Importing your Background Picture
The first step to designing your landscape is to take a
picture of your house and property using a digital camera. For best results,
take the picture on a clear day with the sun behind you (to avoid glare). Try to
get as close as possible to the area you want to landscape. If the area is too
big to fit in a single picture, then you can take several pictures and create a
separate landscape design for each.
Once you have your picture, upload it to your computer
using the software that came with your camera. (Scanned pictures will work as
well.) Then use the following steps to import your picture into Realtime
To import a background picture using the Picture Import
1. Start Realtime
2. From the welcome
menu, click Import a new background picture using the wizard. Or, if the
welcome menu is not active, select Tools > Picture Import Wizard. The
following dialog will appear:
3. Click Next.
The following dialog will appear:
Background as the type of picture you want to import (if it is not
already selected) and click Next. You can also import plants and other
objects using the wizard, but you always want to select Background when
importing the picture you want to landscape on top of.
5. A standard Windows
file open dialog will then appear. Navigate to the picture you want to import
and click Open. The following dialog will appear:
you upload pictures from your digital camera, they are often placed in the My
Documents\My Pictures folder (Windows XP), or Documents\user\My
Pictures (Windows Vista).
6. If this is the
picture you want to use, click Next. Otherwise, click Select
Picture and choose another one. The following dialog will appear:
6. Click Set
File Name and enter the file name you want to use for your imported picture,
then click Save. Use a descriptive name to make it easy to find your
picture in the future. Click Next. The following dialog will appear:
7. Click Finish
to import your picture and finish the wizard. The background will change to the
picture you just imported and you can begin designing your landscape.
Important: The wizard
will make a copy of your picture, so if you change the original, then you will
need to re-import it using the wizard.
Changing the Background Picture
Once you have imported a picture, you can choose it without
having to import it again.
You can also edit it using the Realtime Picture Editor. See
Editing the Background Picture for