Map Creation From PDF
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Map Creation from PDF
Next, I want use of each battle map in d20Pro that is included in the PDF. So, I will skim the content of the PDF to locate each map. There are three battle maps for this scenario in the PDF, listed below. You will notice that some maps have references to another Paizo map products in high-res that are available for purchase.
Depending on the method you use to extract the image from the PDF, you may get the image only or the image with the markups/notes. Since I use Adobe Acrobat Pro X, I'm able to extract the image without the markups/notes. I left-click the image to select the first image then I right-click to select copy image (alternatively, I can press Ctrl + C). This will copy the selected image to the clipboard.
Prep ImageGIMP (a free graphic editing program) then from the Menu Bar I select File>Create>From Clipboard to create a new file using the content in the clipboard. From here, I will inspect the grid to see if I need to crop the image. I will crop out any part of the image that is not a full square of the grid (thus, I zoom in really close to each corner).
Left to Right Grid Squares: 27
Top to Bottom Grid Squares: 18
Scaling the image
In GIMP, I would goto the Menu Bar and select Image > Scale Image and enter the appropriate values as determined by MapScaleTool or if you prefer not to rely on Excel, here is the tool as a Google Sheet.
Importing the map
I would continue this procedure for the remaining maps. I usually spend less than 2 minutes per map from extracting the image from the PDF to saving it in d20Pro with the grid lining up 99-100%.