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    Landscape Plans in Revit

    I usually use RPC's for renderings, but they only show up as cross hairs in plan view. Is there any way to get a landscape plan that looks like the attached (I know I can't do water colors though) in revit? I'm sure there has to be some tree / shrub families out there that have a plan view representation.
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    You can put detail components in the RPC's.

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    I was thinking of doing that. Just wasn't sure it was the way to go. So could I create a simple detail component (a circle) and have it colored? I haven't messed with creating DC's from scratch too much.

    Dumb question: What family template do I start with?
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    You guys think this is revit? If so, where can I find those trees??
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    I doubt that is Revit. If it is, those trees are either photoshopped in, or are Autocad imports in a family. They're casting shadows, so they aren't detail components. And they aren't rpc, since the cardboard cut outs cast cardboard shadows. Lol.

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    Try creating a quick site in Revit with a toposurface, a few spit-regions with paving material, drop in a few RPC trees/shrubs.

    Then create a camera view looking straight down from about 100-200 feet above grade. You may need to adjust the sun settings for shadows, etc.

    Then render the view. It will look very similar to the last example.
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    Hi,

    I'm not sure if it's Revit - it does look more like photoshop.
    But it can be done in Revit if you're only after a rendered plan view.
    You'll need to create an Generic model adaptive family, change it's category into planting.
    Create a cylinder, then delete top or base so you are left with with a surface. Add offset, radius & material parameters.
    Then create and apply materials for each tree with a tree image in the Generic image properties and the mask image in the Cutouts properties. (Don't forget to change the Repeat to None)

    It will look exactly as your plan.

    You need to start with a generic model adaptive template, otherwise you won't be able to create a single surface and the material will be rendered on both sides of a cylinder.
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    Never thought of using a camera for that Cliff. That may just work.

    Interesting approach Maciej. I'll have to look into that a little deeper.

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    That's definitely Photoshop - cut-outs with transparent backgrounds and drop shadow for blending options. If I need to do NPRs in either plan or perspective / elevation I almost always do post-processing in Photoshop. I feel like Photoshop gives me better control over how I want it to look (when dealing with a lot of landscape items).

    Side note - whatever happened to Autodesk Illustrator? That program would sub out your Revit content for sketchy content if I remember correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliff collins View Post
    Try creating a quick site in Revit with a toposurface, a few spit-regions with paving material, drop in a few RPC trees/shrubs.

    Then create a camera view looking straight down from about 100-200 feet above grade. You may need to adjust the sun settings for shadows, etc.

    Then render the view. It will look very similar to the last example.
    I've done this ... works pretty good.

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