Nowadays, there are so many tools and plug-ins available which magicaly enable us to create impressive visuals which previously took hours, or days to create. Texturing is one of these painful, but sometimes fun activities.. and possibly the most important part when it comes to 3D scenes. Procedural Shaders is one simple option, but takes time to optimize the results. I just tried out the LounarCell from Flaming Pear (flamingpear.com) which allows the texturing of a customized planet in about 2 minutes. There is a trial version available , while the full version costs £19. There is a detailed installation guide in the downloaded folder. The plugin is in the form of a filter, where the user can select colors and textures using diffrent interactive controls.
Fun and easy, with the possibility of producing several maps. Even though i am unsure of the projection..