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    I Need Better Landscape Components!!

    Hey everyone, new here, and somewhat new to Revit. I have been using it for a couple years now, but I still don't know much. I have figured out most of what I need to know, and I am now creating renderings for my company to use for marketing, etc. The only issue I have is the components that come with Revit for landscaping (trees, shrubs, grass) look horrible. My house looks great, and then there are all these fake looking trees around it. It is really taking away the effect I want to achieve.

    I have heard that there are component packages you can buy as an add in. Is this true? And if so, how do I go about finding that?

    If that is not an option, does anyone have any ideas about how I can get a better looking landscape?

    Thanks for any help!!

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    Do you have to render in Revit? There's packages out there that you can export your model to, that have awesome landscaping. Check out this thread for some ideas.

    The OOTB stuff in Revit are RPC's from archvision. Yeah, the trees look a little fake, but I don't think they are too bad. You can get a subscription for all their content for a yearly fee. I think it's around 350. Here's a rendering I did with all RPC trees, cars, and people. Not the greatest, but not too shabby either.

    I guess it all depends on the level of detail you are wanting to achieve. Can you post a pic of one of your renderings. We'll be happy to critique it for you.

    OH, and welcome to RFo!
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    Are you using the RPC content? The standard ones aren't the best. You can look through their site at some of what they have and get a subscription for it. The biggest advantage of the RPC stuff is that they are really lightweight and they have a ton of content including people, transportation and planting.

    You can try a site like RevitCity to find stuff - the caveat there is the quality is all over the place. It will take quite a bit of QC to verify everything.

    You can make them yourself. There are a couple classes on AU that cover presentation & rendering. AB4564 - Revit for Presentations Graphics that Pop is a good one. A lot of them have datasets you can look through and reverse engineer.

    The last option is to use another program - 3DStudio, Lumion, Octane, Artlantis etc. Dan beat me to this one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaceyTech View Post
    Hey everyone, new here, and somewhat new to Revit. I have been using it for a couple years now, but I still don't know much. I have figured out most of what I need to know, and I am now creating renderings for my company to use for marketing, etc. The only issue I have is the components that come with Revit for landscaping (trees, shrubs, grass) look horrible. My house looks great, and then there are all these fake looking trees around it. It is really taking away the effect I want to achieve.

    I have heard that there are component packages you can buy as an add in. Is this true? And if so, how do I go about finding that?

    If that is not an option, does anyone have any ideas about how I can get a better looking landscape?

    Thanks for any help!!

    Hi Kacey, first of all welcome to Revit Forum, secondly, regarding your question about content packages, the answer is yes there are a lot of content, you should check this web site https://www.archvision.com/, they are the autodesk officially providers for RPC content, of course this aren't the most realistic landscape things, but as dzatto says "not too shabby", you can achieve a good quality images using it, but if you want a more accurate and professional result you must think to use 3D MAX, hope the info can help you, warm regards.

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    Thanks for the quick response everyone!

    dzatto: I am rendering in Revit because it's what I know. I tried learning 3DsMax but it was just too much of a learning curve for me, and I don't have the proper time to put towards it. Here is a rendering I did.
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    cellophane: I am using the RPC content.And I do use RevitCity, but like you mentioned the quality just isn't up to par on some things.

    Andres: Thanks for the help! I am going to check out ArchVision and see if it will work for my needs.


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    The main problem i find with the default landscape that comes with Revit is that the colors seem to be washed out in most of the images. the way that the images for the trees have been cut out is also an issue for me. the transparency works well if you are 10 ft or more away for the tree. Anything closer and you can see white outlines near the transparent parts.

    If you are familiar with photoshop there are many tutorials available that may be beneficial to compositing an image there.
    Vyonyx offers some good looking cutout trees and people and they also offer a few tutorials.
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    ArchVision makes the RPC content. It does tend to look washed out but all things considered it isn't bad at all.

    For the rendering - I think some additional details would add quite a bit of pizzaz without worrying so much about the plants themselves.

    Adding a mulch bed with some plantings along the foundation and/or the walk will help break the line between your topo and building as well as adding some life and color. Basic flowers like petunias that are easily seen and identified with - you don't need anything crazy or exotic.
    Depress the sidewalk a little. I know in my neighborhood the sidewalks are all a little below the grass. Dropping it down an inch or two will add some depth (no pun intended) to the landscape.
    I know they aren't great to look at but you are going to need downspouts. In terms of "reality" they add quite a bit.

    Overall I think it's a pretty good render and (imo) adding a few detail items would have more effect than the RPC trees.

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    I agree with Chad, your sidewalk would look better if it were below the grass level. Also, I'd use a different grass with a little more bump map so it doesn't look so flat.

    It's hard to tell on my rendering, but I set my curbs up to be 6" (as they should be), but my grass areas are only 4", so I have a 2" reveal.

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    I guess I'm just very picky regarding RPC's. I do agree however regarding the downspouts, grass and little details. I would even go as far as adding some "score" lines in the concrete driveway and sidewalks, After all this is a marketing image. Finally something that seems "off" to me is that in the front porch, the column on the far right goes behind the floor slab, whereas the other two columns go in front.

    Edit: I also agree with Dan's take on grass map and bump, curbs and grass offset

    HTH
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    Thanks JCM, I will keep that in mind!

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