Dungeons and Dragons have never failed to bring some joy and adventure to our lives. With a glorious forty years history, it has managed to keep fans entertained with its mighty heroes, monsters, puzzles, and rewards. Some necessary items for the D&D world are maps, character charts, a die, and if you are extra like us – a cloak!
Maps can be easily found on apps like Reddit, Pinterest, etc., or you can also design your own on sites that offer such facilities. The real question that remains, however, is how to print maps for D&D?
If you are an avid fan wishing to print some maps for a game, give our article a read!
Printing Maps For D&D
Firstly, start by downloading a map. As we mentioned before, you can do so from Reddit (under the subreddit D&D Maps and BattleMaps), Pinterest (D&D Maps), Wizards of the Coast Map Archive, DungeonMastering.com Map Resource Page, etc. Before saving the picture in jpeg format, make sure it has a high resolution to prevent pixelation.
If you are interested in customizing your own map, then you can create them in map-making sites like Inkarnate, Dungeon Fog, Dungeon Painter Studio, RPG Map Editor, etc.
Open the saved image of the map using photo editing software. GIMP is our personal favorite as it is free and yet offers some of the most amazing sets of tools.
Below the opened image, you will notice a small box saying px in the left corner, and next to it, you can see a percentage written. Change this percentage to around 400%, and you will immediately notice that your map is now zoomed in.
Using the rectangle selection tool, outline one of the tiles carefully. Make sure that it is appropriately outlined according to the markings, and then look again at the bottom to determine the rectangle’s dimensions in pixels.
Keeping the dimensions in mind, press on the Image option present in the menu bar. From the drop-down menu that pops up, select the Scale image option. Image size shows the resolution of the entire map, so don’t make any changes to it.
In place of X and Y resolution, change the pixel count to the dimensions of your rectangle and make sure the interpolation option is set to Cubic. Once done, select the reset button.
Click on the Image option once again, and this time, press on the Print Size option available above Scale Image. You will notice that the pixel numbers are the same as that of your rectangle. Change the width and height accordingly.
Press on File, and from the drop-down menu, select the Export As option where you can alter the file format to pdf. Right-click the Export button once you have done.
Open the pdf file with Adobe Acrobat, click on the print icon and change the scaling to 100%. Then, from the Page Sizing and Handling options, select the Poster button and make sure to untick the grayscale box if you want colored prints.
Above the Print preview, you will notice the number of pages required written. You can now click on the Print button and get your print outs which, when joined together on the tabletop, will give a D&D map!
Go ahead and have an enjoyable round of D&D!