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Google Earth Outreach Tutorial:
Building Better Balloons

Instructions: Wide Photo template Make a Copy of the Balloon Template

Click each of the two placemarks in your starter KML. The sample placemark contains sample text and images, and the template placemark contains placeholders for you to customize.

Before customizing the template, make a copy to work on, and maintain the original to use again:

Under Temporary Places in the Places panel, right-click the template placemark. Select Copy from the context menu.
Right-click My Places in the Places panel.
Select Paste from the context menu.
A copy of template appears under My Places. Customize Your Balloon

Add your own text and images to the placemark:

Right-click the new template placemark, and select Properties from the context menu.
A highlight flashes on the placemark's icon on the map, and the Edit Placemark dialog appears. In the name field, enter a new name for this placemark.

The Description tab contains the HTML for the placemark. In the comment section at the top, each placeholder appears (all caps in curly braces, such as {LOGO_URL}) followed by its description. Don't worry, this comment section won't appear in the actual balloon. In the HTML section below the comments, find and replace each of the placeholders with your own text or links to images. Be sure to replace the entire placeholder, including the curly braces.
Move the placemark to the desired location by dragging the highlighted icon on the map, or simply edit the Latitude and Longitude fields. Click OK. Quick Tip: If you prefer to edit the template with an HTML editor, such as Dreamweaver or NVU (free and open source), copy the HTML from the Description tab to the editor, edit the placeholders as described in step 3 above, and then paste the edited HTML code back into the Description tab. Create More Custom Placemarks

Since parts of the description will be the same for all your placemarks (like the logo), to create another placemark, simply copy and paste your new custom placemark, and repeat the steps above.

Lost Your BalloonStyle?

These KML templates use BalloonStyle to remove the driving direction links (To Here - From Here) from the balloon and to specify the background color. Unfortunately, you cannot alter the BalloonStyle from within Google Earth. You must edit the KML directly.

If you create a new placemark, instead of copying the template described above, and paste in the required HTML, you'll lose the connection to the BalloonStyle. So be sure to use the template, or learn about editing BalloonStyle on from the tutorials on the Outreach Website.


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