This article provides an overview of the MapTiler Desktop user interface.
First, download your instance of MapTiler Desktop here: https://www.maptiler.com/download/
After you start the MapTiler Desktop application, you are asked to input your source files. You can either drag & drop them, or click on OPEN A FILE and browse your file system.
Once your import is complete, you shall select the coordinate system for your files. Every map needs one and there are plenty to choose from. However, the default CRS will be fine for most cases.
If the image contains any geographical location, it is picked up automatically. If not, there are several options of how to assign the location: by visual georeferencing (showed in this tutorial), by loading from an external source (world file, ozi, mapinfo), by defining a bounding box or a geo-transformation,
or by defining corners.
To georeference visually, you shall find a set of identical points on both maps. Look for landmarks, crossroads, buildings, and unique natural shapes. They make the best key points. Mark them by single-clicking the aiming-cross-tool. Adjust or delete your georeferencing points if not accurate enough. The minimal number of georeferencing points is 3. However, the more points you find, the better the precision of your georeferencing will be. Click CONTINUE once you have enough points.
Here is the preview of your georeference. There are several parameters - geolocation, coordinates, transparency, bands - in the menu on the right. You can change them if you need to. Once you are satisfied with the result, click EXPORT.
Choose the output format of your tiles and click CONTINUE.
Rendering the tiled map may take some time. It mostly depends on the data size. Please wait until the rendering is complete. If you use the FREE version you can also consider upgrading to START or PLUS.
If you rendered into Folders, you can view the map directly within MapTiler Desktop or you can check your map tiles in your file system.
Check your rendered map. You can also change the base map. If you want to share your map with the world, use your own server (MapTiler Server) or upload your map to a cloud service (MapTiler Cloud or Amazon S3).