Introduction & my current map

Hello, I'd like to introduce myself by presenting my recent map project.

Currently I'm working on a map for an Ars Magica scenario in the Languedoc region during the Albigensian Crusade.

There are two things that are puzzling me:

1. I used the map border from issue No 2, and if I use the snap setting as described in the instructions, part of the map border is drawn outside of the limits of the map, and gets cut off when exporting the graphic. I already tried disabling the snap, but then the tiles don't fit either, as they seem to be designed to overlap the map limits. Can I avoid that overlapping somehow?

2. The text "Regnum Franciae" in the upper left of the map, next to the shield with the fleur-de-lys, seems to be transparent for some reason when I exported the image to jpg originally. It is part of the same text layer as the other text elements in the map, and no transparency effect was added. It does not seem to happen with this smaller version of the map, so I inserted a detail of the original image.

Any ideas for the problems mentioned above or other suggestions?



  • MonsenMonsen 🖼️ 43 images Mapmaker Administrator
    1. The reason it gets partially cut off during export is the export setting 'Restrict image to map border'. The map border here is the actual map border (a thin line) and not the decorative one. You can avoid this by turning off this option, but it will probably also result in some white borders around the map. You can also use the rectangular section export file type when exporting, which lets you precisely control the export area yourself.
    2. This is an issue with how sheet effects work. When they look for the edge to put the glow around, the way this edge is identified is by finding the difference in the image with this sheet on top compared to the one without. But if the pixels on the sheet below contain exactly the same color, as it happening here with the black outline of the trees matching the color of the text, the effects processor sees this as no change, and considers this an edge. Try changing the color of your text to the darkest gray instead of black.
  • LoopysueLoopysue 🖼️ 15 images Mapmaker ProFantasy

    In addition to Remy's explanation of the first point, and as a suggested alternative cure, you could move the frame you've added to the MAP BORDER layer, and make sure its on a sheet of it's own at the very bottom of the sheet list.

  • Thank you two for the advice!

  • WyvernWyvern Surveyor

    Nice to see another Ars Magica fan! 🧙

    Welcome on board!

  • RalfRalf 🖼️ 16 images Mapmaker Administrator, ProFantasy

    Ah, fond memories and a very cool map. Our covenant La Belle Colline was in the Massif Central, not too far from Le Puy. Warning, this is one of my oldest CC2 maps.

    Loopysuemike robelJimPQuentenWyvernLillhansProchaska
  • Much better than my old cc2 maps.

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