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MapKnitter
activity:mapknitter

*Part of the [Grassroots Mapping Curriculum](/wiki/mapping-curriculum) series.* MapKnitter is a free and open source tool for combining aerial images into a map, or composite image. Informally, we call this "stitching a map" and it's useful if you have many images of overlapping or identical areas, and getting either a web map or a printable map from your photos. MapKnitter can make maps from any image source, but it was designed for making maps with aerial photos from balloons and kites. Start using [MapKnitter.org](http://MapKnitter.org) or read on for more documentation! ## Exporting Once you're map is complete, you can download it as a single image in JPG and other formats. Read about the new Cloud exporter here: https://publiclab.org/wiki/mapknitter-cloud-exporter Learn more about [exporting maps in MapKnitter here](/mapknitter-exporting). ## Activities [activities:mapknitter] **** ## Questions [questions:mapknitter] **** ### Advanced * [Decisions with distortions](https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=S8uUM3p3_Bk#!) - Learn about the design process of stitching maps when images are highly distorted or include tall buildings. This tutorial is in Photoshop, but the techniques are applicable to MapKnitter as well. * [Infrared multispectral compositing](/wiki/mapknitter-multispectral) (no video, in progress) Learn how to combine an infrared dataset with your map to assess photosynthesis. (Also: learn [how to collect infrared imagery](/tool/near-infrared-camera)) ...


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gubinda " Thanks " | Read more » over 3 years ago
a1ahna "I absolutely love this idea @MaggPi !! I agree with you, the zoom / scrolling ability makes this feel a lot more interactive, like looking into a ..." | Read more » over 3 years ago
a1ahna " @Bronwen Not only is this genius but it's also become my favorite artform " | Read more » over 3 years ago
MaggPi "The ICE auto alignment and fill in features are impressive and super cool. Still, I like MapKnitter since it lets you zoom in/out. I think that'..." | Read more » over 3 years ago
cfastie "These are really nice bee images. If your goal is to make a seamless composite, the free Microsoft ICE (Windows only) will stitch the photos into a..." | Read more » over 3 years ago
Bronwen " This is so great! I'll have to give this a shot. To work with a blank (looking) background in Mapknitter you can select the Open Street Map layer ..." | Read more » over 3 years ago
MaggPi "This is a test of Public Lab's MapKnitter online program to 'stitch' microscope imagery (instead of map features). The image is a 13 picture mosai..." | Read more » over 3 years ago