26 Nov

3D Modeling Tool for Landscape Designers

Today, I came across Google SketchUp, a free 3D modeling tool for architects, landscape designers and gardeners. Google SketchUp is quite simple to use and does not require specialized training as you need for major CAD based 3D modeling software. SketchUp is a handy tool for converting your creative ideas into virtual reality. It allows you to design interesting landscapes in a 3D environment quickly and intuitively – thus you can create, revise, improve and experiment with landscape designs in a paperless environment. That means, you save a lot of time, effort and of course, paper that comes from tress.

With Google SketchUp, you can also ‘preview’ your landscape design and imagine how it would actually look before making actual changes to your landscape or purchasing plants for your landscape garden.

The basic version of Google SketchUp is free and provides a reasonable set of functionalities. You can also purchased Google SketchUp Pro for advance options. For details, see http://sketchup.google.com.

Here are a few examples of landscape designs made using Google SketchUp.

home landscape design

By Susan Schlenger - landscape-design-advice.com

house landscape trees

By Stuart Mayhew - www.landesign.com.au

ideas for landscape design

By Stuart Mayhew - www.landesign.com.au

landscape design example

By Trent Biltoft - www.pentastudio-ny.com

landscape design example

By Trent Biltoft - www.pentastudio-ny.com

landscape idea

By Stuart Mayhew - www.landesign.com.au

residential landscapes

By Stuart Mayhew - www.landesign.com.au

See more examples in Google SketchUp Gallery.

3 thoughts on “3D Modeling Tool for Landscape Designers

  1. Google SketchUp is a great tool for visualising your designs however if you want to take them one step further, why not try rendering them with Shaderlight. Simple o learn and easy to use, Shaderlight lets you turn your SketchUp model in to a photorealistic image that will wow your clients.

    For more information or to download for free visit http://www.shaderlight.com,

  2. Hi. ! Nice pics and agree that Google Sketchup is great tool for visualising design projects. But how about moving and making everything in vivid 3D models ?:) Look I have found more Landscape examples and I think that from sites like these, from Flickr you just can get some new ideas for inspiration. I like 3D modeling and I do it with Blender in my leisure time 🙂 so when I need some inspiration I just watched other works and try to just get up little things from their work and try to change it to make it original work.

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