What is MG Maps?

MG Maps is perhaps one of the highest quality mapping packages offered to the world that doesn’t require a broadcast studio’s budget to acquire or work with or utilize said maps. MG Maps contains a multitude of GIS data converted over to raster & vector format for use in Photoshop to maximize layer handling due to the vast amount of data included.

In essence, MG Maps gives you crisp mapping of the world where you can pan and zoom the map onto the region you’d like to create your forecast map. Once you’ve settled on a perfect zoom level & map position, simply use the tools Photoshop is packed with to draw out your forecast and export your finished map.

Included w Premium Membership

More about MG Maps

MG Maps features fully layered mapping elements within each of the six versions of the packages’ Photoshop document, meaning you can enable and disable what you want, as well as underlay and overlay certain map effects and data over and under specific layers of the map. Mapping layers include a custom blended, high quality satellite basemap, in addition to bathymetry in the seas, country, state (and U.S. counties), and province outlines. In the two North America versions, major highways and interstates are included, in addition to interstate icons & town & city labels in the lower-48 of the United States.

Layers

MG Maps Pro + Lite

  • United States cities level 1 (major)
  • United States cities level 2 (large/medium) 
  • Canadian cities (major)
  • Major U.S. highways & interstates
  • Interstate & highway icons (new)
  • Counties
  • States
  • Countries & ocean boarders
  • State & country contrast, glow, and shadow effects
  • County contrast, glow, and shadow effects
  • Ocean
  • Ocean bathymetry overlay
  • Waterways: lakes & rivers (new)
  • Topographic elevation overlay (new)
  • U.S. highlight layer (darkens regions outside the lower-48)

MG Maps Global

  • Worldwide cities (major) 
  • Country outlines
  • U.S. state outlines
  • Country & ocean boarders
  • Topographic elevation overlay (new)
  • Waterways: lakes & rivers (new)
  • Modified Blue Marble basemap
  • State & country contrast, glow, and shadow effects
  • Ocean
  • Ocean bathymetry overlay
  • 5° and 15° latitude & longitude graticules

Included with MG Maps

MG Maps Pro

  • Highest resolution basemap of North America

1 GB

MG Maps Lite

  • Half resolution North American basemap, uses less system resources

380 MB

MG Maps Global

  • Entire detailed world map

1.8 GB

MetSymbol Kit, included with MG Maps, makes this layered mapping product the ultimate weather map design tool. MetSymbol Kit includes a massive selection of weather map elements, such as dozens of pressure symbols, fronts, a massive selection of tropical storm & hurricane symbols, storm system cloud spirals, directional arrows, keys for a variety of certain parameters and indices, and much more. Combined with the beautiful maps MetGraphics has produced for MG Maps, there isn’t a better weather map design package available on the net available to everyone.

Why there’s three versions

For users specifically interested in North America, MG Maps Pro & Lite are the two versions you’ll want to work with most of the time. The only difference between the two North American versions is that Pro features the highest resolution mapping, thus requiring a large amount of system (computer) resources to open and work with it. Lite on the other hand is scaled down to half the resolution, meaning if you need to work faster or have a less powerful system, it should work for you.

The Global version is for users around the world, featuring what you’d probably expect: detailed mapping of the entire world, including all the country/state/province outlines in addition to the ocean effects (bathymetry) and major cities around the world.

If you’re tired of using flat, barren, pixelated, or overused maps you find or snag from strange corners and shacks around the internet, MG Maps is the solution you’ve been seeking.

Latest features to be added to MG Maps

global waterways (lakes and rivers)

• topography overlay to help your fills stand out where hills & mountains exist

• interstate/highway icons in the U.S.

• a brighter, toned down basemap to make your forecast stand out from the map and be easier to translate to the public eye