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Placing Color Rendered Plants

To learn how to colorize plant symbols, Shrub Areas, and groundcovers using our Color Render tool, see our Color Render article.



For information on printing/plotting your color-rendered plants, see our Plotting a Colorized Drawing page.

Placing Color Rendered Plants

After you've assigned a form and color to each of the plants placed in your pdrawing, click the OK button in the Plant Colorization dialog box. Note that it may take several minutes to download the colorized symbols and replace them.




Before colorization




colour render

After colorization



View Transparency

The viewing of the colorized plants requires a couple of CAD features for correct viewing. These symbols are created with transparencies. Therefore, you'll need to click the TPY (Transparency) button on the bottom AutoCAD menu to view the plants correctly.


Adjusting Plant Shadows

The plant shadows will be turned on automatically, but you may need to reset their orientation. Open our Plant Shadows tool, and set the angle of the shadows.



Open Plant Shadows:



F/X Planting ribbon, Plant Shadows flyout





Planting toolbar

F/X Planting menu, Plant Shadows option




Plant Render toolbar




or type PlantShadows in the Command line




The Plant Shadows dialog box will open. Type an angle for your plant shadows in the Angle of shadows field.



The default angle is 135 degrees.



Close the dialog box to apply the new angle.

Adjusting the “Draw Order”

AutoCAD's Draw Order feature allows certain objects to appear above or below other objects. When our software performs the colorization process, it tries to determine this draw order automatically, so trees appear to be on top of shrubs, etc. However, you may need to review the Draw Order that took place and make manual adjustments as necessary.



Here's an example of a drawing that needs adjustment of draw order. The circled tree appears below the adjacent shrubs, and needs to be moved to the “front.”





Highlight as many of these plants as you want.




Then go to the AutoCAD Tools menu and select Draw Order.




Select Bring to Front from the submenu that opens.




The trees will now appear on top of the shrubs.





Review all your plant symbols and bring them either to the Front or Back (on the same menu) as required.

Save the Drawing

You should now save this colorized drawing with a different name from that of the planting plan, thus retaining the original.


Issue: "Bad Argument Type" error when turning Color Render off


Issue: Problems with tree transparency – can't see through or below the trees


Issue: Unable to see hatches or colorized plants in a 3D model (AutoCAD or Civil 3D)

Last modified on Monday, 30 December 2019 08:04

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