How to use photo match and Google Earth terrain in Google SketchUp

Images can be used to create buildings which have effects of real textures in Google SketchUp. These can then placed on a real site imported from Google Earth. The textured buildings can be created through the process of photo match. Additional options can be performed by acquiring a plug-in from the various Sketchup plugins present on the internet for download.
To understand how to use photo match and Google Earth terrain in Google SketchUp follow the steps given below.


Step # 1 – Go to the “import” option

To understand this further, first search and get a building with a two point perspective. To bring this into Google SketchUp, go to the “file” menu and select the “import” option.

Select the “import” option

Step # 2 – Import image

Locate the picture file and once you select it, make sure the “use as New Matched Photo” option is checked.

Import picture

Step # 3 – Adjust the guides

When this opens, a side menu pops up, currently the style that is selected is the one viewing from the outside.
Adjust the lines so that they run parallel from the axis. Drag your axis such that the blue one runs parallel to the vertical edge of the building. Click the “done” button to start drawing over the image.

Adjust the lines

Step # 4 – Create the structure

Create a basic rectangular shape of one side of the building and use the “Push/Pull” tool to extrude it and create a 3-dimensional structure.
If you select the “orbit” tool now, SketchUp moves out of the image and takes you to the structure that you just created.

Make the structure

Step # 5 – Add textures

Go back to the picture by clicking on the tab at the top and from the side menu press the “project textures from photo” button. This makes the textures appear on the walls in your drawing.

Insert textures

Step # 6 – Select the “orbit” tool

Hence, once you select the “orbit” tool and move out, the texture is created on the surfaces and you can model it further by creating planes and using the “Push/Pull” tool to either pull them out or push them in.

Choose the “orbit” tool

Step # 7- Choose the “project textures from photo” option

Go into the tab and press the “project textures from photo” button again and then click on “yes”.

Select the “project textures from photo” option

Step # 8 – Add location

You can now import Google Earth terrain to see if your model fits into a specific location. Press the “add location” button, select a place, you can write it in the search bar and grab the location. You can alter the dimensions while selecting.

Insert location

Step # 9 – Clear terrain

This terrain is then imported and you can place your model on it accordingly. To get rid of it, go to the “file” menu, drop down to “geo-location” and select the “clear location” option.

Remove terrain

Step # 10 – Add buildings

Furthermore, buildings can be added to Google Earth by going to the “file” menu, dropping down to the “building maker” and then to the “add new building” option. However, using this option requires additional downloading of the “The Google Earth Plug-in” from the different Sketchup plugins available.

Add structures