How to overlay an image over 3D Terrain?



I Very recently started using SketchUp to use for one of the first stages in recreating a real road for a racing simulator. I’ve successfully been able to use the built in geo grabber feature for a small area of terrain, then replaced the google earth image with my own sat image I got elsewhere by just replacing the image that is made when exporting to a .3ds file for a higher resolution image of my own.

So, now that I have gotten comfortable with that, I’m wanting to do a larger area of terrain but as the stock geo grabber tool only allows me to do a quite small area, this becomes a bit complicated. I have been able to get past the issue of not being able to grab the terrain data of a larger area using an extension called Skelion, but my issue is that the Skelion plugin for grabbing a large area of terrain data does not retrieve an image. That doesn’t worry me too much as I would always be using my own Sat image anyway. So after that explanation, I’m wanting to know how I can overlay my image over that 3D terrain. To me it seemed like a pretty straight forward process but for some reason I just can’t seem to figure it out.

I hope I was able to make sense to an experienced SketchUp user that could explain the process to me. I own the pro version but I was unsure if this question belonged in Pro section of the forums or not so to be safe I just posted here. Let me know if I should move it over there.


Lonnopo :smile:


Here is one link that might be useful for you.

A projected google maps or earth image would be ideal.

Just create a flat surface above and project the texture.


Thanks so much! Exactly what I was looking for, not too sure why I didn’t come across that in my searches. It’s a shame the ‘Get Current View’ isn’t a feature anymore as it doesn’t look like it limits how much terrain you can import like it does in the most recent version.

Thanks again though!


no problem. glad you found your solution!

Yeah, some features are superseded, but I guess you are savvy enough to see what is different.
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Two words from your topic title would have been enough…


Okay, thanks Chief…