Google Earth as Giant 3D Pumpkin

Pumpkin Google EarthHappy Halloween! I still get a kick out of building the world’s largest 3D pumpkin. To turn your Google Earth into a pumpkin download here . Make sure you turn off the “View->Atmosphere” menu toggle and zoom out for the full effect. Look at the bottom of the pumpkin for some credits. To get your Earth back, simply turn off the PumpkinEarth placemark.
Here are a few tips on how to do this kind of thing yourself. Start by creating an image with a 2 to 1 ratio (2048 x 1024 in this case) and paint the pumpkin using a paint program (Gimp is what I used). Then select “Add->Image Overlay” in GE and give it the location of the image. Select the “Location” tab and set North, South, East, West to 90, -90, 180, -180 respectively (this overlays the image so it covers the Earth). The finishing touch in this case was to create a 3D model of the stem – the free Google SketchUp is the quickest way to do that.
Happy Halloween!

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.






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Comments

  1. gaye taylor says

    This looks really cool. I’m to lazy to do it, but I bet my 10 year old grandson would love it!!

  2. Thank you for showing me that I am not the most bored person in the world. Happy Mischief Day!

  3. Love it! Mind if I use on my site as a little holiday cheer?

  4. Quiet_I_am_sleeping says

    Is it a coincidence that Bermuda is in the triangle of the left eye? 🙂 Great post!



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