• In SketchUp, you need an Internet connection to access three important features: Add Location 3D Warehouse Extension Warehouse If you’re having trouble connecting to these features or an error message appears, the subarticles in this section point you to solutions that may fix the problem.

  • Previewing a SketchUp model in Google Earth is great way to see how your model looks in the context of its surroundings. You start the process in SketchUp, where you optimize the model for viewing in Google Earth. Because Google Earth and SketchUp models can both use a lot of your graphics card’s processing power, your model needs to be as light as possible. When your model is ready, you can preview your model in Google Earth directly from SketchUp. All it takes is a single click!

  • With SketchUp’s Shadows feature, you can make your model cast a basic shadow or see how the sun casts shadows on or around a geolocated model. When you’re casting real-world shadows, SketchUp’s calculations are based on the following:

  • If your model is geolocated with the Add Location feature and you want to display it in Google Earth, you may need to take a few extra steps. Here’s a quick overview of the tips and tricks that help your model looks its best in Google Earth:

  • Does the terrain that you want to model exist somewhere outside your imagination and in digital form? Hurrah! You can just import it! Well, sort of. Also, after you import terrain, you usually need to edit it. At minimum, you likely need to clean up the imported data by reducing the number of faces to improve your model’s performance, tracing contour lines, or a few other tasks covered in Editing and Fine-Tuning Terrain. But for now, enough of the sour details.