  This will copy your transparent 100x100 grid square to the Patterns.

7- Now select your 2000x1200 image workspace and go to Layer > New Layer.  In the pop-up window name your new layer "GRID" and leave the dimensions alone.  They should automatically be the same as your base layer (2000x1200).  But make sure the Layer Fill Type is set to Transparency, and then click OK.

8- Now select the Bucket Fill tool from the Toolbox window, and in the Tool Options select Pattern fill (under Fill Type).  Then click the little square pattern thumbnail to open all your pattern options, and the transparent grid square should be the first option (top-left).  Click it, and you'll now see it selected as your new Pattern fill.

9- Go back to your 2000x1200 workspace and click inside the workspace.  This will Flood Fill your entire image with a 100x100 transparent grid on its own layer.  Now you're ready to start working above/below your grid layer!

I know it seems like a lot of steps, but once you've done it a number of times it becomes really quick and easy, and should take less than a minute to set up.  If you have trouble with any of the steps, let me know and I'll try to help further!  Good luck!  :)
Starcave's avatar
It worked!!!! Wow! This is amazing!

You are an awesome person, thank you so much for taking the time. Really, I am so grateful.

It looks like a lot, but following the steps was very straightforward and it worked wonderfully in gimp. Thanks!

Hey, so I am creating a battle map for a client, is it okay to use that grid from your brush(RPG Map Elements 83)? 
Neyjour's avatar
You're very welcome!  I'm so glad you got it working with no problems!  Have fun mapping. :D

And yes, my Bucket Fill Grids are perfectly OK to be used for commercial maps!  :D
Starcave's avatar
Thank you ;) 

Hope you a lovely week :D
Cisticola's avatar
Lovely map....very reminiscent of supercaptain's work (that's a compliment)......
Neyjour's avatar
Thanks very much! I love supercaptain's maps. :D
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