Overlay SketchUp in Google Earth 3D

Overlay SketchUp in Google Earth 3D

Postby Teal Pete » Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:19 pm

I built a model of an entire neighborhood in SketchUp: houses, trees, topography, etc. I would like to be able to display it in 3D in the context of the surrounding neighborhoods, but when I import the SketchUp model as a KMZ into Google Earth, my model conflicts with the existing buildings and vegetation on the site. If I turn the existing buildings and trees off (3D Buildings > Photorealistic) in Google Earth, it turns the hi-res topography off with it.

Is there a way to import a SketchUp model into Google Earth so that the land area where my model exists is cropped out from the Google Earth model?

I also have access to Photoshop, so if there is a solution to this issue involving Photoshop, I should be able to utilize that method. However, I already tried overlaying an exported image from SketchUp onto an exported image from Google Earth - using the same Scene/Placemark Snapshot - for both images, but the images do not align due to what seems to be a difference in camera lens settings between the two programs. I scoured the internet, but could not find a way to view/alter the camera lens settings in Google Earth in order to match them in/to SketchUp.

I also tried the Match Photo tool in SketchUp, but the dialog box and pins are incredibly difficult to use. For a model like this that is not a simple, rectangular building and needs to be rendered on all sides in 2D, Match Photo is not a feasible solution.

Any ideas?
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Re: Overlay SketchUp in Google Earth 3D

Postby pbacot » Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:21 pm

Can you overlay a GE image with your model (and no hi-res topography) and the regular GE image in Photoshop? Seems like what you were trying to do but both images would be in GE.
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