Making Better 3D Models for Google Earth

Google recently posted at the SketchUp blog about new features in SketchUp 7 that help improve buildings 3D models for Google Earth. The new features help improve the textures for 3D models allowing you to separate each side of a building in the textures so you can re-touch the photos removing obstructions (trees or cars) which block the sides of the building in the photos.
Here is the start of the process using the original photo:

Adding original texture to model

And here is the final result:
Adding original texture to model

SketchUp Training DVDGoogle has a number of useful video tutorials for making models for Google Earth with Sketchup. If you are looking for some real training for SketchUp, the best resource I know is the Google-authorized training company “school“. They have some online training webcasts here, you can also purchase some training DVDs, or attend one of the live training classes in locations in the US.

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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