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Mastering Tableau by David Baldwin

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Custom background images

Custom background images in Tableau open a world of potential. Imagine the ability to visualize any space. Possibilities encompass sports, healthcare, engineering, architecture, interior design, and much, much more. Despite this wealth of potential, use of background images in Tableau seems to me to be underutilized. Why? Part of the reason is because of the difficulty of generating datasets that can be used with background images.

Like the Tile Grid Map discussed previously, background images require a grid layout to pinpoint X, Y coordinates. In the following section we will address how to use Tableau to create a grid that can be superimposed on an image to instantly identify locations associated with X, Y coordinates ...

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