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Old 12-23-2013, 08:30 AM   #41
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Hey dapjwy, have you found a free program, yanno for designing yard plants and stuff?
I've never looked for one for my yard specifically but I've found a good one for designing your garden if that helps....
I use this one yearly Sites-Gardeners-Site
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Old 12-23-2013, 11:40 AM   #42
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pawprint tks for the suggestion havalotta

Ya like that, Sites-Gardeners-Site garden planner, a kind of 'design' program with various items you can arrange & place...only it would be kind of nice if I could change the borders, round them, trees & shrubs, buildings, & roads, utilities, elevation changes would be nice...stuff like that, thanks havalotta.

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Old 12-23-2013, 12:41 PM   #43
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Bristol board is heavy and durable and doesn't smudge when erasing.
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Old 12-23-2013, 01:37 PM   #44
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I go the hand drawn route with each and every plant I add or remove in my yard. Each bed has it's own map.

What I'd like to know is....What type or pad of paper holds up best to repetitive erasing and additions when I change things?
I've tried many kinds of paper and have found those that when erasing are too thin, smear the pencil charcoal around, ball up and remove actual layers from it's surface, and those that wrinkle WAY too easy when it's damp outdoors.

I'm looking for paper to draw upon not much larger than the size of a book so It can be set into one of the clear protective sleeves and brought out to the beds when I alter and tweak things.
I think I've seen a map or two of one of your beds...I doubt I'll ever go that deep--especially with so much land--and more natural areas (not flower beds), but I do want to do a kind of landscape design around the house as a guide for future plantings.

As for paper, maybe someone who is more actively using the art background will have a better suggestion, but all I can think of for now is tracing paper (a good quality tracing paper)--of course you will have to put a white sheet behind it for it to show up well.
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Old 12-23-2013, 01:39 PM   #45
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...it would be kind of nice if I could change the borders, round them, trees & shrubs, buildings, & roads, utilities, elevation changes would be nice...stuff like that...
I may never do it, but that is what I have in mind as well--especially the elevation changes. Great minds think alike.
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Bristol board is heavy and durable and doesn't smudge when erasing.
Thanks, linrose.

I am not even sure if I remember what Bristol board is...I remember using something called "cold press" board (or something like that).
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Old 12-23-2013, 03:44 PM   #47
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Bristol board is heavy and durable and doesn't smudge when erasing.
Thanks Linrose I'm not familiar with that but I'll be on the look out for it and the cold pressed as Dapjwy suggests.

Cold pressed mentions it has some texture to it for illustrations and watercolor
The more slick one I had tried (that smeared the erasures) must have been what's called the "Hot pressed"
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Old 12-26-2013, 03:18 PM   #48
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Thanks Linrose I'm not familiar with that but I'll be on the look out for it and the cold pressed as Dapjwy suggests.

Cold pressed mentions it has some texture to it for illustrations and watercolor
The more slick one I had tried (that smeared the erasures) must have been what's called the "Hot pressed"
I don't guarantee that cold press will work...I just remember using it when I went to school for art.

I think tracing paper should hold up to erasing just due to its texture...and, you could always use it for an overlay...or several overlays to show what is growing underneath a tree canopy or something--yay, I just gave myself an idea!
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pawprint free, for only 8 hrs LOL

SketchUp for Landscape Architecture | SketchUp

I just happened upon this 3D program, it is $590 for the pro version, BUT they do have '8 hours' for a free demo, yanno if anyone is interested in something like that. I haven't tried to download it yet, because it is probably a huge download file.


Oh I found a free version only 43mb file download, I am going to give a try: http://google-sketchup.en.softonic.com/

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Old 01-04-2014, 11:59 AM   #50
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Thanks, ww.

When I saw 8 hours free, I immediately looked at when you posted this--then, it occurred to me that it is 8 hours from when you download the demo...right?

I'm not really ready to use it today, but if I had to I would...but I was just being daft, I think.
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