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Subject: What program should I use to make a Steam map? rss

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Lately my friends and I are trying to make Steam maps or to improve existing AoS maps to make them look a little bit better. Unfortunatedly, we are at a loss at how we can do it.

We are looking for a program that allows us to draw a hex grid and color each hex with a plain color or texture. Perhaps even copy hexes from other maps and paste them in. Nothing special but we haven't been able to find anything.

Any recommendations?
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HeavyMetal Map

http://www.heavymetalpro.com/HMMap_Features.htm

It's been designed for something very different, but it seems to me you could easily design Steam maps with it.
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Illustrator is the ideal solution.
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You can use 'Gimp' - free, opensource graphics program (ala Photoshop). There are various ways you can get it to create a hex grid - just google it - and it's a very powerful program. It is a little unintuitive but it's very good.
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You can download a pdf of a hex map from here http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/hexagonal/. Set the Hex size at 2cm (the length of one side of a Steam hex). Make the hexagon colour black and you can set the size of the document too.

Open that in an image editor, Gimp (http://www.gimp.org/downloads/)is free (or I use Photoshop), then select and delete out all the white space, so you're left with a hex map. You can then simply add names, colours or any other details to each hex.

When you've saved your image you can use a program like Posterazor (http://posterazor.sourceforge.net/) to split it up into easily printable sheets.

I made maps like this using this method although it did take a bit of time working out how to use Photoshop effectively...


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Inkscape works well, too.
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Okey, I got Gimp running and it works well! I have changed a map's pallete already, all I need now is to discover how to use textures.

Thanks everyone!
 
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Another isuee I have is that the hex grid page linked above me doesn't read the hedges, forcing me to use another A3 page just for one or two hexes. Any other grid I can use instead of that one? It would be cool to have a 20x20 hexes one and just split it with posterazor.
 
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General_Norris wrote:
Another isuee I have is that the hex grid page linked above me doesn't read the hedges, forcing me to use another A3 page just for one or two hexes. Any other grid I can use instead of that one? It would be cool to have a 20x20 hexes one and just split it with posterazor.


You'll need to change the size of the document up in the first option box.
If you choose "other" and change the document size to 50cm x 50 cm, that's a 13x13 hex map with a half inch gap around the page.

One point is a 20x20 hex map is absolutely huge, the original Germany map in Steam is only 16x13 hexes big...
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miggor wrote:
You'll need to change the size of the document up in the first option box.

Thanks! I know have a big one to work with.

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One point is a 20x20 hex map is absolutely huge, the original Germany map in Steam is only 16x13 hexes big...

Oh, yes, I know. The thing is, were I to replicate the map with several A3s as posted on the site, I would need three, wasting a lot of paper because the borders reduce the hex density too much.

Using a big paper I can draw without concern and then cut with Posterazor so that every map fits into 4 A4s instead of 6 with two crappy little pieces with only one hex in them (Cough, my copy of Portugal, cough)
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