5.1 Insert a plant

(Download the Bamboo_Park_Tutorial_5.1.3dm file in order to start the tutorial from this chapter.)

1. Insert plants individually

Fig. 1. Plant insert dialog.

Fig. 1. Plant insert dialog.

  1. Run the _laPlant command laPlant. The Plant insert dialog will open. (Fig. 1)
  2. This dialog displays the plant parameters. The Species combo displays the plants species used in the document. Click on the Browse button to load a new plant species. The Plant database dialog will appear.
  3. In the top left side of the dialog we can choose the groups of plants to display. Select the All option from the combo list.
  4. Look for the plant species Ginkgo biloba using the Search field. The plant list below will show the results that match with the search. Select it and click OK button to get back to the Insert dialog.
  5. Choose the plant insert parameters: Approximate height: 15m.
  6. Select the Render's tab and enable the button Ignore the global season. Then choose the "Autumn" season from the list. This plant species has a specific 3D realistic representation assigned to the Autumn season. That means that later on the plant will be rendered using the corresponding 3D representation according to the season chosen. Click the OK button to close the dialog.
  7. Fig. 2. Gingko biloba plants

    Fig. 2. Gingko biloba plants

  8. From the Perspetive viewport click on the points to insert this plant species, as shown in Fig. 2.
  9. Hit Enter or do right click to end the command.


2. Insert plants in Paint mode

Fig. 3. Inserting plants in Paint mode.

Fig. 3. Inserting plants in Paint mode.

The next plant species to insert will be teh Arbutus unedo. But we will do it in the Paint mode.

  1. Run the _laPlantPaint command laPlantPaint. The Plant insert dialog will open.
  2. Select the Arbutus unedo plant species from the Plant database, as indicated before.
  3. Set its Approximate height to 7m, and from the Render's tab, select also Autumn as the season to render the plants.
  4. Do left-click in the model (Fig.3) to start inserting the plants. An individual plant will be created over the are where we hover the cursor. Do left-click again to stop inserting plants.
  5. In this moment we can select the Erase option in the command line to start deleting plants in the same way we were inserting them.
  6. The command will end when we do right click.

Notice that the plants parameters can be changed from the Edit Panel while inserting them in the model. The Natural variation option enables a random height variation to plant species that are being inserted.


3. Edit the plants

Select the Plant species to edit from the top-left list of the Lands Edit panel.

Fig. 4. Select the Plant species to edit from the top-left list of the Lands Edit panel.

Once the plant has been created select it to edit its parameters from the Lands Edit Panel laEditPanel. There we can change its Caliber, Presentation mode or its age (and therefore its dimensions on the drawing).

From the Render's tab, we can edit the details regarding the season to render this plant species.

4. Change the plant species representation

Each plant species has different 2D and 3D representation blocks according to the plant database. These representation can be changed for all plants of the same species in the model. Let's change the 2D crown of the Ginkgo biloba:

  1. Select the Ginkgo biloba species from the species list, at the top left side of the Lands Edit Panel laEditPanel. All the plant units of the same species in the model will be selected. (Fig. 4)
  2. Click on the Change... button under the 2D drawing symbol. The block explorer will open. Fig. 5.
  3. Fig. 5. Block explorer with the plant crowns

    Fig. 5. Block explorer with the plant crowns

  4. Select any other 2D drawing representation for the plant crown. Click OK to close the dialog and apply changes.