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How to Place Large Quantities of Trees in a Master Plan Instantly with AutoCAD

How to Place Large Quantities of Trees in a Master Plan Instantly with AutoCAD

LAN Tutorial: How to Place Large Quantities of Trees in a Master Plan Instantly with AutoCAD expert Rob Koningen. Placing a tree in a design for a garden is an entirely different task then placing trees in a design for a master plan of a few hectares. For a garden design, you pick the positions carefully; for a master plan, you may just need sheer quantity, roughly placed. And when that deadline is approaching, you may need to place them quickly. In this article, you will learn two ways to place trees — and place them fast.

How to Place Large Quantities of Trees

Sweep Your Mouse

How to Place Large Quantities of Trees in a Master Plan

Image courtesy of Rob Koningen

It is recommended to use blocks for trees. The UrbanLISP Trail command allows you to place blocks with a free hand. Once the command is activated, you need to pick the block you prefer and click a point in the drawing. Then it’s just a matter of sweeping your mouse across the drawing. You will see points appearing behind the mouse. When you click again, the command will pause and wait for you to click again. When you hit enter, the command will end and will place a block on every point it created. You can control the spacing between the trees and the spread of the trees, so you can make a dense forest or an open forest. For every sweep, the blocks will be grouped, so if you’re not entirely satisfied with the position of that swipe, you can easily move them altogether. More AutoCAD Tutorials: 

Pick Points

How to Place Large Quantities of Trees in a Master Plan

Image courtesy of Rob Koningen

If a forest is too dense, you might want to use the UrbanLISP Spray command. With this command, you can place clusters of blocks. Once you’ve picked the block of your preference, you can pick points in your drawing. Every time you click, the command will place a random number of blocks around the point you picked. By default, the command will place two to five blocks, a number that you of course can change. Also using the Spray command, you can determine the spread and spacing between the blocks and select an entire cluster as they are grouped together by default. You may not place trees with these commands in a garden design, but you could use them for other elements, such as rocks, stepping stones, or flowers. It all comes done to adding a lot of detail to your drawing instantly. After all, the more detail, the richer the drawing. The tools are here — how you use them is up to you! Watch the full Tutorial here: (1:40)


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Article and video tutorial by Rob Koningen You can see more of Rob’s work at UrbanLISP Return to Homepage

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