Once you’ve overlaid the data you want on your map and assigned labels to your data points or polygons, you need to export the image as a JPEG.

First, situate your map in the frame as you would like it to appear in your final image.

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Then, click on the “New Print Composer” icon in the toolbar

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You’ll be prompted to enter a title – name your map something that clearly identifies it.

You’ll next be faced with an empty screen:

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Click on the “add new map” tool in the left-hand sidebar

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Then, drag as large a rectangle as possible over the blank canvas.  Your map should appear.

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You can add additional information to this map.  For instance, a legend explaining the color values in your choropleth map.

Click the “add new legend” button, and drag a rectangle where you would like your legend to be.

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After you’ve added your elements, go to the composer menu>export as image

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Save your image as a jpeg file, and upload to the course blog, with your commentary.

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