Want to know how to import satellite or aerial images into SketchUp as your background? In this tutorial, we will show you can easily import high-resolution background photos into SketchUp 3D models, in a few simple steps.
Plex-Earth offers satellite and aerial images from a great range of providers like Google Maps and Nearmap which you can use in a SketchUp 3D Model.
This can be achieved in a few simple steps:
Step 1. Georeference your drawing
In order for Plex-Earth, to get going, a necessary part is to georeference your drawing. You can do so, by using one of the two available options provided by Plex-Earth. In case you have an already georeferenced drawing, Plex-Earth automatically recognizes the coordinate system applied, so you can instantly move further and proceed with the creation of an Imagery Mosaic.
Step 2. Import Satellite Imagery Mosaic
To Import an Imagery Mosaic, go to the respective button located in the Imagery panel of the Plex-Earth's ribbon, specify the preferred Imagery Provider & Image Quality, specify the Imagery cover area, and capture the images. For more details feel free to check out this step-by-step tutorial, by clicking here.
Step 3. Place your SketchUp 3D Model into AutoCAD (Optional)
If you would like to make sure that the Imported Imagery Mosaic covers the whole extent of your project area, you could Import your SketchUp 3D Model into AutoCAD.
Step 4. Convert Plex-Earth Imagery to Raster Images
The last step before proceeding with SketchUp will be to create a local copy of the Imagery Mosaic so that this can, later on, be Imported into SketchUp. To do so, just use the Insert command of the Mosaic Editor, and your Raster Image will automatically be saved on your computer. For more details, you can check out the procedure, described in this tutorial.
Step 5. Import Satellite Imagery in SketchUp
Finally, the time has come to Import your saved Imagery Mosaic in SketchUp. To complete this step you will need to Open SketchUp, on a new or an existing project, and from the menu bar select, "File", then "Import", to insert Plex-Earth's saved mosaic from your computer. Keep in mind, that the respective Plex-Earth Mosaic file should have been saved in the same folder with your AutoCAD drawing unless you have chosen a different setting.
Import image to SketchUp
|Note: Κeep in mind that the maximum size of an image that can be imported into SketchUp has to be no larger than 1024 x 1024 pixels. If you use an image that exceeds the maximum, SketchUp automatically downsizes the file using a medium-quality sampling mechanism.|
Step 6. Place the Imagery in the 3D SketchUp Model
Our last step after the Imagery is imported in SketchUp, will be to define the Image's place and scale, in relation to the 3D Model. So, after this final part is also completed, the procedure is all done!
Place and Scale Image in SketchUp
Now, with Plex-Earth you have the privilege to easily import high-quality satellite and aerial imagery to your SketchUp workspace, which can help you optimize your design and presentations.
The combination of our high-resolution imagery from various providers, such as Nearmap, Open Street Maps, Bing Maps, and Google Maps, with your 3D SketchUp Models, has never been more effortless.
We hope you have found this tutorial on how to Import Plex-Earth Images to SketchUp helpful. Feel free to contact us at email@example.com for any questions you may still have.
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