Hello guys! Colourful maps are things we rarely see on Grepolis. However, when you do get them, they are a wonder and can explain lots of things. Pictures paint a 1000 words. Today, I will tell you how to make them, through this thread. The tutorial will tell you how to make maps such as this: So, why make them? > They provide a visual aid for your alliance and other people > You can see whereabouts your members/other members are so you can plan ahead > It is easier to see whereabouts they are, instead of scrolling around a map trying to find your nearest team mate. > Great for diplomacy, you can see where your nearest ally or NAP is. I will provide a step by step guide on how to make these maps first using my favourite program of all, Paint.Net. Paint.Net is a great free graphics program that comes with plenty of tools and effects for your needs. It also has a great userbase, so you can download user made plugins to "pimp" your Paint.Net. Paint.Net can be downloaded here: www.getpaint.net A plug-in will be need to finish off the map. It can be found here: Pyrochilds Outline Object Plugin. If you need further advice installing plug-ins, please click here. If this is your first time, lets go through the interface (if you have, or you are feeling risky, please move on to the next step). Below, I have annotated a picture of the blank Paint.Net interface. Most the things we will use have been explained, so please refer to this if you can't find something along the line. As for the windows, if you accidently crossed any out or lost them, please go to the Windows button at the top, and select the one you have lost. Spoiler Lets start making! Part One- Getting the Map Image and Preparing 1) First of all, we need to get the map itself. To do this, we will use a tool made by Butane called Grepolis Maps This will give you all the tools you need for the markings and everything else. However, it is currently restricted. It can only show markers from a zoom of 4 inwards. Click on the world you wish to make the map for. However, don't create your map just yet. Don't add any alliances on your map, or any players. At this stage, simply place it at the co-ordinates you want the center to be at and get the correct zoom. Create this map and copy the image by right clicking (right click>copy image (varies depending on browser)). 2) We will now paste this into Paint.Net ready to work on. Open Paint.Net on your computer. Then, paste the map into a new image (do this by clicking on Edit>Paste Into New Image). Your map background will be pasted into Paint.Net! Last of all, rename the layer to Background by double clicking the current layer name (it should be currently called Layer 1). Spoiler You are now ready to start adding the alliances.