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Create Awesome Map-Based Wallpapers for Your Desktop with ‘Map –> Image’

Are you tired of using the same old types of wallpapers on your desktop? Then add something fresh and unique to your desktop with custom-created map wallpapers from ‘Map –> Image’.

When you first visit the website it will show the default location of San Francisco (home of the developers). To get started simply enter your location in the search blank in the upper left corner and click the Go Button.

Your chosen location will appear in a basic black and white format as shown here.

Now the fun part starts! You can customize how your new wallpaper is going to look using the Zoom In/Zoom Out Buttons, Map Style Drop-Down Menu, and Custom Image Size features at the top of the window. Keep in mind that some toner options shown in the Map Style Drop-Down Menu will not be available for all world locations.

You can also ‘grab’ the map image with your mouse and move it around so that your favorite section is lined up perfectly within the Image Boundary Outline shown in the screenshot below.

Once you have everything set up the way you want click the Make Button in the upper right corner.

When the processing is finished you will see a permanent URL for your new map wallpaper. Enjoy!

Note: You can see a thumbnailed version of our final map wallpaper with the Watercolor Toner option at the top of this post.

Map –> Image Website [via Guiding Tech]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 11/1/12

Comments (7)

  1. indianacarnie

    Cool! Be giving it a try in a few minutes.

  2. Asian Angel

    @indianacarnie – It is definitely a LOT of fun to play around and experiment with! ^_^

  3. Dan Flak

    Hmm, doesn’t seem to work for me. The page comes up blank and when I enter a location nothing happens.

  4. Ushindi

    Another fun one from H-T Geek (and AA, of course). Worked just fine for me – thanks once again.

  5. MD Minhazul Haque

    Good post.

    Ya, you could attach the link at top.

  6. Dark Reality

    Seems to take an unusual amount of time to process. I’m going to make a map of my hometown area for my desktop at home, and a map of the area around work for the work computer — we get a lot of people calling for directions, and having a map on the desktop would be really handy. They like their logo on it, but it wouldn’t be hard to just shop the logo into the corner. Bam, meets the requirements.

  7. Kat Johnson

    I can’t seem to get this to work. When I first visit the site most of the map tiles don’t show and when I enter in a location and click go nothing happens. Bummer.

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