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Picture of How to Make an Image Map Using GIMP
This is a quick tutorial on how to make an image map using GIMP. GIMP is a free image editing program that looks and feels like many of the higher end programs available commercially. I would estimate the learning curve to be of moderate difficulty, varying upon your familiarity with other types of similar software. While this is a rather simple task, I should note that there are more powerful programs that can do this in fewer steps, but you simply cannot beat the cost of GIMP (free).
 
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Step 1: Step 1: Choose an Image

It would be exceedingly hard to create an image map without, you know, an image. So the first thing you have to do is source one from teh interwebz, or create one (using GIMP, obvs) from scratch. Since editing and creating images should probably be it's own tutorial, we'll just assume you already have an image to use and go from there (but if you don't, and you have access to something like Visio it's simple to make an image similar to what I'll be using).

Step 2: Step 2: Gather Your Links

Picture of Step 2: Gather Your Links
To me, the next logical step after choosing/creating an image is to go ahead and gather all the links you'll be using. This code be the address of an internal page you're linking to, or anyplace around the net. For this exercise we'll be using five web addresses:

http://www.instructables.com
The site you're currently looking at, duh.

http://www.flickr.com
A great photo sharing website. Existed before Instagram, back when Yahoo! was still a thing.

http://www.lowes.com
The Home Improvement Company.

http://www.mjcpl.org/
My local library.

http://www.facebook.com 
That site where that guy stole that idea from those guys.

dlewisa1 year ago
I am in awe of your GIMPiness.
Sunkicked (author)  dlewisa1 year ago
I think I need to host the image somewhere else in order to make it work properly.
Sunkicked (author) 1 year ago
GAH! Need to work on how the image blows up and screws with the map! Update coming, I promise!