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    Default My First Leather Map

    This is my first leather map and I think it turned out great for my first time. You would create the map then have to trace it twice on tracing paper than trace it back onto the leather then burn it. It is very time intensive but the result is very cool. I used a pyrography pen to burn the leather.
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    (Also if any of you can tell me how to make it not be sidewise when you click on it that would be incredibly helpful)
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    That is really cool though I can only imagine how long it must take. A 'normal' pen/paper map takes far too long without multiple renditions being done!

    And to get it upright the thing that has worked for me in the past is ensuring it is upright when opened in the original file on my computer. If, even before I upload it to the guild, it is sideways then I don't know if there is a way to change it after it is uploaded.

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    Great news!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arimel View Post
    That is really cool though I can only imagine how long it must take. A 'normal' pen/paper map takes far too long without multiple renditions being done!

    And to get it upright the thing that has worked for me in the past is ensuring it is upright when opened in the original file on my computer. If, even before I upload it to the guild, it is sideways then I don't know if there is a way to change it after it is uploaded.
    Thank you so much for your praise and tips.
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    Nice. I've always wanted to do some leathercrafting.

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    Gosh this is fantastic! How long did this take you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Queer_Wizard View Post
    Gosh this is fantastic! How long did this take you?
    I honestly can't remember how long it took, but it did take at least 10 hours. I did do a pretty simple map because it was my first time so a little bit more complex map would take exponentially more time.
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    Tutorial How to make any image you take to stay horizontal when opening the thumbnails

    Things you could do to make any image stay horizontal:



    Tutorial 1 (fast):

    1.- Paste the map on a LibreOffice/Word document, then you put the image in the correct orientation in the screen(enlarge the zoom as much as possible to avoid loosing too much resolution).

    2.winOS.- Open the "Snipping Tool" (Windows OS) and cut the correctly oriented image.
    3.winOS.- Save the cut. (WARNING: It will be saved as a ".PNG".)

    2.- Make a screenshot.
    3.- Edit the screenshot so your map is the only visible thing (cut everything else out in the default image program, or you can use GIMP or Paint too).

    4.- Post it on Cartographer's Guild and enjoy your correctly-oriented map.

    Additional Notes: This method will decrease the final resolution of your image. It's better if you can avoid it.



    Tutorial 2:

    1.- Import your image on GIMP
    2.- Rotate the image with the tool "Rotation" to the desired orientation. (I recommend to rotate in increments of 90 degrees).
    3.- Export the image with the parameters you want. You can even choose the type of file to use.
    4.- Post it on Cartographer's Guild and enjoy your correctly-oriented map.

    Additional Notes: This method should maintain the same resolution as your original image.

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    Thank you so much 4maram! That is incredibly helpful
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