Adding a Stream
Whether your property slopes or not, a stream can be an
attractive addition to any landscape. In Realtime Landscaping Architect, a
stream is basically a path of water. A waterfall or fountain is usually placed
at one end, and the other end is usually placed at the edge of a pond. During a
realtime walkthrough, water will flow realistically from the fountain or
waterfall, down the stream, and into the pond.
To add a stream:
1. Click Add
2. Change the Width
property to the desired width.
3. Draw the stream's
centerline by clicking to add points. Press Backspace to remove the last
point. Press Esc to cancel.
Note: It doesn't matter which direction you
draw the stream – Realtime Landscaping Architect will automatically determine
the direction of water flow.
4. Right-click at the
last point when finished.
Changing the Shape
Once a stream has been added, it can be easily changed.
This includes moving points, adding & deleting points, lengthening or
shortening, and so forth. See Editing Points
for more information.
Adding a Fountain or Waterfall
Water will only flow down the stream if fed by a fountain
or waterfall. In the following example, a waterfall flows into a stream, which
in turn flows into a pond. While a slope is used in this example, the water will
also flow if the ground is flat.
Streams come with built-in support for rock borders. A rock
border is added to the entire stream by default.
To turn the rock border on or off per-edge:
1. Click Edit
border to enter rock border editing mode.
2. Click the edge(s)
where you want to turn the rock border on or off.
3. When done, click
Edit border again to toggle it off and leave rock border editing
Controlling the Render Order
When working with overlapping streams, ponds, regions,
and/or paths that use different materials, you can control which ones are drawn
first. See Adding a Region for details.
Customizing the Plan View
Streams can use a unique fill material in the plan view.
This is useful, for example, when you want the plan view to have a hand-drawn
look. To do this, check the Custom appearance in each view option. Two
tabs will appear: Plan and Perspective. These allow you to customize how the
stream appears in each view. Uncheck the option if you want the stream to use
the same material in both views. You can change this option at any time.
Important: Depending on your local building codes, streams
deeper than a certain depth may require a fence or have other restrictions for
safety purposes. Please check your local building codes before building a real
Streams are very similar to Ponds. See Adding a
Pond for more information.
Adding a stream is easiest in the plan
Adding a Pond for information on how to add a
Adding a Fountain and Adding a Waterfall for details on how to add a
fountain and/or waterfall.
you want to add a stream using exact dimensions, make sure grid snap is enabled
and that the desired grid size is set. Otherwise, when adding a more
organically shaped stream, you'll probably want to disable grid snap. See Snap Settings for more information.
add landscaping rocks in and around your stream, see Adding a Rock.
Changing the length of the stream is easy – you just add or delete
points. See Inserting & Deleting
Points for more information.
add plants in and around your stream, see Adding a
Unlike ponds, fish are not added to streams.
Setting Object Properties
Adding a Pond
Adding a Waterfall
Adding a Fountain
Adding a Rock
Adding a Rock Border
Saving and Loading