These MapStudio tutorials will show you just how easy it is to create and customize maps using MapStudio Free and MapStudio Pro. If you haven’t already and would like to unlock the features for MapStudio Pro, just click on the “Go Pro” button at the top right in the menu bar.
Tutorial #1 – Loading, Resizing and Moving Your Maps
Here’s a quick tip about moving your map around the screen. If you have just edited text or created lines on your map, the “drag map” checkbox will not be checked. That is to keep you from moving the map by mistake when you really want to move text or lines. So, just re-check that box when you want to move the map around some more.
Tutorial #2 – Printing your MapStudio Free maps (downloading is preferable but requires the Pro version)
Here are a couple tips for printing your map. Firefox doesn’t have a very good print dialog box. You don’t have the option to resize or change the orientation from portrait to landscape. However, Chrome and Internet Explorer have those options when you choose to print directly from the print button.
But here’s a printing “hack” for you. Instead of clicking the “print” button, you can right-click the image and “view image” or even “save image as.” In this way, you can print the map without the side controls showing. Also, you can also save the image to your computer and print at a later time or drop it into document.
Tutorial #3 – Editing Text (only available in the Pro version)
P.S. You can also create text by double clicking on the map where you want the new label and the text box will pop up allowing you to type the label, choose the font, the size and the color of your new text. Any new text will appear in the “new text” field at the bottom of the features list on the right panel.
Tutorial #4 – Creating Lines (only available in the Pro version – check out the FREE 7 day trial!)
Here’s a quick tip for creating lines. After you have drawn a line, you can move just one end of the line to a new position or the entire line. If you draw more than one line, you can connect two ends and then drag them both around together by clicking on their connecting point. You can also select more than one line by holding down the shift key and drag an entire shape around the map to the exact location you want it.
Tutorial #5 – Cropping and Downloading your Map (available in the Pro version – check out the FREE 7 day trial!)
Here’s a quick tip about the features and color selection for the land and water. It’s best to make your color selections early in the process of customizing your map. Because if you decide that you don’t like it and want to start over, all you have to do is re-load the map. This will bring back all of the default settings, so only do this if you are willing to lose any changes that you have made, such as editing text and drawing new lines.
As always, should you need any additional help, please do not hesitate to ask. We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have fun with MapStudio and take a peek at the Gallery for inspiration in creating your custom map – www.mapstudiopro.com/gallery