Adding New PhotoOverlays to Google Earth

The new photo viewing mode built into Google Earth 4.2 is best illustrated to date by the layer under Featured Content called Gigapxl Photos (see article or the video below). But, Google also introduced a mechanism for adding your photos into the Photo Viewer through the menu Add->Photos… (here is a brief tutorial from Google on how to do this). Underlying this new mode is a new KML 2.2 tag called <PhotoOverlay>. Google has just released detailed documentation on how to use the new <PhotoOverlay> tag and take full advantage of the features. Also added to the documentation is the interesting new <Camera> tag.
Here is a video showing the new Gigapxl Photos layer:

I also liked the innovative application of the PhotoOverlay someone developed at the Google Earth Community which used a transparent image showing the view of GE as if you were inside a helicopter. Story on the new KML documentation via Google’s Using Google Earth blog.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Now if only someone made tutorial on how to easily make Image pyramids for photooverlays as explained here

  2. Tom Joneson says:

    This spot looks out of place and may be too far from takeoff point but you never know:

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