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Adding a Slope

Both simple and complex grading can be added using the Slope object. A simple slope is essentially a ramp, and is added by defining a start point, direction, and an end point. After the slope has been added, the rise and run can be adjusted to determine the grade. If needed, the slope can be moved and rotated after it is created.

To add a simple slope:

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

2.   Click an area of your landscape design to place the starting point of the slope.

3.   Click another area of your landscape design to place the ending point of the slope.

The picture below illustrates a simple slope that was added to an empty landscape.

landscape design slope

Complex curved slopes are also supported in Realtime Landscaping Architect. Points can be inserted and moved to change the shape of the slope as needed. Additionally, the rise and run can be adjusted for each point on the slope.

To make a complex slope:

1.   Add a simple slope to your landscape design as described above.

2.   Click the slope to select it.

3.   Click the Edit Points button, found in the Properties, to enable point editing mode.

4.   Add additional points as needed for more control over the slope’s shape. See Inserting and Deleting Points for details.

5.   Click a point to select it, and then move the point and adjust its rise and run as needed.

6.   When finished, click the Edit Points button again to disable point editing mode.

The picture below illustrates a complex slope that was added to an empty landscape design.

landscape design curved slope

The picture below shows a landscape that uses a complex slope to form its topography.


      Like all terrain sculpting objects, slopes are constrained to the lot size. To change the lot size, see Page Setup.

      When you are finished creating your slope, it is usually helpful to lock it in order to avoid accidentally selecting or moving it. For details, see Showing and Hiding Objects.

See also:

Slope Properties
Setting Object Properties
Selecting Objects
Selecting Points
Editing Objects
Adding Height Grid
Adding a Height Map
Adding a Height Painter