Finding the aerial view of your hometown

A. Using Google Earth, find an aerial view of your hometown. If you do not want to do this project using your hometown area, you can select another location. Please remember that Dr. Ludwig must approve your image before you begin to work on it.

B. Find an aerial view of your hometown entering the address or zip code of your community. Be patient! The program should "fly" to this location.

B. Next you need to ZOOM in on the area you wish to map. To do this, just click on the navigation tools in the upper right of your screen. Practice moving north, south east and west. Zoom in and out. Familiarize yourself with the tools available.

C. Make sure the image you select is oriented with NORTH at the top of your map. Also make sure that your image is perfectly 'vertical'. Use the Navigation tools in Google Earth (located on the upper right of your image) to orient your image correctly.

D. Once you have the image you would like to use, you need to have it approved by Dr. Ludwig. The best plan is to bring up the image on your screen and let her look at it. If that is not possible, you can save and email a copy of the image to her for approval.

Step 2: Downloading your image to your computer (or other storage device).

A. Once your image is approved, you should save your image(file-->save--> save image). Before you do this you need to TURN OFF EVERYTHING (look at the menus under VIEW and make sure everything is unchecked.) You want to save a clean image with nothing on it. (no legend, no grid, no nothing!).

B. After you have saved this "clean" image, go to the top menu bar under view and click on grid and legend. A lat/long grid should appear over your image and a legend will be placed in the SW edge of the map. Again SAVE this image--but make sure you give it a different name (such as imageGRID). If you have not moved the navigation tools, you should have two perfectly aligned images.

C. Open Adobe Photoshop. Import your google image by going to File-->Open and navigating to the location where you saved your images. Open the image WITHOUT the grid. This will become your "background" for your project.

D. Add a LAYER to your image by clicking the "add layer" icon on the layer window. If you can't find the layer window hit F7 and it should appear. Name this layer GRID.

E. Click on the layer called GRID. Basically just click on it in the layer box to make sure it is selected.
Go to File--> PLACE. Then navigate to the location where you saved the imageGRID file. Select it. This will place the second image on the layer called grid. If there is a big white X on the image, just click on it and the X should disappear. You now should have both the clean image and the image with the grid put into photoshop.

B. Save your downloaded image to either Bengal, the SPAM server or a USB storage device.


This will become your base image for this project. I recommend saving this base image as downloaded. Then open Adobe Photoshop and save it again as a Photoshop (psd) file. You will work with the psd file--keeping your original incase you want to start over with the original file.

I also recommend that you always begin with a "new" file each time you work on the project. For example, if you work on the image called Home.psd for an hour and then quit for the day...the next time you begin to work, save the file as Home10-9.psd. The next day when you begin working, first save it as Home10-11.psd. The numbers in this file name represent the date you worked on it. If you have a problem and want to start over, you then can go back to the previous day's work and begin again. If you save all your work to one file only..and want to go back--you have to start all over again. this is not something you want to do!