3. Creating Your Map Graphic

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This guide is a continuation of my Travel Maps for Beginners guide, on how to create travel maps for your blog in Tableau. This post assumes that you have already created your travel map via the instructions in the first post, have formatted your map via the instructions in the second post, and are now ready to create a graphic for your map.

I am currently working on mapping all of the places that my husband and I went on my honeymoon. I connected to my excel spreadsheet, generated the map, and have formatted it how I like. Now, I am ready to turn the below map into a graphic.


Creating a Dashboard

You created your map on a Worksheet, which is a Tableau term for an individual chart. Now, you will need to create a Dashboard. Do so by clicking the New Dashboard button at the bottom of the page.

You will be brought to a blank Dashboard page. A Dashboard in Tableau is a collection of charts, meaning that if you had multiple charts, here is where you would design a Dashboard that would display them together.

The first step is to set the size of your dashboard. On the left side of the screen, you should see a Size option.

My preference is to choose from the Fixed Size options. Here, you can see a variety of pre-set sizes to choose from. If you are going to be displaying your map in a blog post, it might be a good idea to choose the Blog Embedded size. I like to make my maps squares, so I will choose Web Page Embedded (800 x 800).

Now, we are ready to drag our map onto the dashboard. Unless you renamed your map, it is likely called Sheet 1. Go ahead and drag Sheet 1 to where it says Drop sheets here.

Now, double click the Sheet 1 name right above your map. Here, you have the option to edit the title of your map. You can also leave some blank space if you would like to screenshot your map and add text in another tool such as Photoshop.

When you have made all of the adjustments that you like, you can screenshot your map, save it, and upload it to your blog. You’re done!

I hope that this guide was helpful, and showed you how much fun visualizing your own data can be. Tableau is also a very useful tool to have, so great work at learning a marketable skill.

As you visualize travel maps, I would love to see them! Email me at michelle@travelafterfive.com, it would be awesome to see the work that you create.


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