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How to draw a nice planetmap, to be used on a sphere? Something like this, but then beautiful instead: Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Is the gimp good enough to draw something nice?

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Gimp is the best free graphics application out there. It won't draw it for you, but it is certainly a nice tool to use to do so.

A good way to draw an actual globe map is to use ZBrush and actually digitally paint onto a globe.

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I think you would need at least a bump map too to get some good looking planets.
You know, mountains, craters, defined surface features etc...

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