I just started using QGIS and I used Google Earth to export images as KML ground overlays. I then bring the KML into QGIS, then georeference the raster. I tried using de CRS 6370. However, the image imported into QGIS ends up all distorted. What can I do to make it look like in Google Earth? That's how the image in QGIS looks like

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    You have done something wrong with the georeferencing but you do not explain clear enough what you did so it is hard to help you. – user30184 Oct 29 '17 at 8:08
  • I added six points in the georeferencing that I had added in Google Earth. – Mijal Montelongo Oct 30 '17 at 0:08
  • In transformation type I clicked on Polynomial 2 – Mijal Montelongo Oct 30 '17 at 1:45
  • Still not enough details. Could you add the table of ground control points and the gdal_translate and gdalwarp commands that QGIS generates for you. – user30184 Oct 30 '17 at 5:23

I had this experience, and it stopped being a problem when I switched my Qgis projects over to use EPSG:3857 as the CRS.

KML files can only have by default one particular CRS which can't be changed. It is baked into the KML spec. Unless you use a compatible CRS in your Qgis project and layers you will run into problems like this with importing KML into Qgis.

  • The only valid CRS for KML is WGS84, EPSG:4326. Have a look at the current specification for more info: developers.google.com/kml/documentation/kmlreference – Frank Oct 29 '17 at 8:52
  • There's numerous other comments on this site about using EPSG:3857 with KML files. Google Maps uses EPSG:3857. When I used EPSG:4326 with my projects I had the same problem reported by the OP. – enzedrailmaps Oct 29 '17 at 21:52
  • I already tried with EPSG:3857 but the image is still distorted. – Mijal Montelongo Oct 29 '17 at 23:48

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