Picture Import Wizard

The Picture Import Wizard is used to import photographs of plants, animals, and other objects. Photographs of materials such as grass, mulch, and brick can also be imported.

To begin, download a picture online or take a picture using your phone or digital camera. If you use a phone or digital camera, be sure to transfer the image from the camera to the computer before attempting to import the image.

If necessary, edit the image using the included Realtime Picture Editor application or any other photo editing program, such as Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, or GIMP.

Follow the steps below to import a picture into Realtime Landscaping.

To import a picture:

1.   From the Tools menu, click Picture Import Wizard.

2.   Click Next.

3.   Select the type of picture you would like to import and click Next. Select Region for general-purpose materials such as bricks, grass, and mulch.

4.   Select the picture you would like to import and click Open.

5.   A preview of your picture will appear. Click Next.

6.   Click the Set File Name button to enter a different name for your picture, or just click Next if you want to use the original name. If you are importing a plant, the file name becomes the plant’s common name.

7.   If you are importing a plant, the following dialog will appear. Enter the desired information for your plant and then click Next. This information is optional, but we recommend entering accurate age and height information since this determines the plant's growth characteristics in your designs.

8.   Click Next, and then click Finish to complete the wizard.

The wizard will copy your picture to the following directory:

\Users\user\Documents\Realtime Landscaping version\Custom Data\type\Custom\

Where user is your Windows user name, version is the software version, and type is the type of picture you are importing (such as Plant or Region).

Important: Please make sure to follow any license requirements set by the author of the picture.


    When you import a picture, a copy of the picture is made and stored in a separate location. This means that if you delete the original picture, your designs will not be affected. However, if you make changes to the original picture, then you will need to run the Picture Import Wizard again.

    Once a picture has been imported, it can be edited using the Realtime Picture Editor. For example, the Picture Editor could be used to remove the background from a plant. For details, see Editing using the Realtime Picture Editor.

    When importing materials, such as pavers, color washes, bricks, grass, or mulch, the picture should be square if possible and cover an area of 3x3' (0.91x0.91 m). For best results, we recommend using a resolution of 256x256 for small images, 512x512 for medium-size images, 1024x1024 for large images, or 2048x2048 for extra large images (such as trees).

See also:

Adding a Picture
Realtime Picture Editor
Model Import Wizard