Choosing a Basemap
MapMaker offers several options for the map you use as the base. Select Map Settings in the layer panel to see the basemap choices. The choice depends largely on the purpose of your map.
Note: Only one basemap can be used at time. You can change the basemap, even after you have added map layers.
*Basemaps may not reflect National Geographic’s current map policy.
A Note About Map Projections
There is no perfect way to turn a round planet into a flat, rectangular map. Something will always be distorted. Professional map makers, called cartographers, use different methods for projecting maps, depending on the map’s purpose. MapMaker features Web Mercator, largely because of software requirements. These resources help explain map projections.