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Getting textures from Google Maps – Street View

I this post I am trying to show you how easy is adding a building to your scenario using textures from Google Maps (Street View). You have to know a little bit about Photoshop and layers and these stuff but it’s pretty easy thou…

First step, capturing my screen…OMG!!! there’s a tree in the middle of the building I want to model… there is no need to worry about it… Photoshop deals with it very well!!.

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And after taking these three pictures I finally get this one (Thank you Photoshop!!!)… I could have done it much better but this is just for you to know the way to do it… its not that bad thou!

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Second step: Start modelling… Im not teaching you how to model but I can tell you it’s a piece of cake… just try it. Of course I am using my beloved Google Sketchup. I get my current GE’s view:

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Defining XYZ axes, first blocks… just starting dudes!…

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Applying textures I had already got from Adobe Photoshop…

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And after a few minutes modelling this is what I finally get:

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Hey, It looks like more or less realistic!!!

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Third and last step: Let’s go to Google Earth…

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These two blocks of buildings are very close to where I live here in Madrid. Vicálvaro is 10 minutes to Madrid downtown by car… It’s far away but now it’s in your computer…cool, isn’t it?.

Alberto
BA Geography
MSc GIS and Remote Sensing
GIS Technician
albertoconcejal -at -gmail.com

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