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    • CommentAuthorgyrannon
    • CommentTimeNov 26th 2017 edited
     
    Hello,
    I have CC3 plus and I need help with converting maps I made via Microsoft paint. My maps are huge in terms of resolution (5000x5460) and the work I've done on them took years. I got CC3 in the hopes of making them 1000x better (ms paint can only be stretched so far).

    Please help me, I have them in bmp and png formats, I just need to know how to convert them or paste them in to CC3 so I can modify them to look better.
    Thanks in advance!
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeNov 26th 2017 edited
     
    You cannot really convert them to CC3(+), as an image file doesn't contain enough information that would be required for such a process.
    What you have to do is to import it as a background image in CC3+, and then use the various tools in CC3+ to 'draw over' your map, i.e. recreate it in CC3+, while using your old map as a guide.
    You can import your existing file by going to Draw -> Insert file. Check the 'Getting Hand Drawn Maps into CC3+' chapter on page 92 of the user manual for details about this procedure (obviously, you don't need to scan your map first since it is already an image, but the rest of the process is exactly the same). Replace the example size (125,100) used in the tutorial with the actual real world size your map represents (in km or miles, not the pixel size of the image).

    You don't mention your familiarity with CC3+. If you just bought it and haven't worked on making maps with it, I recommend you work your way throught the manual and do the tutorial maps first, before starting this procedure so you have a proper grasp on the tools, that will make converting your old maps a much easier process for you.
    • CommentAuthorJimP
    • CommentTimeNov 26th 2017
     
    I scanned my old 5mm hexagon maps and imported them into CC2 to make better maps out ofthem. I'm now using CC3Plus to update those maps. So it can be done.
    • CommentAuthorgyrannon
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2017 edited
     
    Posted By: MonsenYou cannot really convert them to CC3(+), as an image file doesn't contain enough information that would be required for such a process.
    What you have to do is to import it as a background image in CC3+, and then use the various tools in CC3+ to 'draw over' your map, i.e. recreate it in CC3+, while using your old map as a guide.
    You can import your existing file by going to Draw -> Insert file. Check the 'Getting Hand Drawn Maps into CC3+' chapter on page 92 of the user manual for details about this procedure (obviously, you don't need to scan your map first since it is already an image, but the rest of the process is exactly the same). Replace the example size (125,100) used in the tutorial with the actual real world size your map represents (in km or miles, not the pixel size of the image).

    You don't mention your familiarity with CC3+. If you just bought it and haven't worked on making maps with it, I recommend you work your way throught the manual and do the tutorial maps first, before starting this procedure so you have a proper grasp on the tools, that will make converting your old maps a much easier process for you.

    Thank you for the help!
    And yes I am new to CC3, I got it so I could massively improve my maps.

    Just in case, go to Facebook and look for Realm of Ulyssia, there you'll find my maps. So going from that to CC3 style will help make them less cheap in appearance.

    One more question - say I screw up on making a continent and wanna correct it without having to redo the whole thing, I tried to copy and paste, but I can't get it to work. I looked through the tutorial for copying and pasting, but no help. I wish it wasn't so complicated to do a simple copy and paste. Any advice?

    Again thanks a lot for answering my first question, I really really appreciate it.
    • CommentAuthorTeresa
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2017
     
    I'm telling you this without looking at the software, but this is how you do it:

    Look at the buttons on the left of the map window. There are three groups - you want to hover your mouse over the first buttons in the third group until you find the one that allows you to copy. (Alternatively, right-click the buttons to have a more detailed menu of the actions).

    You should find the copy button, click it. Then select the continent, right-click and choose Do It from the menu. That's about it, I think. It'll actually tell you all the steps you'll have to perform.
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2017 edited
     
    The most important thing with CC3+ is to watch the command line all the time, and do as it says, it is your guide to CC3+, and will always tell you when you need to do something. CC3+ has an extra step when copying, and that is to select the origin point of the copy, if you don't do that, the copy will fail (and there will be nothing to paste). This may seem like a weird extra step at first, but it is invaluable when you need to work with precision rather than just work by the eye. Of course, the copy command also uses the same selection process as all selection in CC3+ (also a procedure that can seem a bit weird to beginners, but once you get experienced with it, will find that it is a very powerful and flexible selection system, if you haven't done so yet, make sure to read about selections in the editing chapter of CC3+).
    So to summarize, doing a copy is just start the copy command (ctrl +c), select the entities you want to copy, right click and select 'Do it' (or just hit D on the keyboard), then finally click somewhere within that selection to specify the origin point. For complicated entities, CC3+ may need to think for a second so make sure to wait until the entities get deselected, which indicates the copy is done, and you can paste (ctr + v)

    If you are just copying/pasting inside the same drawing window, you can also use the copy in drawing command Teresa mentions above. The procedure is basically the same, although after specifying the origin (copy from point), it immediately goes into place mode, and you need to hit Esc when done placing copies. This command is much faster than regular copy/paste, because it doesn't have to go to the clipboard, but the final outcome is basically the same.



    But CC3+ has a bit of a learning curve, which is why I always recommend working through the tutorials in the manual from cover to cover before starting on your own projects. Most of the things in CC3+ aren't difficult, but they are different, and they certainly don't work like an image editor, so many people coming to CC3+ and expecting to do the same things like they used to do in their image editor often hits some snags on their way.