This is a set of continent maps that feature animals of different continents:  Africa, Asia, and North America maps were created.  Layers and masks were used to build the image, feature some images, and hide others.  Shape layers were composed for each continent.  Patterns, blending modes and filters were used to create the custom backgrounds.   The maps are to be gifts for people who make donations to The Global Wildlife Fund. 

Africa: gold continents. The client was not sure if they wanted the continents to have a gold cast or not, so I made Africa with and without the cast.  The client decided that without the cast was preferred, so the other two posters were done without the gold cast.  Each continent map has differences in their backgrounds.

Africa without the gold cast continents. 

North  America