MapTiler to create online maps II

In an earlier post I wrote how I created a mash-up map with MapTiler. There is an option in MapTiler to set transparency for a color, but this didn’t work for me at the time. I therefore created a small script to convert the background color to transparent and to process all PNG tiles generated by MapTiler using the PNGNQ utility.

I am working on a new online map and this time setting the background color to transparent in MapTiler works like a charm. I wonder whether this is because the function only works on indexed images and for some reason I did not get indexed images after exporting the raster file last time.

Like last time, I exported my GRASS raster layer as a georeferenced tiff file using the r.out.tiff function. The NODATA / background color was white. So after opening the tiff file in MapTiler, I simply marked white as transparent (second screen of the MapTiler wizard, see image below).

The second screen of the wizard interface of MapTiler. Here you can set a specific color to transparent.

The rest of the steps are fairly obvious, just follow the steps of the MapTiler wizard. See this mash-up map of the Potential Vegetation map of Ethiopia on my site for the results.

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I am a tropical forest ecologist with a focus on spatial and temporal patterns and processes at population and ecosystem level. I am furthermore very interested in issues related to conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and natural resources under current and future climates. I have worked in the Middle East (Syria and Lebanon) and South America (Brazil) and in Eastern Africa (Kenya).
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