Blend modes give me the sort of feeling like when I was a kid and all these grown-ups were doing this confounded separated finger trick and I know they aren’t really ripping their finger off but for crying out loud how are they doing it then I crack the code and the whole world becomes at once, yes, a little smaller, but also ripe with new wonder at the tangible accessibility of illusion and dexterous slight of hand.
I’m sure you feel exactly the same way.
0:00 Meaningless chit chat.
0:15 How to get to the Map viewer Beta.
0.30 Setting basemap to (daytime) World Imagery (which, eh-hem, has been recently saturated and bumpified).
0:38 Adding a tiled-up NASA Earth at Night layer from Living Atlas.
1:45 Applying the Overlay blend mode.
2:30 Beholding the marvel of an x-ray vision perspective of an Earth at Night.
3:35 Changing a map’s background color, yes!
4:05 Back to rambling about how cool it looks. What a time to be alive, etc.