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Sun shaded SketchUp Models in Google Earth

Pyramids at Giza, Sundial in Google EarthPlaying around some more with SketchUp shadows and shading in Google Earth.

In this example I took an overhead screenshot from SketchUp of a simple model of the Pyramids of Giza. Then mapped this image back onto the same model as a texture.  This means that when the model was exported to Google Earth,  render effects were included.  

The Google Earth timeline uses a sequence of these models, with baked-in shading, to display a ‘sundial animation’, covering an eight and a half hour period.

Pyramids of Giza

Viewing tips:

  • Terrain and 3D Buildings, under Layers, should to be switched off.  
  • This is one of those Google Earth files where once opened it’s a good idea to maximize the width of the time slider to load in all the files.
  • Expanded Time Control
  • Then minimize this once the green load icons (under Places) have disappeared
  • Minimized Time Slider
  • Click the play button to view the animation.
  • Repeat mode and playback speed can be altered in the time control options dialog via the white clock button 

Animated London Eye with shadow
Bouncing Google Earth

  1. recover
    June 16th, 2007 at 08:14 | #1

    My computer’s RAM usage jumped to about 1400 mb and I was almost forced to reboot it by pressing the button. 🙁
    This may be cool, but dangerous.

  2. July 30th, 2007 at 15:40 | #2

    This is cool, the thing I am looking for !

    I am located in Switzerland and I am fascinated from flying through the Alps 🙂
    To plan my walkings I’d like so simulate the sunshadow for the day based on the 3d terrain of GE… Any ideas?

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