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Published on 12.27.05 by Brent Trahan

How To View Image Overlays

This guide will show you how to use Google Earth to view image overlays. In this example I’m going to use hurricane Katrina and Rita image overlays. First of all you need Google Earth to view the image overlays. You can download it by clicking here. Make sure your computer meets the minimum system requirement […]

This guide will show you how to use Google Earth to view image overlays. In this example I’m going to use hurricane Katrina and Rita image overlays.

First of all you need Google Earth to view the image overlays. You can download it by clicking here. Make sure your computer meets the minimum system requirement before installing Google Earth. If your computer doesn’t meet these requirements Google Earth will not work.

Once you downloaded Google Earth you need to download a special file called a KML or KMZ file that lets Google Earth know where to find the image overlays and where to place them. Click here to download a KML file that shows image overlays of aerial photos taken days after hurricane Katrina devastated the gulf coast. You can find more image overlays like this one here.

When you click on the link to load the hurricane Katrina KML file linked above it should automatically start Google Earth and load the KML file. It could take some time for the KML file to load. When it’s finished Google Earth will look something like the screen shot below.

Each of those dots you see is individual aerial photos. Zoom in closer to an area you want to get a better look at. Notice the dots around the Superdome in New Orleans in the screen shot below.

If you double-click one of those dots next to an area you want to see in the aerial photos you’ll get a box similar to the one in the screen shot below.

If you click the [4kx4k] just after “Choose persistent overlay:” it will load the image overlay for that area. The screen shot below shows what it looks like when you load an image overlay.

If you click the [4kx4k] just after “View original image:” it will load that image in either Google Earth’s web browser or your default internet browser. You can right-click and save that image if you like.

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