FAQ: Is it possible to use Google Earth images as a basemaps in ArcGIS?
Is it possible to use Google Earth images as a basemaps in ArcGIS?
It is not possible to use a Google Earth image as a basemap using ArcGIS tools, however users may follow the steps provided to use Google Earth images as a basemaps:
1. Take a screenshot of the tile of interest in Google Earth. Note: The Google Earth image can only be used at the scale of the screenshot of the area of interest.
Save the image in the Google Earth application
3. Open ArcMap.
4. From the main toolbar, select Insert > Picture. The saved Google Earth image is imported.
The image does not have spatial information. Hence, users must define the location of the Google Earth image using map coordinates, and set the data frame's coordinate system in ArcMap. This can be achieved by
ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced 10.1, 10.2, 10.2.1, 10.2.2 ArcGIS for Desktop Basic 10.1, 10.2, 10.2.1, 10.2.2 ArcGIS for Desktop Standard 10.1, 10.2, 10.2.1, 10.2.2
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