Landscape Special Interest Group September 2018 (am)


In this session, we covered how to create the 2D and 3D parts of a plant object and discussed how Vectorworks 2019 allows you to import data from your plant supplier and attach that information to your created plant objects.

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  • 00:10    We opened a blank file and made a 2D plant shape using a couple of different methods. The simplest way is to use the Circle tool. You could also use the Freehand tool, especially if you’re tracing over a plant picture that you’ve imported into Vectorworks. We downloaded a picture of an Agapanthus and dragged it in. We traced the image freehand as the 2D image and then used the Create Plant Style From Selection command to turn that image into a plant object. In the Plant Style dialogue box, we went through the basics to turn our 2D sketch into a plant object. Next, we created an image prop, including adding a mask to it. To make it into a plant object, don’t forget to check the Create Symbol box. At this point, we went back into the Plant Style dialogue box to make a copy from the 3D symbol—this ties the 3D symbol of the image prop to our 2D plant object, giving our plant 2D and 3D looks. Our Agapanthus was floating up in space, so we cropped some of the blank space from the image border in a photo editor. Creating a new symbol from our trimmed image, we went dropped the elevation of the plant’s 3D component—no more hovering! In our image editor, we created a separate mask for an image of “Fred.” In Vectorworks, we compared the image props, one using a Vectorworks mask and the other a mask made on the image editor. We finished by making Fred partially see-through. Using this kind of image will make your landscapes look populated without having the people dominate your landscape. To review, we went back through how to attach the 3D symbol of the image prop to the 2D image of the plant object.
  • 34:46     Vectorworks 2019 has the ability for you to import data from your plant supplier and to attach that information to the plant objects that you’ve created. Under Schedule in the Plant Style dialogue box, we clicked the Get Plant Data button and then scrolled down through the menu of various catalogs that are already available. You could add your supplier’s catalog to that list!

Landscape September 2018 am

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