Picture Import Wizard
Use the Picture Import Wizard to import pictures of plants,
animals, and other objects. The wizard can also be used to import materials such
as brick, stone, and grass.
To get started, first take a picture of your object using a
digital camera. Then transfer the picture to your computer using the software
that came with your camera. Scanned pictures will work as well, as will pictures
downloaded from the Internet.
Next, edit your picture using the Realtime Picture Editor
(included), Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, or any other picture editing program.
(You can also edit your picture after it has been imported using the Realtime
Then use the Picture Import Wizard and import your
To import a picture:
Select Tools > Picture Import Wizard.
Select the type of picture you want to import and click Next.
Select Plant if you are importing a picture of a plant, Picture for a picture of
some other object (such as a chair or planter), Region for a fill region
material, or Retaining Wall to import a material for use on edging and retaining
Navigate to the picture you want to import and click Open.
The picture you have selected will be displayed. To select a different picture,
click the picture and repeat the previous step. Then click Next.
Enter the file name you want to use for your imported picture. Use a name that
you will easily remember, since this name will be used when you later look for
it. When importing a plant, use the common name of the plant. Then click
When importing a plant, you will be asked to enter additional information about
the plant, including its botanical name, mature age/height, and planting zones.
This information is optional. However, we recommend you at least enter the
mature age and height so the software can determine how to grow your plant when
using the Set Plant Growth feature.
Click Next. Then click Finish to finish the wizard.
The wizard will copy your picture to the following
Where user is your
Windows user name, product is the Realtime Landscaping product
you're using, and type is the type of picture you are
A new category, Custom, will appear in the Choose Artwork
dialog after a picture has been imported.
Editing your Pictures using the Realtime Picture
Once you have imported your picture, you can use the
Realtime Picture Editor to remove the background and make other changes. The
Realtime Picture Editor is integrated with Realtime Landscaping Photo and has
many features that make it easy to edit your pictures.
To edit an imported picture using the Realtime Picture
Create an object that uses the picture.
Select the object.
Click the options button to the right of the picture property. When the
drop-down menu appears, select Edit using Picture Editor.
Make the desired changes. Then click Save, followed by Exit and return
to Realtime Landscaping Photo.
See Realtime Picture
Editor for more information on using the picture editing software.
Editing your Pictures using Photoshop or Other
You can also edit your pictures using Photoshop or other
picture editing software.
To edit an imported picture using Photoshop or other
Open and edit the desired picture using Photoshop or other software. Imported
pictures are stored in the following directory:
user is your Windows user name, product is the
Realtime Landscaping product you're using, and type is the picture
When saving the modified picture, be sure to use the Targa (tga) file format
with 32-bits per pixel (alpha channel).
Start and restart Realtime Landscaping Photo. This is necessary because Realtime
Landscaping Photo keeps a copy of the picture in memory and needs to reload the
modified picture. (This happens automatically when using the Realtime Picture
A picture of a cat was imported using the Picture Import
Wizard. The Realtime Picture Editor was then used to remove the background.
wizard will make a copy of your picture. If you change the original, you can
re-import it using this wizard.
you have imported your picture, you can edit it using the Realtime Picture
Editor. For example, you can use the Realtime Picture Editor to remove the
background of a plant. See Editing using the Realtime
Picture Editor for more information.
importing materials for edging and retaining walls (such as stone and brick),
your bitmap should be square and look good then tiled. For best results, tiled
materials should be square and either 256x256 or 512x512 pixels in size.
Adding a Picture
Adding a Plant
Realtime Picture Editor
Model Import Wizard