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Adding a Contour Line

The Contour Line object is used to create free-form lines that represent a fixed height. Using contour lines is an efficient way to control the topography of your landscape design. Both open and closed contour lines are supported.

To add a Contour Line:

1.   Click the Add Contour Line button that is found near the top of the screen under the Terrain tab.

2.   Draw the contour line by clicking the left mouse button to add points. Press the Backspace key to remove the last point added, or press the Esc key to cancel. If you would like to input the distance and angle manually, place at least one point and then press the Enter key.

3.   To finish drawing the contour line, connect the last point to the first point or right-click to place the last point.

The picture below displays a set of contour lines in the Plan view.

landscape design contour line plan

The picture below displays the same set of contour lines in the Perspective view.

landscape design contour line perspective


      You can import contour lines from DWG and DXF files. See CAD Import Wizard for details.

      Contour lines should not overlap. (If they do, a dimple will appear in the terrain.)

      Closed contour lines can be used to quickly create terraces.

      Multiple contour lines can be used in a single landscape design.

      Contour lines can be any shape and size.

See also:

Path Grader Properties
Setting Object Properties
Selecting Objects
Selecting Points
Editing Objects
Adding Slope
Adding a Height Map
Adding a Height Painter
Adding a Height Grid
Adding an Area Grader
CAD Import Wizard