This video shows you how to make a 3D map of almost any location in the world in less than 10 minutes. And you don't even need any 3D program for it - just Photoshop, Google Maps and the 3D Map Generator terrain.
0:00 - example map Lienz ( commented ) 7:06 - example map Le Leona 11:58 - example map Simi Valley 15:42 - example map Temphe
Important: Copy the map view URL, not the satelite URL! __ Note: Google Maps has changed the "3D off" feature. Now turn off globe, above the traffic setting to get a 2D satellite map (texture). --- Note: All suggested heightmap services are not part of the 3D Map Generator – Terrain. They are just options for getting a grayscale heightmap. There is no guarantee of availability or functionality. ---