View Full Version : Lightwave 3D for landscape visualization?

12-10-2003, 03:38 AM
I'm a garden designer and 3D software ignoramus. I'm currently researching ways of creating 3D visualizations of my 2D plans for clients. This would involve creating scenes featuring hard as well as soft landscaping, and I would need a database of plants, shrubs and trees. The rendered image would have to be an accurate reprentation of the 2D plan in terms of scale and proportion. Could anyone recommend the best software for this? Do I need a CAD package as well as a 3D package or would I be able to create the whole thing in a programme like Lightwave. I use a Mac. Any advice would be great.

12-10-2003, 09:11 AM
but for the plants, Xfrog may be of some use..

12-24-2003, 03:45 AM
Lightwave could cetainly do it, but you might want to check out the dedicated landscape software: Vue d'Esprit, World Construction Set, WorldBuilder and so on.

12-24-2003, 12:10 PM
I would also suggest the abovementioned products. I especially like worldBuilder's output. Check out their gallery.


As far as I understand, you would still need some other 3d product to create non-plant and non-landscape objects.

Lightwave does not come with any standard tools for plant modeling etc and you would need something like xfrog http://www.xfrogdownloads.com/greenwebNew/index.htm


Trees & bolts: http://www.dynamic-realities.com
There are likely other plant plugins for lightwave.

Check out all the products/prices and see what would work best for you.