With HomeTinkerer’s release of a custom Island Map Planner, it eases the pain of waiting just enough to get our hands dirty! The editor is 100% free, is a simple copy and paste operation, and should have you sharing your own Island Map in no time!Tweet
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At First Glance
When you first open the document, you’re met with a detailed explanation of how the map editor works. HomeTinkerer is pretty darn thorough with how the simple copy & paste tools of Google Sheets are effectively used so that you can get the best results with your time spent creating a custom map.
Read the directions carefully, and doing so will ensure you move to the next step with ease!
Continuing To The Editor
After a thorough read, or a quick skimming, head over to the Map Creator Tab located on the bottom left of the screen.
You will then be shown the relatively simplistic map editor. You have your different main terrain tiles (section 1), a large selection of 45 degree terrain tiles to connect different terrains together (section 2), and lastly, the different objects and map markers in section 3.
Now if you remember form the Instructions Tab, you have seven different colored cells that correspond to in-game materials such as sand, water, rock, grass, etc. These cells then correspond directly to section 1.
As you plan your island map within the Map Creator, I recommend saving a screenshot of those seven cells, or saving the image called “In-Game Material Cells” located below, to keep as a reference to the different materials you are laying down.
Now the Icons in section 3 can also correspond to in-game objects, such as your tent, NPC tents, buildings, etc., but really, as long as you understand what the icon means to you they can be whatever you need them to be.
There are also banners on the bottom that can be customized to include your lovely island’s name; just drag them out to where you want them, and double click the text to edit!
And there you have it! Other than section 2, which consists of pieces to connect land masses together diagonally, you are all set to start creating and planning your island map! Happy planning!
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About The Creator
HomeTinkerer’s original post is on reddit and has received a lot love from the r/AnimalCrossing community!
Although being new to Animal Crossing, the man himself uploaded his very own Animal Crossing: New Horizons map; complete with a Community Park, Flower Field, and Mountain Retreat.
Share Your Creation
Wherever you decide to upload your island map, whether it be Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or even Pinterest; give me shout with @CrossingCharm! I would love to compile a collection of community created maps for easy access to inspiration for others wanting to join in on the fun!
Alternative Map Editor
If you’re not a fan of using Google Sheets or you simply can’t get it to work, another reddit user created a browser map editor called the Happy Island Designer. It’s just as simple to use, and with some more customized tools than this editor.
I recommend trying both editors and see which one fits your needs best!