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Plant Symbols

A wide selection of professionally drawn plant symbols is included in Realtime Landscaping Architect. Symbols of many color themes and styles are available to aid you in creating visually appealing landscape plans that will impress your clients. The variety of the plant symbols is further extended by the ability to adjust the color and brightness of each symbol.

To change a plant’s symbol:

1.   Click a plant in your landscape design that you want to modify to select it.

2.   Ensure that the Custom appearance in each view property is checked.

3.   Click the Symbol tab.

4.   Ensure that the Use default symbol property is not checked.

5.   Click the picture that displays the current plant symbol.

6.   Select the symbol you would like to use and click the OK button.

To change the symbol’s color and brightness:

1.   Click a plant in your landscape design that you want to modify to select it.

2.   Ensure that the Custom appearance in each view property is checked.

3.   Click the Symbol tab.

4.   Ensure that the Use default symbol property is not checked.

5.   Click the small button that appears just to the right of the symbol picture and click the Edit Color and Brightness option as shown below.
landscaping plant editing

6.   Edit the contrast, saturation, tint, and brightness as needed, and then click the OK button. For more information, see Editing Color and Brightness.

In the picture below, the plant symbols in this landscape design were adjusted using the steps above.

landscape symbols

Creating Custom Plant Symbols

The procedure above shows you how to make changes to the color and brightness of a plant symbol, and the procedure below explains how to save your color changes as a custom symbol for use in later designs.

To create a custom plant symbol:

1.   Click the Plan tab to switch to the Plan view.

2.   Click the Add Symbol button found near the top of the screen under the Plan Detail tab.

3.   Click the image of the default symbol that appears to the right of the screen, and then select the symbol you would like to use.

4.   Click on your design where you want to temporarily place the symbol.

5.   Click the small button that appears just to the right of the symbol picture and click the Edit Color and Brightness option as shown below.

plant symbols

6.   Edit the contrast, saturation, tint, and brightness as needed, and then click the OK button. For more information, see Editing Color and Brightness.

7.   Click Tools and Symbol Creation Wizard. Follow the wizard’s instructions for creating a plant symbol. For details, see Symbol Creation Wizard.

New symbols are added to a special Custom category shown in the picture below.

add professionally drawn plant symbols to your landscape plans

Creating Custom Symbols using Shapes

If you would like to create a symbol using shapes, then you can use one of the provided symbol shapes as a starting point. To access these shapes, click File, Open Sample, and select Plant Symbol Shapes.rla. Select a symbol that you want to edit and delete the rest. Once you have finished your custom symbol, select all pieces of the symbol at once and click Tools and Symbol Creation Wizard to save your symbol to the library.

The picture below shows the available symbol shapes that can be used to create your own variations.

landscape symbols variety

See also:

Adding a Plant

Plant Properties