So this is first attempt at a realistic land based planet. CLASS M if you will. I used 5 different hi res satellite photos. Played a lot with the stamp tool in photo shop.
I know some of the land does not blend the way I wanted, but this was my first attempt. One thing I learned while turning textures into spheres is to be cautious how it wraps. I had to make this be 2 images, because all the other angles showed some straight ugly lines, something I will need to work on.
The water was a little trippy to do, because most pictures had clouds and I wanted to work with what I had. So that was actually a mountain range in the middle east, which I covered with a transparent dark blue, and proceeded to tool up on.