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Hi can anyone help or advise, I am looking for a very high quality coloured world borders base map that give country names, major city names, large and small islands with names.


If possible the sea colour should be light blue.


Any help or advice would be appreciated.







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Presumably you cannot use the ArcGIS.com base maps? It might help to know what mapping software you're using. Most base maps are projected into web Mercator projection, so if that's not a problem, there are many choices.

A good option would be TileMill's base layers. You can style them however you want and then export as vector for refinement in Illustrator or Inkscape.

The problem with the ArcGIS base maps, is that they are tiled rasters, so you'd need to trace them in a vector editor, which isn't ideal.

If you don't mind getting your hands dirty, there are plenty of shapefiles available with first, second, and third order administrative boundaries.

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Does this map have to be free or are you will to pay for it?
What format would you need it in? jpg, ai, pdf, tif?
And what is the intended use?
Thank you

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