A template for a map in Normal Mercator projection.
Covers 85° N to 85° S with a 15° graticule.
In The GIMP, simply open and specify pixel dimensions to render.
In Inkscape open the Layers palette to turn on the background and feature layers and start drawing.
Should work with any other SVG capable software.
Please attribute as:Mecator Map Template
, Copyright 2011, Kevin Michael Smith. Used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 3.0
Including that in the description on dA is sufficient.