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Stream Properties

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

Material

Description

Material

The Material property determines the material that lines the bottom of the stream. To change the material, click the small image that displays the current material.

Material options

The appearance of the stream 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 stream material.

Angle

The Angle property determines the rotation angle of the stream 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 stream 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 stream 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 stream material will have increased detail when viewed up close.

 

Options

Description

Depth

The Depth property determines how deep the stream is at its center. To change the stream depth, move the Depth slider or type a value in the text box.

Important: Depending on your local building codes, streams 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 stream.

Depth taper

The Depth taper property determines how steep the stream sides are. To change the stream depth taper, move the Depth taper slider or type a value in the text box.

Water level

The Water level property determines the percentage of the stream that is filled with water. To change the water level, move the Water level slider or type a value in the text box.

Flow rate

Determines how fast the water flows during a Realtime Walkthrough.

Reverse flow direction

Click this button to reverse the water flow direction.

Edit Flow Path

Click the Edit Flow Path button to enable or disable flow path editing mode. This will allow you to modify the path which controls the water flow direction.

Edit points

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

Shape options

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

 

Rock Border

Description

Add Rock Border

The Add Rock Border property determines whether or not the stream is outlined with a string of 3D rocks. To toggle the rock border, click the Add Rock Border checkbox.

Rock material

The Rock Material property determines the material of the rock border. To change the material, click the small image that displays the current rock material. Note that the rock material will be disabled unless the Add Rock Border property is enabled.

Material options

The appearance of the rocks 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 rock material.

Angle

The Angle property determines the rotation angle of the rock 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 rock 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 rock 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 rock material will have increased detail when viewed up close.

Smoother rocks

The Smoother Rocks property determines whether the stream’s rock border uses smooth or rough rocks. To toggle the rock type, click the Smoother rocks checkbox. Note that the Smoother rocks property will be disabled unless the Add Rock Border property is enabled.

Rock size

The Rock size property determines the approximate size of each rock in the stream’s rock border. To change the rock size, move the Rock size slider or enter a value in the text field. Note that the Rock size property will be disabled unless the Add Rock Border property is enabled.

Edit border

Click the Edit border button to enable or disable rock border editing mode, which will allow you to modify the stream’s rock border per edge. When rock border editing mode is enabled, click the edges of your stream that you wish to toggle in order to turn the rock border on or off at those edges. Note that the Edit border property will be disabled unless the Add Rock Border property is enabled.

 

Information

Description

Area

The Area property displays the total size of the stream in square feet or meters.

Perimeter

The Perimeter property displays the total distance around a stream in feet or meters.

See also:

Adding a Stream
Setting Object Properties
Selecting Objects
Selecting Points
Editing Objects