I am trying to create a map-art in Minecraft. The standard map is 128x128 blocks in size, so I have built a 128x128 pixel art. However, I am struggling to position myself when I create it such that only my creation shows on the map. I have rebuilt it so it lines up with the chunk borders. For reference, the map-art is 8x8 chunks. Am I misunderstanding something? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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The map does not center on the player when created, rather, the world is broken up into large invisible grid squares, and the map displays the area of whichever grid square it is in when it is first used. For example, if a player uses a new map in a certain grid square, and then moves a distance away and uses another fresh map but is still within the same grid square, both maps appear identical. To make a map that is not identical to the first one, the player would have to move outside of the edges of the first map (because then they would be in a new grid square). This way, no two maps can ever partially overlap and every map can display only a fixed area.

Unfortunately, there is no option other than moving your pixel art to a grid square. Open an empty map and go to the corner of it and start the pixel art from there and make sure it is within the map.


use pistons to move it to good position

  • Pistons are only able to push about 10 blocks, so this wouldn't work. Apr 30, 2021 at 11:28

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