Roll20 Map Editor Guide

This page will guide you to make and edit your Roll20 map. If you come to this page to find out some information about that, make sure you are going to read this entire article.

Page Settings

Of course, you need to know all settings in Roll20 if you want to make or edit your Roll20 map. In the text below, we are going to share some settings. Here are they:

  • Pages Details

There are some page specific settings which can be set for each page on your map. To access them, you are able to click the page button which is located on the top right hand corner of your map. To edit the settings for a specific page, simply click the gear icon next to the page you want to edit. Then, you are going to be presented with the Page Settings dialogue.

  • Page Size

Here, the size of the page canvas can be adjusted by changing the width and height values. You are able to set these in increments of 70 pixels. Or you are also able to put the total pixels of your canvas and then Roll20 will convert it for you. For note: Roll20 uses a baseline of 70 pixels equals 1 inch, once displayed at 100%.

  • Background

Using the Background Color palette, you are able to choose a fill color for the entire map. Please click on the color swatch that will pull up the color chooser. From there, you are able to choose the color you like from the palette. For advanced users, you are able to enter a specific hexadecimal color code.

  • Page Scale

Page Scale offers you to select what a single grid cell represents. For the size default is 5 ft (every 70 pixels represents 5 feet of distance). If the grid is disabled, so the Page Scale will sets how much distance is represented by every 70 pixels on the canvas. For the units of measurement, select between ft, m, km and mi and choose how many of that unit each square is worth. Also, you are able to choose a custom measurement.

  • Grid

There are some different grid options to select from, including size of the grid, how diagonal distance is measured, the type of grid, whether or not to display labels in the cells and the color and opacity of the grid. To enable or disable the grid, simply you are able to choose the Enabled checkbox. If it’s checked, then the grid is on, unchecked and the grid is completely off. For note: disabling the grid will disable any grid snapping effects too, since there is nothing for the objects to snap to.

  • Fog of War

If you want to use the Fog of War feature, first you have to enable it for the page. To do that, you are able to choose the “Enabled” checkbox. This is going to turn it on for the page, and also cover the entire map in fog.

  • Dynamic Lighting

If you want to use the Dynamic Lighting feature, first you have to enable it for the page. To do that, simply you are able to choose the “Enabled” checkbox. You will be able to use Fog of War In combination with Dynamic Lighting, however one is not dependent on the other to function. If you suffer from sluggish dynamic lighting render results, probably you want to consider checking the option Only Update on Drop. This will be able to lessen the render burden for the users running on slower connection speeds or once a GM is working with a really large or complex map. Enforce Line of Sight will offer you to set specific line of sight parameters for tokens.

  • GM Opacity

The fog appears as a solid black area to the players, however for the GM it is a semi-transparent layer. If you want to adjust how dark the fog appears to you, you are able to use the GM Opacity slider to adjust how transparent or opaque it appears. Simply, you are able to slide the slider to the left to make the fog lighter, or to the right to make it darker. If the slider is all the way to the left, the fog will be invisible completely. If it’s all the way right, it will be solid completely.

Using Editor (Online Mapmaking Tools & Mapmaking Software)

If you want to make and edit Roll20 map, you are also able to use online mapmaking tools and software. Based on the research, there are many online map maker tools and software that you can use.

Online Mapmaking Tools:

  • Mapper RPG
  • Dave’s Mapper.
  • Donjon
  • DunGen
  • DungeonFog
  • Dungeon Painter Online
  • GM Friend
  • HexTML
  • Medieval Fantasy City Generator.
  • Mipui
  • RPG Map Editor II by deepnight
  • Tiamat The Tile Mapper.
  • 5 Free Online Room Design Software.

Mapmaking Software:

  • Worldographer.
  • Campaign Cartographer 3. It is Windows mapmaking software.
  • WonderDraft. It is map-making software for any x64 operating system.
  • Arcane Mapper.
  • Dungeon Painter Studio.
  • Illwinter’s Floorplan Generator Steam
  • MapForge. It T is Windows and MacOS mapmaking software.
  • GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program).

Making the Roll20 map larger

You may want to make your Roll20 map larger. Apparently, there are some easy steps that you can do to make your map larger. Here are steps:

  • Firstly, near the top right section of the screen, you have to click on the page toolbar.
  • After that, in the Page Toolbar, you are able to hover your mouse over the map you want to change.
  • In this step, click on the settings icon for that map.
  • The next step is to change the ‘Page Size’ to the size you want.
  • The last step, you only need to click the blue button marked ‘Ok’.