Professional Landscape Design Software
Realtime Landscaping Pro Landscape Design Software

Previous  Next 

Retaining Wall Properties

The properties used to modify a Retaining Wall are located to the right of the screen when your Retaining Wall is selected. These Retaining Wall properties can either be adjusted right before adding the wall to your landscape or after is has been added. Below is a description of each available Retaining Wall property in the order that they appear in the software:

Cap Material

Description

Material

The Material property determines what type of surface the retaining wall cap will use. To change the material, click the small image that displays the current material.

Material options

The appearance of the retaining wall cap can be modified by clicking the small button that appears to the right of the material image.

Size

The Size property determines the scale of the retaining wall cap material. For example, if the cap has a brick material, then the Size slider will adjust the size of each brick.

Angle

The Angle property determines the rotation angle of the retaining wall material.  To change the material angle, move the Angle slider or type a value in the text field.

Offset X

The Offset X property determines the retaining wall material’s left and right orientation. To shift the material left or right, move the Offset X slider or enter a value in the text field.

Offset Y

The Offset Y property determines the retaining wall material’s forward and backward orientation. To shift the material forward or backward, move the Offset Y slider or enter a value in the text field.

Shininess

The Shininess property determines how glossy the material will appear. To change the appearance of the material, click the Shininess drop-down menu and select from the following options: Default, Off, Low, Medium, or High. The shininess property only affects the appearance of the material while in the 3D view.

Enable enhanced surface detail

The Enable enhanced surface detail property determines whether or not the retaining wall material will have increased detail when viewed up close.

Type

The Type property determines the shape and style of the retaining wall cap. To change the shape of the cap, click the Type drop-down menu and select Bullnose, Seamless, Flat, rough cut, or None.

Height

The Height property determines how tall the retaining wall cap is. To enlarge or decrease the cap’s size, move the Height slider or type a value in the text field.

Overhang

The Overhang property determines how far the retaining wall cap extends from the retaining wall. To adjust the cap extension, move the Overhang slider or type a value in the text field.

 

Wall Material

Description

Wall material

The Wall Material property determines what type of surface the retaining wall will use. To change the material, click the small image that displays the current material.

Wall material options

The appearance of the retaining wall can be modified by clicking the small button that appears to the right of the material image.

Size

The Size property determines the scale of the wall material. For example, if the wall has a brick material, then the Size slider will adjust the size of each brick.

Angle

The Angle property determines the rotation angle of the wall material.  To change the material angle, move the Angle slider or type a value in the text field.

Offset X

The Offset X property determines the wall material’s left and right orientation. To shift the material left or right, move the Offset X slider or enter a value in the text field.

Offset Y

The Offset Y property determines the wall material’s forward and backward orientation. To shift the material forward or backward, move the Offset Y slider or enter a value in the text field.

Shininess

The Shininess property determines how glossy the material will appear. To change the appearance of the material, click the Shininess drop-down menu and select from the following options: Default, Off, Low, Medium, or High. The shininess property only affects the appearance of the material while in the 3D view.

Enable enhanced surface detail

The Enable enhanced surface detail property determines whether or not the wall material will have increased detail when viewed up close.

 

Options

Description

Elevation

The Elevation property determines the distance of the retaining wall from the ground. To change the elevation, move the Elevation slider or type a value in the text field.

Width

The Width property determines how thick the retaining wall is. To change the retaining wall width, move the Width slider or enter a value in the text field.

Closed

The Closed property determines whether the retaining wall’s shape is open or closed. To change the state of the retaining wall’s shape, click the Closed checkbox to toggle it.

Switch sides

The Switch sides property determines on which side of the defining line the retaining wall is created. To change the placement of the retaining wall, click the Switch sides checkbox.

Stepped

The Stepped property determines if the retaining wall top will be stepped or curved. When Stepped is enabled, the height of each segment can be controlled by editing the height at the adjacent point. When Stepped is disabled, the wall height will curve smoothly between the points.

Auto wall height

The Auto wall height property determines whether the retaining wall’s height is automatically set to match the surrounding terrain. To toggle the automatic height of the retaining wall, click the Auto wall height checkbox.

 

If the Stepped property is enabled, the Auto wall height checkbox will not be accessible.

Edit points

Click the Edit points button to enable or disable point editing mode, which will allow you to modify the retaining wall’s shape. See Editing Points for details.

Shape options

Click the Shape Options button to save the shape of the retaining wall, or to load an existing shape. For more details, see Saving and Loading Shapes.

Height

The Height property determines how tall the retaining wall is. To adjust the retaining wall’s height, move the Height slider or type a value in the text field.

 

Cut Terrain

Description

Cut terrain

When the Cut terrain option is checked, the Retaining Wall will cut off the terrain to one side of the wall, effectively leveling the terrain on that side.

Reverse cut direction

When the Cut terrain option is checked, the Reverse cut direction option can be used to switch the direction of the Retaining Wall’s cut.

Cut distance

Adjusts how far the terrain is cut relative to the Retaining Wall outline.

Edit Cut Angles

Toggles Cut Angle editing mode. When enabled, you can change the cut angles at the start and end points by dragging the blue handles.

 

Information

Description

Length

The Length property displays the total distance, in feet or meters, from the start of the retaining wall to the finish.

See also:

Adding a Retaining Wall
Setting Object Properties
Selecting Objects
Editing Points
Editing Objects