Importing Pictures from Realtime Landscaping Pro or Realtime Landscaping
Using Realtime Landscaping Pro or Realtime Landscaping
Architect, you can create pictures of 3D scenes and use them with Realtime
Landscaping Photo. This is a powerful feature that allows you to add custom
swimming pools, water gardens, decking, and more to your photo-based landscape
To do this, use Realtime Landscaping Pro/Architect to
create a landscape design that just includes the custom objects you want to
create a picture of. You then start a realtime walkthrough, position the camera,
and take a screen shot using the Targa (TGA) file format. This is a special file
format that includes an alpha channel, which describes the transparency in the
picture. Realtime Landscaping Pro/Architect will set the alpha channel to white
(opaque) where any objects are visible, and black (fully transparent) everywhere
else, such as over the ground and sky.
You can then import the picture into Realtime Landscaping
Photo and use it like any other picture.
To create a picture using Realtime Landscaping Pro or
Realtime Landscaping Architect:
1. Using Realtime
Landscaping Pro/Architect, create a landscape design that only includes the
objects you want in the picture.
2. Start a realtime
3. Position the camera
so the objects are centered in the view and fill the view as much as possible
without going past the edge. Adjust the camera so the viewpoint approximately
matches the viewpoint of the background picture you want to use in Realtime
4. Press F5 to
take a screen shot. When asked for the destination file name, change the file
type to TGA. Enter the desired file name and click Save.
5. Save your landscape
design and close Realtime Landscaping Pro/Architect. Then start Realtime
6. Use the Picture Import Wizard to import the picture
you saved in step 4. When asked for the type of picture you want to import,
7. Add a Picture
object. The picture you imported will appear in the Custom category of the art
browser, and will be available for all of your landscape designs.
See the Realtime Landscaping Pro or Realtime Landscaping
Architect's user's guide for more information.
In the following landscape design, the swimming pool was
created in Realtime Landscaping Pro and imported into Realtime Landscaping Photo
using the above steps.