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University of Utah Library Guides

Google Earth: Creating Features

An introductional guide to Google Earth with skills and tips for creating geospatial projects using the software.

Creating a Project/Feature Folder

  1. Right-click on "My Places", select add and folder (or by going to the add icon at the top of the screen and selecting folder)
  2. In the new window, name your project/feature folder and enter a brief description (description is optional and HTML tags can be applied here.  This will appear in the created information balloon when the item is selected)
  3. Use the aerial tools to zoom in/out or to adjust the angle
  4. Under view, select snapshot current view
  5. Select OK

*Repeat steps 1 thru 5 to add additional project/feature folders

Creating Polygons

  1. Highlight the project/feature folder you created, right-click and select the add polygon icon from the toolbar
  2. Create the shape by left-clicking to add/move nodes and right-clicking to delete (more nodes on curves offers better results)
  3. In the new window, enter a name, description or any photos or videos you wish to include (HTML tags required for multimedia) (will appear in the created information balloon when the item is selected)
  4. Under the style and color tab, change the color, line size and opacity
  5. Use the aerial tools to move to a desired view
  6. Under the view tab, select snapshot current view
  7. Under altitude, you can extrude the shape from the ground to a desired height and the measurement tab allows you to obtain statistical information within the area
  8. Select OK and you are finished
  9. If at anytime you wish to go back and revise the information, right-click on the layer and select get info (mac) or properties (pc) depending on the system you are using

*Repeat steps 1 thru 8 to add additional polygons

Creating Points (Placemarks)

  1. Highlight the project/feature folder you created, right-click and select the add placemark icon from the toolbar
  2. Click and hold the icon to move it to a desired location on the map
  3. In the new window, enter a name, description or any photos or videos you wish to include (HTML tags required for multimedia) (will appear in the created information balloon when the item is selected)
  4. Under the style and color tab, change the color, size and opacity of either the icon or the label.  The icon can also be customized
  5. Use the aerial tools to move to a desired view
  6. Under the view tab, select snapshot current view
  7. Select OK and you are finished
  8. If at anytime you wish to go back and revise the information, right-click on the layer and select get info (mac) or properties (pc) depending on the system you are using

*Repeat steps 1 thru 7 to add additional points/placemarks

Creating Lines (Paths)

  1. Highlight the project/feature folder you created, right-click and select the add path icon from the toolbar
  2. Create the shape by left-clicking to add/move nodes and right-clicking to delete (more nodes on curves offers better results)
  3. In the new window, enter a name, description or any photos or videos you wish to include (HTML tags required for multimedia) (will appear in the created information balloon when the item is selected)
  4. Under the style and color tab, change the color, line size and opacity
  5. Use the aerial tools to move to a desired view
  6. Under the view tab, select snapshot current view
  7. Under altitude, you can extrude the shape from the ground to a desired height and the measurement tab allows you to obtain statistical information within the area
  8. Select OK and you are finished
  9. If at anytime you wish to go back and revise the information, right-click on the layer and select get info (mac) or properties (pc) depending on the system you are using

*Repeat steps 1 thru 8 to add additional lines/paths

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