Why don't you just "make" them?
It is fairly easy. I developed my own photoshop technique back in 1998 and a few years later the same office (and a few others people have moved too) were using it to produce plans.
And it was not rocket science, I am sure it was quite easy to do because my PS technique was rubbish!
oh i see how you are. you "put in effort."
Jeeezz, so that was my problem all along...
I'm interested nonetheless in your process since I end up doing a lot of "from scratch" trees with random brushes, etc.
Get the best Google or Bing (or Apple?) maps aerial view of a forest canopy you can find, open it in Photoshop, and clone stamp it into a simple plan view tree symbol. In lieu of a pilfered forest canopy swatch, you could use a picture of random foliage or something else green(?) and mottled, then scale the texture appropriately. It will take a bit of finesse to make it look decent, but that's basically it.
that is really cool, i should try that!
Do you have a decent sketchup library and a rendering program? Take your best trees and render them in plan view. Quick and easy.
I agree with Wyatt. I prefer using sketchup models for plan and perspective views. The advantage of using 3D trees from sketchup is that you can change the angle for different perspectives of the same tree for a quick collection of entourage.
Hi all the plants on www.xfrog.com have plan view and perspective renders
You can buy individual plant species or libraries. you get also 3d models in any format, which
is perhaps overkill for what you want, but... and OH i nearly forgot, there are tons of free samples on the website here http://xfrog.com/130-free-xfrogplants-now-available/
Very cool Stewart, thanks for the link! Can you use any of these in SketchUp, or just maya, max, etc.?
yes they are 8 different flavors of 3d at that link . SU YES
also each zip has billboard renders of teh plants that you can drag and drop into any plan view render using photoshop!! drag drop scale !!