Google Earth Pro map making tool

Now that Google Earth Pro is fee we are having a look at some of the features it has that are not found in the standard version of Google Earth. We have already looked at the movie maker and Viewshed tools. Today, we are looking at what Google calls the map making tool.

The map making tool in Google Earth Pro is a set of advanced printing options. You can add additional features to your printout, including a title with description, a legend, and a custom HTML box that you can use to add more complex stuff, like your company logo or even a web page. All the elements are optional and can be moved around. The Google logo and copyright notices are also movable, but cannot be removed as they are required to be present by the licence agreement.

You can also print to PDF instead of to a printer. To save the view as an image, click the ‘save image’ button on the tool bar or select File->Save->Save Image from the menu. There are options to save an image much larger than a typical screen, so you can get higher resolution images than is possible via a screen shot.

Map Maker Tool
One of the options is to desaturate the base imagery.

Map Maker Tool
The settings are remembered for the duration of the session. If you want to keep the settings after closing Google Earth Pro, then be sure to save your print settings.

For more on using the map making tools, see this YouTube video from Google:

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.






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Comments

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  2. Corky McButterpants says:

    Set the Scaling to 1% and Google© overlay becomes 1 unnoticeable pixel \o/

  3. Tried downloading it on my S4 and it says ” can’t open file”.
    Anyone knows why?

  4. I have the paid version of Pro, but do not have the same print and viewshed options. Just very basic options, Any ideas? thx

  5. Can you give more information about this?

  6. Pedro Machado says:

    I did not find an option to print to PDF (where is it ?) but only to .geprint.

    Is ther a way to copy, save, export or print a georreferenced image (eg GeoTiff, or Jpeg with world file like jgw)?

    • Timothy Whitehead says:

      In Google Earth Pro on Windows if you go to File->Print, there should be some new buttons above the map one of which is Save PDF…
      If you still don’t see it let me know what OS you are using and what version of Google Earth Pro.
      If you go to File->Save->Save Image then there is the option to save as .jpg
      I am not aware of any options to save to GeoTiff or jgw

  7. How do you print high resolution maps with extends larger than your screen

  8. Ball Law Ram says:

    I would like change back color of legend and title. please how i do it?

    • Timothy Whitehead says:

      You can use HTML in the legend and title. This allows you to include styles. Try this for example: <style>body{background-color:red}</style>Untitled Map

    • Timothy Whitehead says:

      Even better, try this: <style>#white_box {background-color: red;}</style>Untitled Map and have a look at the ‘HTML Area’ option for more styling ideas.

  9. The box of the legend allows a maximun number of items ?I have 14 poligons, but when I press the button “print” only 11 items appear in the legend. is there any way to correct this ?



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