Atmospheric halo effect around mollweide projection of earth

Discussion created by gerickecook on Jun 20, 2011
Latest reply on Jun 27, 2011 by withershin
Looking for a tool or cartographic trick to create a halo effect around an image of the earth that I'm using in a global pathways map. The projection is Mollweide, because I want something of an "earth from space" look but still capturing all the continents. Therefore I cannot use ArcGlobe or some other 3D mapping program.

I've tried buffering an envelope of the earth (error due to exceeding max bnd), graduated fills of ellipses with custom color ramps, large stack of line widths to simulate buffer/halo, etc. Nothing I've tried so far achieves the effect I want. I've searched ArcGIS Online and arcscripts but haven't found anything.

Any ideas?