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QGIS: Installing Google Maps Plugin

Jay -

To manually georeference an aerial map in QGIS, you'll need a target dataset to reference against. This is where OpenLayers comes in handy. 

1. In QGIS, go to Plugins > Manage and Install Plugins.


2. Search for OpenLayers in the search bar of the new dialogue window. Select InstallOpenLayersPlugin.png

3. Go to Web > OpenLayers plugin > Google Maps > Google Satellite. You should now see the familiar google maps world view on the main window (If not, navigate to the Layers Panel, and check the checkbox to add it).


4. To make the reference projection match your Maps Made Easy GeoTiff, click the EPSG3857.png in the bottom right corner of the window. (your’s may have a different number to begin with).

5a. Search WGS 84 / Pseudo Mercator in the search bar of the new "Project Properties" window. 

5b. Make sure "Enable 'on the fly' CRS transformation" is check marked. Otherwise, you won't be able to project your aerial maps accurately. Hit OK.


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    John Boone

    OpenLayers plugin is not compatible with QGIS 3.0, apparently.

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    Kim DC

    Or 3.14... or any others i've tried.

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    Kim DC

    Despite being last edited "Elizabeth - Today"

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    The date stamp at the top does not show the last time it was edited. It shows the date of the last activity in the thread which was updated to 'Today' when you made your first post. Before that it was likely April 07, 2018 22:31 which is the date of the previous post.

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