Gimp Tutorial for making maps

Create a New File

1 – Start up Gimp
2 – Create a new file
        File->New; or CTRL + N

Here are the settings that I will be using:

Click OK

Create a Grid
1 – View -> Show Grid

The default settings has the grid being a bunch of crosses. Nice for drawing, kinda useless for making a dungeon. We need to change this to lines suitable for an (x,y) coordinate grid system.

2 – Image -> Configure Grid

3 – Change the line style from Intersections – Crosshairs to Solid
4 – The default spacing for me was 10 pixels apart. On my screen, I decided that was too small, so I increased it to 16 pixels apart. This is entirely up to you. You will probably have to play a bit to find a setting that works for your map.

5 – Make sure the image is displayed at 100%. You can double check this by looking at the header of the window. If it is not at 100%, go the lower left-hand corner of the window and set the drop-down menu to 100%.
6 – Take a screenshot. In Windows, the fastest way is to click the Print Screen key on your keyboard. For Macintosh, it comes with a tool that can take screenshots, found in the Application list.
7 – Edit -> Paste as New
8 – Select your Crop Tool. There are three ways to do this. The first is Tools -> Transform Tools -> Crop and Resize. The second is Shift-C. The Third is to use the button on the main Gimp Toolbar.

9 – Make sure the window setting is at 100 % and that the entire grid is visible in your window. You may have to expand the window to do this.
10 – Starting at the Upper-left hand corner, click and drag down to the lower right-hand corner. Once you click the button, a window will open up. Ignore it. You will know when you are perfectly aligned with the borders of the grid when the borders of the grid change colours.

11 – Click Crop.
12 – Save the image as a GIMP XCF image.

Cleaning up the grid

1 – Pick the Select Regions by colour tool.

2 – Click inside one of the squares.
3 – Edit – Cut (CTRL + X)
4 – It will look kinda wierd, but that is all right, we haven’t set a background colour yet.

Adding background layer beneath grid
Now it is time to add the background layer that will go beneath the grid.

1 – First you need to select a colour for the underlayer beneath the grid.
2 – Go to the Tool window and click on the background colour.

3 – Using the  options, pick a colour. I am using 6f6363 (the html code) in my example.
4 – There are two ways to add a new layer. Through the Window Menus (Layer -> New Layer) or from the Layers Control Panel. (See red circle)

5 – Make sure the Layer Fill Type is set to Background colour, give it a name (I called mine Underlayer) and click OK. Your precious grid just disappeared, but don’t worry, it is just hidden by the new layer you put in.
6 – Go to the Layers window, click on the new layer that you just created, and click on the down arrow. Voila, your grid just appeared.

7 – Save your file.

Thanks to SpaXe for the inspiration and for allowing me to copy his Photoshop Tutorial format.Map Making Tutorial for Gimp – Part 1