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GoogleEarth – Make Your Own Maps

You, too, can make your own maps, and get where you need to go, thanks to GoogleEarth. If you are a landmark driver, like me, this will make your day.

A friend gave me a map to her house that blew my mind – it was a GoogleEarth map, with lines and arrows and landmarks – everything I need when I am driving. I could see the roundabouts! I could see the major landmarks! I knew EXACTLY where to turn, which mosque where I would turn right, and which field to drive across.

She said her husband had done it; she didn’t know how. I opened GoogleEarth and figured it out. Now – oh my! I have maps to everywhere! It is so totally cool!

You open Google, find EXACTLY the image you need to use for your map (be sure your major landmarks are in the frame) and you go to File on the toolbar and scroll down to Save – there is an arrow, and you choose Save Image.

You open your drawing program – in my case, Appleworks, but it will work with your drawing program, too.


You paste your map into your drawing program, and then you add your arrows showing the route to take, and you add text identifying the landmarks, and perhaps writing out the directions.

And then you print. It’s that easy. And holy smokes, the maps are totally usable.

June 6, 2007 - Posted by | Community, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Geography / Maps, GoogleEarth, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Photos, Technical Issue, Tools, Travel, Uncategorized


  1. Cool but this is way cooler

    Comment by Q8ari ® | June 6, 2007 | Reply

  2. Q8ari, you are right! That is WAY cooler for printing out. But how do you grab the image to use as a .jpg in a blog from there? And how to you put directions on it? I know my way is bulky, but what if you want to USE the image and modify it before you print it?

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 6, 2007 | Reply

  3. You can do something similar in Google Maps.

    Open up Google Maps and click on the “My Maps” tab, then click on the “Create new map” link.

    You can mark locations, make paths, and make polygons, then share your creation with your friends.

    Here’s an example (made up data points):,48.054543&spn=0.104903,0.205822&t=k&z=13&om=1&msid=103671512424786539310.0000011301de2c4069f8d

    Comment by Earthling | June 6, 2007 | Reply

  4. Oh, WOW, WOW, WOW. I love it! You can even highlight areas! That is truly amazing, and thank you for making it so easy. Thank you very much. I can hardly wait to see you and the bride-elect!

    Readers: that is NOT my house; he is just making things up as examples.

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 7, 2007 | Reply

  5. its 8th wonder

    Comment by vishnu | June 27, 2007 | Reply

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