Basic features user guide

Adding photos

You can add photos to Google Earth. Your photos are not viewable by other users of Google Earth unless you choose to share them (learn more).

Note - This feature is distinct from adding image overlays. When you add a photo, it is located in 3D and does not appear as a ground level image overlay.

To add photos:

  1. Click Add > Photos... The New dialog box appears.
  2. Enter the following information:
  • 'Name' - Descriptive label of the image
  • 'Link' - Enter the URL (website address) or location of the photo you want to add. To choose a photo on your computer, click Browse...
  • 'Transparency' - Choose the opacity of the image as it appears in the 3D viewer
  • 'Description' tab - (optional) Enter any comment or text about the image
  • 'View' tab - Use these settings to manually place the photo in an exact location. For explanation of terms in this tab, mouse over each field. You can also click and drag the image to the location you want. Note: You can't click and drag a photo overlay
  • 'Photo' tab - These settings include:
    • 'Camera placement' - This is the location of the default viewpoint as you view the photo
    • 'Heading' - The orientation of the photo relative to north
    • 'Tilt' - The inclination of the photo relative to the surface of the Earth
    • 'Roll' - Use this to rotate the absolute orientation of the photo
    • 'Field of view' - These settings control how much of the 3D viewer the photo occupies relative to the Earth. Check 'Lock Aspect Ratio' to maintain the original dimensions of the photo
  1. Click OK when you are finished. You can view the photo as described above. You can return to the photo anytime by double clicking it in the Places panel.

Note - Using Panoramio, you can also share your photos with other Google Earth users. Learn more.