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    So this is my first attempt at a world map... after a whole lot of tweaking and reading and rereading tutorials. Any criticism would be hugely appreciated

    And a massive thank you to Ascension and RobA for the tutorials

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    This is pretty darn good.
    I am a geology nerd.

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    Hey, that does look good. Love the colors and patterning.
    "I like a look of agony, because I know it's true."

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    Yep, that's good. =) I don't have much experience with mapping rules, etc, but you might have trouble putting this on a globe if you ever decided to. Something to do with distortion at the poles? I'm pretty new to this stuff - probably not very helpful. Anyway, I love the colors and shapes!

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    The Projection Police are as big of sticklers as the River Police but from a "map as art' perspective this is pretty good. You might want to lighten up on the texture on the ocean but otherwise - good stuff.
    If the radiance of a thousand suns was to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the Mighty One...I am become Death, the Shatterer of worlds.
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    If you treat your map as a Mercator projection, possibly squashed, then your shapes are preserved on the globe. Your northern continent will actually be very small though (it'll be small WHATEVER projection the original map is), as will to some extent your southernmost landmasses.
    I am a geology nerd.

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    Put it... on a globe? Is there a program I could use to do that? =O

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    Well I was thinking conceptually. But if you mean a picture of a globe, a "view from space" as it were, I think GIMP can map an object onto a sphere. It may not get the results you want however, unless you first distort your map suitably.

    A physical globe is obviously trickier. But it is possible to put a map onto a net of a dodecahedron or icosahedron, which you can then make into an approximate globe. This site: http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/mgg/fliers/04mgg02.html has an example for the real world.

    I don't know if there are any programs that will make it easy to do though. Gdalwarp will reproject your map, but it takes some learning to use.
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    You can stick it in google earth if you want. There is a link (to a post by RobA) on my bio page somewhere in the comments section.
    If the radiance of a thousand suns was to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the Mighty One...I am become Death, the Shatterer of worlds.
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    Personally, I like to use Celestia to display global maps. For one thing, it's easy to add other features to the image without a lot of work. (And for other reasons, of course What, me biased? )

    It does require the surface map to be in what's known as "simple cylindrical" or "Plate Carré"

    Blindkingofbohemia,
    Here's your map wrapped around a sphere. Atmosphere and clouds are added by Celestia.

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