Customer Created Tutorial
The following was created by Al Cain, a Maze Creator PRO customer.
TUTORIAL on creating super custom
mazes with Maze Creator.
Besides creating great single mazes, you can also create
complex multiple mazes that actually link to one another to create a “multi
room” type of maze project. Begin in one maze; follow it to another maze, then
to another until you find the end. This opens up a whole new world of creative
possibilities for the maze creator within you.
All you need is a copy of “Maze Creator” and any desktop
publishing software, such as Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Indesign, Print Shop,
Page Plus or similar. The first thing to do (as is the case in any worthwhile
project), is to draw a rough idea on a sheet of paper to use as a guide. In this
tutorial, we will have four mazes linked together to form one complex maze. On
the sheet of paper, write a heading or title at the top. Now draw four boxes (or
rectangles) on the paper keeping them about an inch apart. Next decide where one
box will lead into another. Let’s start at the top left box. Draw a line coming
out of that box and into the box next to it. Now draw a line coming out of the
upper right box and into the lower right box. Likewise, draw a line coming out
of the lower right box and into the lower left box. Lastly, draw a short line
representing where the maze will exit the last box. Number these boxes 1, 2, 3
and 4. Now fire up “Maze Creator” and create four mazes named M1, M2, M3 and M4.
But in creating these mazes, use your drawing to decide where the start and exit
points will be. Save these mazes as a .Gif file.
Now open your desktop publishing program and create a new
one page document. Add a header or title at the top as necessary. Now import,
paste or place the mazes you saved as .Gif files into the document in the
correct order so that the exit point of one maze is fairly close to the entry
point of the adjacent maze. You can experiment with the proportions of the mazes
by resizing them individually to create interest. Now, select the ‘line drawing”
tool and add lines leading from the exit points to the starting point of the
adjacent mazes. When done, you should be able to begin at maze one and follow
all the way to the exit of maze four.
But wait! It gets even better. When you exported your mazes
from “Maze Creator”, it also exported a solution image as well (if you checked
this option, which you should always). Print out the solutions for reference and
now, again using your publishing software, locate areas of each maze that are
away from the solution path. In these areas, you may place exciting graphics,
text, or any object you desire. This will make your super maze come to life and
look truly professional. After adding a graphic (First add a blank graphic box
or blank text box to hide the unused maze path underneath), you may need to
again use the “line drawing” tool to close up any parts of the maze that needs
attention. Just be sure you keep plenty of space away from the actual solution
As always, after adding these items, be sure to do a final
check on your maze to verify that your additions do not interfere with the
proper solution path.
Another way to create exciting single mazes is to open your
exported .gif maze along with the solution .gif in two separate layers in a
paint program. Using the solution layer to keep you in unused areas, edit and
add graphics to the base layer to create high end and truly professional maze
Above all, have fun and let your creative juices flow!
~Al Cain, Maze Creator Enthusiast
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