6.7 Print to File
Level of expertise required for this Chapter: Intermediate; general Map Maker training
A) If you want the print, as produced by the print command (see Chapter 6.6, i.e. including grid, layout etc) in one file, you can ‘print’ this map to a file by ‘Print to Enhanced MetaFile’ (creating a high quality, but very large file) or ‘Print to raster file’ (creating a more handy, smaller JPG file or other graphic file).
> Save to raster file window: Width:
For maps in a Word document or PowerPoint presentation: 2000 should do
For plotting through a graphics program: 5000, or even upto 10000
> Colour depth: 24 bit > File format: JPG > OK > Select folder > Specify file name > Save.
This JPG file can be loaded into any application program (InDesign, Word, Excel, OpenOffice, Paint Shop Pro, PowerPoint etc) or uploaded to the internet.
For example, in InDesign you can load this map graphic file through File > Place:
Alternatively, you can save it as an EMF file or copy it to the memory (clipboard) and then paste it into your application.
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B) The final map, as shown on screen (!), can also be ‘printed’ to a file, which can then be imported to a report or to a presentation: Main menu > File > Save screen image > As bitmap > Save to raster file window: Leave width as proposed > File format: JPEG > No calibration necessary > OK > Select folder > Specify file name > Save