Intermediate Tip – After you have placed plants, you can count them. Vectorworks comes with pre-made plant schedules that will count all the plants in the design. You can access these from the Tool > Reports > Choose Schedule… command and place them anywhere in the drawing.
Intermediate Tip – As well as the default classes for your plants, you can also create your own classes to control parts of the plants. In this image, you can see several other classes that deal with plants but are not the default classes. I use these classes to control the visibility of my plants, allowing me to create concept drawings and construction drawings from the same plant by changing the class settings in the viewpoints. This saves me a lot of time redrawing plans.
Many of the plant objects that come standard with Vectorworks have a class structure already. You could call this the default class structure for plants. Generally the outline of the plant is on a specific class (Plants-Component-Outline) the color fill is on a specific class (Plants-Component-Color Fill) and the line work is on a specific class (Plants-Component-Interior Linework). Having parts of the plant on different classes allows you to choose which parts you want to be visible in the various viewports.
Plant shadows can be individual to each plant, or can be connected to the document preferences. If you connect the plant shadows to the document preferences, it allows you to control all of the plant shadows on the entire document from one dialog box. If you create your plant shadows with a black color and a 50% opacity, the plant shadows appear to be gray and see-through.
When you place a group of plants you have a choice to turn on Mass Planting. If you activate the mass planting option, Vectorworks will group your plants together removing all of the lines with the plants overlap. In the image you can see two groups of identical plants. The left group of plants has Mass Planting activated, the group of plants on the right has Mass Planting deactivated. You can see the difference between the two groups of plants – one just shows a large shape, the other shows individual plants and it shows them overlapping.
In this session we looked at the graphic representation of plants, focusing on the 3D visual aspects. We looked at the strategies for the graphic representation, creating image props, using the Existing Tree too to create the required 3D geometry, the VBVisual Plant, how to find more plants online, creating your own 3D object for a box hedge, and the Foliage Displacement Map Texture form the VSS web site.
In this session we looked at the changes to the Planting Tool in the last few new versions of Vectorworks, we compared the benefits of the Landscape Area Tool to using the Plant tool, we looked at creating a planting area around an existing tree, uses for the Existing Tree Tool and Site Modelling / Site Modifiers / Reshape Tool / Labels.
Vectorworks is very powerful when it come to reporting and scheduling, but before you can use these concepts, you have to understand what they mean.
There are now several files with Vectorworks image props from my friends at OzBreed. OzBreed specialise in improved varieties that are tougher, more uniform and often need less maintanence and water, striving to provide better plants for landscape professionals and home owners alike.
Creating a New Plant – You will want to create new plants, and when you do, you will want to use the plant data from the plant lists you have learned to create. I find that the easiest way to create a plant is to duplicate an existing one.
This session carried on the project with the 3 buildings on the site. In this session we looked at site modeling, hardscapes and roading. We also looked at the Landmark workspace to see if there are tools that would suit architects.
Introduction to Planting – Planting in Vectorworks is very important for designers and landscapers. But not every object in Vectorworks is a plant, only specific objects can be thought of as plants. A plant is the combination of 2D graphics 3D graphics and data. These are combined together to create what Vectorworks calls a plant.
Creating a Plant List – A plant list is a list of the plants you want to use. When you create a plant in Vectorworks you have to type in the plant information. Instead of typing in all the plant data, you can use the plant list to store all the plant data. When you make a plant you can easily add the plant information from a plant list.
Adding a Plant to the Plant Database – It’s reasonably easy to add a plant to the database, all you need is the information.
Finding a Plant – The Plant Database is designed to store thousands of plants, but how do you find the ones you want?
Finding Duplicate Plants – After importing, you might have duplicate records. You can reduce the chance of duplicates when you import data by choosing the Update records in found set option, but you might still get a few duplicates.
Importing a Plant Database – You might have an old version of the plant database that you have already added information to. This old databasse can be imported into the new plant database.
Plant Database – When you install Vectorworks, the installer will place the default version of the Vectorworks Plant Database in the application folder and in your User Folder.
Plant Graphics – If you do not like the look of the plants, you can edit the plant graphics to make the plants look like your drawing style.