How to Use Add Location

The Add Location feature in SketchUp helps make adding and managing geo-location imagery and data easy. Here, we'll cover how to import imagery, view terrain, locate your model, and delete imagery in SketchUp for Web.

Importing Map Imagery

To get started, select Add Location from the Shadows panel.

You'll see the Add Location window. If it's your first time using Add Location, you'll see a modal with some basic information about how it all works. Once you're in, use these steps to add geo-location data and import imagery into your model:.

  1. Narrow down your location. Enter an address or location name in the search bar and tap Search. Add Location zooms in on that location . You can adjust the zoom level using Zoom Level controls on the right side of the window.
  2. Choose a map type. Use the toggle or tap on the thumbnail in the Map Type section to choose between a basic street map and a satellite/aerial view.
  3. Select a region. Tapping Select Region opens the Region panel and creates a selector box overlaying the map. Adjust the selector box to set your site boundaries.
  4. Import. After selecting a region, you're ready to go! Click Import in the Region panel. Add Location imports a 2D plan of your map into SketchUp.
Import size limits

Importing large regions of map imagery into SketchUp for iPad can result in slower performance.When selecting a region, if your selection box suddenly disappears that means the region was too large.

Viewing Terrain

Map imagery imported into SketchUp comes with terrain data. Using this terrain data allows you to upgrade your map imagery from 2D to 3D.

Once you've imported your map imagery, open the Tags panel to toggle the visibility of your terrain.

For more information on how you can use 3D data to create other terrain representations, see Sculpting and Fine-Tuning Terrain or Placing Models and Objects on Your Terrain.

Adding More Imagery

After importing map imagery, you can always add more without changing the location you've already established for your SketchUp model. Select Add Location again, select a new region, and import new imagery.

Delete Imagery

Select your imagery and tap ... from the context menu, then tap Unlock. Once unlocked, you can delete the imagery in the same way you would any other geometry in your model.

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