Adding a Pond
Ponds and other water features are an important part of
many modern landscape designs. In Realtime Landscaping Pro, you can build ponds
of any size and shape. Once a pond is built, you can easily change its shape,
increase or decrease the water depth, or move it to another location of the
property. You can choose from a wide variety of fill materials, including rocks,
stone, and dirt. You can design ponds from scratch, or add a pre-built pond
using the Pond Wizard as a starting point for your
During realtime walkthroughs and when creating movies, fish
will automatically be added to ponds that are large enough to hold them. See Realtime Walkthrough for details.
To add a pond:
1. Click Add
2. Draw the pond's
outline by clicking to add points. Press Backspace to remove the last
point. Press Esc to cancel.
3. When finished, click
the starting point to close the outline. Or, right-click to automatically join
the last point to the first.
The following is a landscape design featuring a pond,
waterfall, plants, and other objects.
Ponds come with built-in support for rock borders. A rock
border is added to the entire pond by default.
To turn the rock border on or off per-edge:
1. Click Edit
border to enter rock border editing mode.
2. Click the edge(s)
where you want to turn the rock border on or off.
3. When done, click
Edit border again to toggle it off and leave rock border editing
Controlling the Render Order
When working with overlapping ponds, regions, and/or paths
that use different materials, you can control which ones are drawn first. See Adding a Region for details.
Important: Depending on your local building codes, ponds
deeper than a certain depth may require a fence or have other restrictions for
safety purposes. Please check your local building codes before building a real
Adding a pond is easiest in the top-down
Adding a Stream for information on how to add a
stream that flows into your pond.
Adding a Fountain and Adding a Waterfall for details on how to add
fountains and waterfalls to your pond.
Pond Wizard for information on how to add a
pre-built pond using the pond wizard.
add landscaping rocks in and around your pond, see Adding a Rock.
add plants in and around your pond, see Adding a
can easily edit the shape of your pond, as well as add or delete points. See Editing Points for more information.
you want to add a pond using exact dimensions, make sure grid snap is enabled
and that the desired grid size is set. Otherwise, when adding a more
organically shaped pond, you'll probably want to disable grid snap. See Snap Settings for more information.
During a realtime walkthrough, fish are automatically added to the pond
if it has a depth of at least 2'. The number of fish depends on the Amount of
Wildlife setting. See Program Settings for
more information. Fish only appear during realtime walkthroughs. See Realtime Walkthrough for
Setting Object Properties
Adding a Stream
Adding a Waterfall
Adding a Fountain
Adding a Rock
Adding a Rock Border
Sculpting the Terrain
Saving and Loading