Creating models for Google Earth presents a unique challenge compared to everyday SketchUp modeling. These videos cover the techniques you need for making great models specifically for Google Earth.
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Learn how to geo-model for Google Earth with the new features in SketchUp 8.
Understand site context with the new features in SketchUp 8.
Outlining the goals in modeling for Google Earth and how it is unique.
This tutorial covers the cleaning of unnecessary geometry from your model.
This tutorial shows the hierarchy of detail which should be used in modeling for Google Earth.
Details in Google Earth models should be shown with single flat faces.
The default arcs and circles in SketchUp are too complicated to work well in Google Earth, learn how to simplify them.
File size can be optimized in your model by turning repeated geometry into instanced components.
For small faces or hard to photograph areas in your model, plain coordinated colors can work nicely.
This tutorial shows the steps to take to get your model to export to Google Earth without lines showing.
This tutorial details the techniques for getting images ready to use in Picasa, Google's imagery program.
This video shows the techniques for applying photos to your model and removing their perspective.
This video shows the techniques for getting images ready to use in Adobe Photoshop.
This tutorial shows some additional techniques in Photoshop which can be useful.
This tutorial demonstrates the final checklist of things to make a model "Google Earth Ready" and shows the process of posting to the 3D Warehouse.