Okay, made my first peice of terrain for uploading. Not my favorite, but only one I had in my laptop from a top view (am on a train and bored). I have now uploaded a few in a row and think I have a feel for it.
Here is the very quick verson of how I did it. I will leave actions fairly generic so they can be translated to any standard photo editor (I am using an old photo impact pro, but have adobe photoshop so will try it there at some point). I did it with images I had shrunk to put on the net, so the quality is not the best from an image standpoint. Recommend using big high res images.
Before you get started create a folder in My Documents/battle chronicler/components/your file name, so you have somewhere to put the files so battle chronicler can find them without you having to direct it to a location different from all the other components. The other option is to just save them into the Components file and they will be mixed in with the others. The upside to that is that they will be located with their execution files and probably easier to copy to someone else later.
1)Take the picture from above.
2)Open in the editor.
3)I used the lasso tool to pick up the image and then dragged it into a new frame. For me that just means dragging it onto the workspace and a new image box auto appears.
4)Then zoom and use the erase tool to get rid of any unwanted areas around the terrain. I found it easier to just lasso as best I could and then use the erase tool to remove what I didn't want, rather than spend a ton of time trying to lasso it perfectly.
5)Once happy, export object to file (from the object file menu, not the export file from the file menu) not to image or you just get another copy on your workspace.
6)Export "image and and selection" as png file. This part took me a while to figure out. If you just do selection you get the background too, if you do image you get only the background, but if you select both you only get the image...very strange nomenclature. Make sure you save into the folder you created in the components folder.
7) Open Battle Chronicler then go to edit->components.
8. In the components screen select new
9) Skip down to the "Fill Type" secion and select image from the drop down menu.
10) Next, skip down to the image fill section at the bottom and click the "..." and select your folder and then your image. The image should come up in the screen. Keep the "keep proportions" tab checked. It will auto populate the name for you. Change it if you want or do the name etc first If you prefer, I just found this way easier.
11) Fill in the catagory.
12) In the theme drop down, your folder should be there as a choice.
13) Now go to the details section and make your selections. In the tutorial on the site, it discusses calculating the ratios to get the relative sizes of length and width, but in my version it did it automatically. I did the calculations manually and the program is doing it correctly. It will default to 6X6 but the first time you put a number in, it will correct it. In the program left to right is width and top to bottom is height.
14) Add an intellectual copy tag if you want. I like that there is a preselect for GW items among others.
15) Close the component screen.
16) The terrain will be available under whatever chatagory you put it in.
*****If you are still in the components screen and you look for your terrain it will be at the bottom, but after you close out it puts it into the alphabetical roster with all the rest.
*****I did not bother putting a border on any of mine, so left that out of the steps. If you want or need it, it is self-explanitory.
***** The execution files will be in the main component folder, not in the theme folder you created.
I will try it on adobe when I get home, as I don't have it on my laptop and come back with any differences.
Once I redo these with some higher quality images and have a large batch, I will try to figure out how to do it as an upload like off the battle chronicaller site. I anyone knows that peice I would love a quick how too.
I have a test shot of the terrain on the field, but can't upload on the train, will have to wait until tonight.