Minecraft Map Art

Map Art: A Minecraft Canvas

Making map art in Minecraft has always been something a lot of players like, but only a few know how to make. It is a very simple process, however it takes a lot of time to create a nice map art, especially in survival worlds and servers. This guide will teach you everything you need to know about map art making.

Choosing a Map Art Theme

First step in making a map art is choosing what you want it to be about. If you have no idea what to make, a few suggestions are seasonal maps (Christmas, Halloween) or a game you like. If you’re playing on EMC, the most common maps are residence advertisements.

This generator lets you import png, jpg and gif files and converts them into commands which create the image as a giant mural on your Minecraft map. All this can be done without MCEdit or mods. The generator scans every pixel in the image and chooses the closest color match from the available blocks. Minecraft community on reddit. Press J to jump to the feed. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. I'm making some survival map art.

Building the Map Art – Creative Single player

Before you get to building your map art on your survival world/server, it is recommended that you build it on creative single player first. To get started, grab an empty map, go to an empty 128×128 block area and right click it. It should look like this:

After that, all you have to do is let your imagination flow and build your map art inside that area. You are pretty much building a horizontal pixel art.

Designing and Coloring Your Map Art

Once you start your map art, you might have problems with designing what you want and coloring things. For the images, if you’re not good with pixel art, there are free softwares that transform a regular picture into a minecraft pixel art. You might even find already “pixelated” images depending on what you’re searching. If you’re having problems with colors, here is a picture with all the different colors that show up on the map art:

Building the Map Art – Survival

Once you have your map art finished on single player, it’s time to build it on survival.

Finding a good spot

First thing you want to do is gather all the materials you need for your map art. This could take a while, depending on what you built. After you got all the items, you need to choose a good spot. It has to be a 128×128 space, somewhat clean (no trees and as plain as possible). Bring a few empty maps with you. If you think you got a nice place, right click the empty map and make sure it’s a space you won’t have many issues building on. The best places are usually large oceans, because they are completely plain, and mushroom islands, as no mobs spawn there, so you don’t have to worry about creepers blowing up your map art.

Building tips

You got the design on single player, you got all the items you needed and you have a good spot. Now it’s time to build! There are not many secrets to this, all you have to do is place the blocks. One very important tip is if you have a large white spot that needs to be filled, you can build a snow golem, put a leash on it and run around the place, the snow caps it creates show up on the map art. This is great for saving blocks. Only downside is that torches will melt the snow caps.

Removing the map art

If you are playing on a survival server and you don’t want people to make copies of your map art, there is a way to remove it. Once you are finished, update the map in your inventory one last time, by having it on your hands, then place the map art somewhere at least 400 blocks away. Go back to where you built the map art and simply destroy it. As long as you don’t go back to that area with the map art in your hands, it will not update.

That’s pretty much all you need to know about map art making! I hope this guide helped you.

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This generator lets you import png, jpg and gif files and converts them into commands which create the image as a giant mural on your Minecraft map. All this can be done without MCEdit or mods. The generator scans every pixel in the image and chooses the closest color match from the available blocks. The only software you may need is an image editor like Photoshop to create images.

Import an Image

You need to consider how big the mural is going to be when it is placed in your map. This is important as a default Minecraft map has a maximum build height of 255. If you build an mural at sea level (62), this gives you about 193 blocks high to work with. You may need to scale(resize) your image first if it is too high. There is a feature that lets you scale the image. 1 is the original size. 0.5 halves the size and 2 would double the size. Simple!

This generator attempts to slice the mural into sections as efficiently as possible. Images with fewer colors such as a logo can be created in fewer commands when compared to a photograph.

If the image you have supplied exceeds the Command Block's maximum character limit of 32,767, The commands will be split into many sections and you will have to copy them into the command block one at a time. This is explained later.

The alpha channel in an image is what controls the transparency. This tool will treat an alpha value of 0 as totally transparent and no blocks will be placed. An alpha value of 1 or higher will not be considered as transparent and will be color matched with the most appropriate block.


Choose your Blocks

To choose your blocks click the checkboxes from each of the groups that you wish to include. If there are any blocks that you want to exclude, just click them. They can be chosen again if you reselect the groups.

After you have selected the blocks, you can click the 'Show/Update Preview' button to see a preview. You will see a large render of what the mural will look like with the chosen Minecraft blocks. You can zoom in and out get an idea about what the mural may look like from a distance. Tip: If selecting 'All Blocks' you may wish to deselect the individual stained glass blocks. They tend to spoil the picture due to their transparency. Blocks that fall (sand, gravel and concrete powder) are now included but murals are now drawn from the bottom up. Exclude falling blocks if the bottom row has no existing blocks under it.

All BlocksGrey ScaleWoolStained GlassStained ClayConcrete PowderConcreteShow/Update Preview

Hide Preview Zoom-+

Set the Placement

Set the placement of the mural. Here you just need to decide which direction the player faces when viewing the mural. The options are North, South, East and West. Murals on the ground are created on the layer directly under the command block. The bottom-left corner of the mural will be under the command block.

(OPTION A) Download the mcfunction file

With this option you can harness the awesome power of mcfunction files to create the mural. If you use this option, you can then skip all of the other steps below. Please read the Wiki on Function Files to find out how it works. There is a limitation of 65,536 commands per function file. For a large picture, you may need to divide the function file into smaller files.

(OPTION B) Place a Command Block (Create mural with minecarts)

You will need to be in creative mode now and you will need to give yourself a command block with this command:
/give @p minecraft:command_block
The mural is built relative to this command block so this will determine where you place the command block. The bottom of the mural will be at the same vertical position (y) as the command block. And it will be built one block to the right of the command block when facing the direction specified in step 3. Place some redstone blocks as shown here.

Command Length

In some situations, the commands that are generated may be too long and might cause errors when pasted into a command block. In normal situations, the value in the box can be left as is. As the number is reduced, it is likely that more command sets will be produced below. Do not set this value over 32000.
Maximum Command Length

Generate the Mural

Below you will see the generated commands that you will need to paste into the command block. Large and complex images will have the commands split into many parts while less complex images will have fewer parts. To generate the image you will need to repeat these steps.
  1. Click the button for the next part
  2. Copy and paste this part into the command block
  3. Place a redstone torch in front of the command block
  4. Look up in the sky. You should see some blocks up there
  5. Break the redstone torch
  6. Type this command into the chat bar: /kill @e[type=commandblock_minecart,r=20]
  7. Repeat until you have have completed all of the command parts

You're Finished

Hopefully it worked and the mural looks great. If so you can destroy the redstone blocks and command block.

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If you get stuck and things aren't working right, Check out this tutorial by mitchellcrazyeye.


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This tool was make possible with what was learned from dandydrank's how-to on Making Multiple Commands in One Command Block.

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