A Tool to make life easier for site presentation

by - August 19, 2018

Unless you have a drone, your best bet for site photos would be satellite ones. For the longest time whenever I'm editing satellite photos for site analysis presentations, I usually take screenshots from google maps and edit on Photoshop. If the project scale was small enough, it can capture a decent amount of pixels, while avoiding the google maps icons, since then I've searched the inter-web on how I can capture a higher pixel of a much larger scale. 

I've had to sift through numerous downloadable applications and chrome plugins before I finally was able to come up with a strategy that (so far) is easy and functional. Gone are the times of having to stitch up individual screenshots of google satellite photos and piece them up on Photoshop.

So let's begin.

I found this particular website that provides you the option of creating customized maps to which you could edit colors, and other map components such as landscapes, waters-capes etc. You can also switch to satellite mode and zoom to enhance for details to which you can set up the window dimension size so you can capture your entire site. All of which is  accessible online.


The basic layout of the map is the same what you would see on google maps and google earth

You can customize the color scheme and the visibility of map elements, and come up with a very intricate or simple design.

This is an example of a clear copy of the satellite photo retrieved from the website.

Along with this I use a chrome plug-in, Fireshot, which enables you to capture not only the visible parts of the web-page, but it's entirety (basically the end-to-end of your scroll bars). 

As I'm looking at the about page of the website, the creator actually endorses Fireshot application as well. I didn't know that. 

I encourage you to visit the site and play around with it because there's only so much I could describe, experience wise on a write-up. Hopefully I provided new insight.

If you have other tools you have up your sleeve and other helpful tricks in architecture presentation, I would love to exchange some. 

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