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Adding a Pond

Realtime Landscaping Architect includes comprehensive support for ponds, waterfalls, and other water features, which are an important part of many modern landscape designs. Once a pond is added to your landscape you can easily modify its shape, alter the water depth, move the entire pond, select a rock border, and choose one of many materials for the pond, such as dirt, rockery, and loose stone. Ponds can be designed from scratch, or pre-build ponds can be added to your design using the Pond Wizard.

When walking through your landscape design in the Realtime Walkthrough mode, and when creating movies, koi fish will automatically be added to every pond that is large enough to contain them. See Realtime Walkthrough for more information.

To add a pond:

1.   Click the Add Pond button that is found near the top of the screen under the Water Features tab.

2.   Draw the outline of the pond by clicking the left mouse button to add points. Press the Backspace key to remove the last point added, and press the Esc key to cancel. If you would like to input the distance and angle manually, place at least one point and then press the Enter key.

3.   To finish drawing the pond, place the last point on top of the first point. Alternately, right-click to place the last point; it will be automatically connected to the first.

The landscape design in the picture below features a pond, waterfall, plants, and other objects.

landscaping pond design

Rock Border

Rock borders are automatically added to ponds, but can be modified as needed or toggled off.

To turn the rock border on or off per-edge:

1.   Click the Edit border button found in the properties to enable rock border editing mode.

2.   Click the edges of your pond where you would like to toggle the rock border on or off.

3.   When finished, click the Edit border button to disable rock border editing mode.

Controlling the Render Order

When overlapping objects, such as ponds, regions, and paths, are added to your landscape design, you can control which ones appear on top. For example, if a pond is added to the back yard of your design, then a large grass region is added to the entire back yard, you could determine that the pond should appear on top of the grass region so that it does not appear as if the pond has a grass floor. See the Working with Overlapping Regions portion of the Adding a Region topic for a more detailed explanation with images.

Customizing the Plan View

Ponds can be given separate materials in the Plan and Perspective views. This is useful if you wish your Plan view to look stylized, but want the Perspective view to look realistic. To allow a separate material to be shown in each view, click the Custom appearance in each view option, found in the properties. Two tabs will appear: Plan and Perspective. These tabs allow you to customize how the pond appears in the corresponding view.

Tips:

      Important: Depending on your local building codes, ponds 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 pond.

      Ponds can be added in either the Plan or Perspective views, but are easiest to add in the Plan view.

      Streams can be added to flow into your pond. For details, see Adding a Stream.

      Fountains and waterfalls can be integrated into your pond design; see Adding a Fountain and Adding a Waterfall for more information.

      Pre-built ponds can be added to your landscape design using the Pond Wizard.

      Landscaping rocks can be added in and around your entire water garden design; see Adding a Rock for details.

      Plants can be added in and around your pond design; see Adding a Plant for details.

      The shape of your pond can be easily edited at any time. For more information, see Editing Points.

      Pond design can be difficult if grid snap is enabled because the points of the pond will snap to the grid intersections as you move them. You can toggle the grid snapping off by pressing Ctrl + G on your keyboard. For more information, see Snap Settings.

      During movie creation and Realtime Walkthroughs, koi fish are automatically placed in ponds that are at least two feet deep. The amount of fish added to your ponds depends on the size of the ponds and the Amount of Wildlife setting, which is found within the Environment Settings dialog.

See also:

Pond Properties
Pond Wizard
Setting Object Properties
Selecting Objects
Selecting Points
Editing Objects
Adding a Stream
Adding a Waterfall
Adding a Fountain
Adding a Rock
Adding a Rock Border
Realtime Walkthrough
Sculpting the Terrain
Saving and Loading Shapes