Background & Foreground

An overview of backgrounds and foregrounds and how to use the Background Painter tool

Background & Foreground Overview

The Map of your Space is essentially a sandwich: the bottom bread is the background, the middle layer is the characters and objects, and the top bread is the foreground. 

When you create your Space starting with one of our templates, we have created the background (and possibly a foreground) for you already. In the Mapmaker, you have the opportunity to upload your own background and foreground, or to download the existing background or foreground.

The hamburger menu of the mapmaker is open, with Background & Foreground selected, and a further drop-down menu that shows Upload Background, Upload Foreground, Download Background, and Download Foreground.Select the hamburger menu, then select Background & Foreground to view your options for uploading and downloading backgrounds and foregounds.

Upload Background

To upload your own background or foreground, in the Mapmaker, select the hamburger menu in the top left corner. Then select Background & Foreground, followed by Upload Background.

The hamburger menu of the Mapmaker is expanded, with Background & Foreground selected, and Upload Background highlighted in the expanded menu. A modal shows two options: Draw your own background and Upload a background.When you select Upload Background, you have the option to Draw your own background or Upload a background.

You have two options:

  • Draw your own background: If you select this option, your existing background will be deleted, and the Walls & Floors background painter will open. If you accidentally select this and your background is now white, choose Cancel in the Top Nav Menu. Read more about the Walls & Floors background painter.
  • Upload a background: If you select this option, select your background image file from your computer.
    • Image should be no larger than 3200 x 3200 px
    • Maximum file size is 3 MB

Upload Foreground

To upload your own background or foreground, in the Mapmaker, select the hamburger menu in the top left corner. Then select Background & Foreground, followed by Upload Foreground.

The hamburger menu of the Mapmaker is expanded, with Background & Foreground selected, and Upload Foreground highlighted in the expanded menu. A modal shows two options: Remove foreground and Upload a foreground.When you select Upload Foreground, you have the option to Remove foreground or Upload a foreground.

You have two options: 

  • Remove foreground: If you select this option, your existing foreground will be deleted. If you accidentally select this, choose Undo in the Left Nav Menu
  • Upload a foreground: If you select this option, select your foreground image file from your computer.
    • Image should be no larger than 3200 x 3200 px
    • Maximum file size is 3 MB

Warning: Double check that you are not uploading foregrounds into the background location. This will create black screens and loading issues.

Download Background or Foreground

Downloading your background or foreground is helpful if you want to edit the image in a third-party image editing app, share your background with a mapmaking community, or get a backup copy.

To download your background or foreground, in the Mapmaker, select the hamburger menu in the top left corner. Then select Background & Foreground, followed by Download Background or Download Foreground.

The downloaded image opens in a new tab. Right click to save the image to your device.

Note: Designing your own background or foreground? Check out our Map Design Best Practices articles.

Walls & Floors

The Background Painter is a powerful tool in the Mapmaker that allows you to draw your own walls and floors in your Map. 

Warning: If you place walls or floors, you will remove the existing background. A warning message displays when you select Walls & Floors in the Mapmaker.

To use the Background Painter, open the Mapmaker. Select Walls & Floors in the Top Nav Menu. A warning message displays. 

A screenshot of the Mapmaker without a background or Map uploaded. The Walls & Floors option is outlined in red in the Top Nav Menu. A Beta warning message displays: Placing Walls & Floors will remove any currently upload background image." A cancel and Continue button display beneath.When you select Walls & Floors in the Top Nav Menu of the Mapmaker, a warning message displays.

Select Yes to open the Background Painter.

A view of the background painter tool in the mapmaker. The floors and walls that were previously visible are gone, and only the objects and tile effects display. The right panel shows six different wall options.If you previously had a background and use the Background Painter, the background image is removed, and you see only the tile effects and objects that remain.

Select Walls or Floors. We recommend that you start with drawing the walls first and then fill in the floors after the walls are built.

To use the wall tool, simply drag your mouse in a straight line (note that it should only be one tile tall for the walls and the tool auto-creates the depth). You can create corners, intersections, etc. as well! 

Using the floor tool is even easier! Simply drag your mouse across the Map and the floors will fill in. 

A gif illustrating the background painter. The canvas is blank, then the cursor highlights tiles to the right, then down, then to the left, then up, to create a rectangular room. The cursor then draws another line in the middle of the Space and a line from the top of the Space toward the new wall to create a Room. Then Floors is selected in the Top Nav Menu and a wood floor is placed by clicking and dragging the cursor across the tiles within the walls. A purple carpet is selected and drawn into the smaller room. Then Done is clicked in the Top Nav Menu, and the background painter closes. Then Save is clicked in the Top Nav Menu of the Mapmaker.To place walls, draw down and across. To place floors, drag the mouse across the area. When you're satisfied, select Done in the Top Nav Menu. The Mapmaker will display with the Background Painter closed. If you're satisfied with your changes, select Save

Note: Click Done in the Background Painter to check how your new walls and floors look with your existing Space. If you want to revert changes, simply close the tab and your changes will not be saved. If you are happy with how it looks, remember to click Save in the Top Nav Menu of the Mapmaker.