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    Community Leader RobA's Avatar
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    Default How to make a Map Scale Bar in Gimp (the easy way)

    (aka anything you can do, I can do better )

    Reading this thread on making a map scale bar with photoshop reminded me of a script I saw before for gimp...

    A few seconds of google-fu and:

    Plugin para Gimp para hacer escalas de mapas (Gimp Map Scale Legend Plugin)

    and the provided samples:

    While the page and screen shots are in Spanish, the script provided is in English.

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    Well isn't that handy. Cool stuff.
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    I snagged this myself some time back. It took me a few practice runs to figure out the configuration but it's pretty slick. Now if I could just start generating more maps I might be able to use it.
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    I'm glad there's a gimp method for this! Mine's just an explanation of an existing function anyhow Might be worth my time to go through and see if I can translate it to photoshop for pre-CS photoshop users..

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    Thanks for sharing. It should come in handy.
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    Thanks for the link. It was helpful. Had to a bit of searching to find this, but It was helpful.

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