This guide will show you how to add a Google Maps image as an overlay using the Google Maps Import Wizard in Realtime Landscaping Plus.

 

Begin by clicking Tools under the Menu Bar and click Google Maps Import Wizard.

Click to start the Google Maps Import Wizard

A dialog box will appear as seen in the image below. Click Next to start the wizard.

Welcome to the Google Maps Import Wizard

You will be prompted to start Google Maps to locate the map address. Click Start Google Maps.

Click the Start Google Maps button

Input the desired address in the space provided and click Search.

Use Google Maps to search for your address

To zoom in and out, hold down the Control key while rotating the Middle mouse button. Alternatively, you can use the + and buttons found in the lower right corner of the screen. Once you have a clear view of your property, click Specify Region.

Using Google Maps click the Specify Region button

Left click to move the points and outline the border of your property. To insert a new point, Left click and drag one of the light gray points seen in the image below. You will see how we have added additional points to define the curves in the lower corners. Once you are satisfied with the outline, click Import.

Move the points on Google Maps to create the outline

For the next step, you will be asked to set the destination file name. Click Set File Name, save the imported map under your desired file name and click Next.

Save the file name desired for your map

You are now at the final step of the wizard. To make any revisions to previous steps, click the Back button. Once you are happy with the selections, click Finish to import the map image into your landscape design.

Click Finish to import your Google Maps image

You can edit the transparency and dimensions of the image using the following options:

Edit the dimensions of your Google Maps Import

You can also rotate the compass to have your property face a specific direction.

You can rotate the compass

You now have a template to build your landscape design on as seen in the image below.

House template placed over Google Maps image

Thank you for reading this guide, and please feel free to contact us for more information about our user-friendly landscaping software.