Professional Landscape Design Software
Realtime Landscaping Photo


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New Landscape Design Software

Realtime Landscaping Photo makes it easy to design your landscape using a photo of your property. Design a garden, add a new yard, plant trees and shrubs, and much more with this powerful new landscaping software.

The full version of Realtime Landscaping Photo is included with all versions of our landscape design software.  Compare

Developed by Idea Spectrum, this software is the perfect tool for homeowners and professional landscape designers. No CAD or 3D experience is required.

Step 1- Take a Picture of your Landscape

First, use a digital camera to take a picture of your landscape and transfer it to your computer. (Scanned photographs will also work.)

Step 2 - Import your picture using the Wizard

Next, use the wizard to import your picture. If needed, touch up the picture using the integrated picture editing software.

Step 3 - Design your Landscape - It's Easy & Fun!

Design your landscape using Realtime Landscaping Photo's powerful tools. Plan your garden. Design a raised flower bed and surround it with edging. Plant trees, shrubs, flowers, and hedges. Add barbecues, hot tubs, lawn furniture, landscape lights, and much more.

High Resolution Plants - A Surprising Difference

If you've used other landscape design software, you may have been disappointed in the quality of the plants. Many look okay in screen shots (where the resolution is low), but appear blocky when magnified or printed. This happens when the plants use a low resolution (256 pixels wide/tall) with only 256 colors per plant, which is required to run on older Windows 95/98 era computers.

Realtime Landscaping Photo includes over 3200 high-resolution pictures of real plants. Our plants are up to 1024 pixels wide/tall with 16 million colors per plant, and were developed exclusively for use in our software. Windows 8, 7, Vista, or XP is required - older computers are simply not powerful enough to handle this much data.

The quality difference is surprising, especially when creating full-screen presentations or printing to a laser printer.

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Sample Landscape Design
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Plant viewed at a distance
The same plant after zooming in

Over 3200 Plants in our Landscape Design SoftwarePlants for Every Climate

Common landscaping plants from all over the world are included -- over 3200 in all. Types include annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, tropical, cactus, and water garden. Plant information includes common name, botanical name, and planting zone.

Hardiness zone maps are included for the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, Europe, Australia, and Mexico.

Using the wizard, you can import pictures of plants and other objects that you take using a digital camera or download from the Internet.

Realtime Picture Editor
Advanced landscape design using the Clone Tool

Integrated Picture Editor

A powerful picture editor is included so you can touch-up photos, edit imported pictures, and even create custom plant varieties.

Use the Clone tool to remove unwanted elements from your pictures. The advanced masking tools help you remove the background from plants and other imported pictures. Adjust the color and brightness of any picture.

The editor is integrated, so you can edit your pictures with just a few mouse clicks.

Visualize Future Plant Growth

The Plant Growth tool helps predict what your landscape will look like in the future: anywhere from three months to more than 20 years. This is a great way to determine spacing and other size considerations when designing your landscape.

Predict plant growth in your landscape designs

Accessories and More

Over 1200 landscaping accessories are included. Decorate your landscape designs with pots and planters, statuary, rockery, lawn furniture, and much more.

If you've other photo-based landscape design software, you probably noticed how difficult it is to use pictures of lawn furniture and other objects on top of your photos. This happens because the perspective of the object does not match the perspective of your background picture.

The solution? Realtime Landscaping Photo uses true 3D models for objects such as edging, retaining walls, fencing, and lawn furniture. A unique perspective-matching feature helps the objects blend seamlessly into the landscape design.

New! You can now import models in the SketchUp file format. Expand your library of 3D accessories by downloading free models from the Google 3D Warehouse. You can even download a free copy of SketchUp for designing your own custom models.

Landscape Lighting DesignLandscape Lighting Design

Add landscape lights and view your design at night. A wide variety is included, such as traditional garden lights, spotlights, and Japanese lanterns.

You can switch between day and night viewing with one mouse click. You can control how light or dark your landscape is at night, the direction of the sun/moon, and whether or not objects cast shadows.

Project Material List

Create a bill of materials using the Project Material List feature. Set item descriptions and prices, print a shopping list, or export the results to Microsoft Excel. Determine what you’ll need to purchase in order to build the landscape you’ve designed, and estimate how much it will cost.

Free Technical Support

Free email and toll-free technical support is provided to all users. The Realtime Landscaping Photo software comes with a printed Quick Start guide and comprehensive online help. Have a question about a feature? Simply press F1. More.

View the complete user's guide online.