This guide will show you how to add an overlay using the Picture Import Wizard.


An Overlay object is a picture that is draped over the terrain. For example, you could import a blueprint of your client’s house and trace over the exterior using the House tool. This can help you design more quickly and with a greater degree of accuracy. First, click Tools under the Menu Bar, then click Picture Import Wizard.

Add an overlay to your landscape using the Picture import Wizard

A new dialog box will appear. Click Next to get started.

Get started adding an overlay with the Picture Import Wizard

Next, you will be prompted to select the picture type you wish to import. Make sure Overlay is selected, then click Next.

Select Overlay as the picture type

Select the image you wish to use, and then click Open.

Select the file type you wish to import as the overlay

Click Next if you are happy with your selection. If you wish to select another file, click Select Picture and choose your desired image.

Click Next after you have selected the correct picture file

You will then be prompted to set the destination file name. Make sure the image is saved under your desired file name, then click Next.

Choose a destination file name for your overlay

You have now reached the end of the Picture Import Wizard. If you wish to make any revisions to previous steps, click the Back button. Click Finish to import your picture into your landscape design.

Click Finish to complete the Picture Import Wizard

Left click to place your overlay where desired.

Left click to place your overlay where desired

To size the overlay accurately, click theĀ ResizeĀ using Known Distance button that appears in the Object Properties panel.

Resize your overlay using known distance

Left click at one end of the wall, then stretch the distance of the wall. If you hold down the Shift key while you’re stretching, it will keep the line straight. Left click again, to end the line.

Create a line over the known distance in your overlay

Next, a dialog box will appear to enter the known distance. For this overlay, it is ten feet. Once you have entered the correct distance click Enter.

Enter the known distance in your overlay

Now your overlay is to scale, and you are ready to build your house on top of it.

Your overlay is now scaled to size

Here is the finished product, with a house built on top of the overlay.

You have now completed building a house over an overlay using Realtime Landscaping Architect

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