Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2015

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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16 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Hand graphics and digital rendering techniques are two kinds of representation methods for design communication in landscape architecture. Each of these rendering techniques has unique features. Hand graphics represent a graphic signature of a landscape architect's style, and also enhance vivid textures for different construction materials like wood, stone and glass. The two biggest advantages of digital renderings are professionalism and convenience. Currently, digital rendering techniques are of great importance for landscape architecture firms to convey the design ideas to clients. Thanks to the reality of computer imagery techniques, the clients without design backgrounds can have a direct-view of the ideas represented by designers. How to combine these two design communication methods and develop a personal style in design representation is valuable for landscape architects to explore. As a landscape architecture student, I am interested in taking advantage of these two representation methods and synthesizing their features to explore creative visual effects for idea expression and exploration. This article walks through the steps of combining hand graphics and digital rendering techniques to create a perspective view of my waterfront space design to give clients an overview of the project after construction. Here are the steps I took to generate a composite analog/digital graphic, using hand graphics, Photoshop and photo realistic images from Real World Imagery. Image Preparation 1. Take a photo of the space (Fig. 1) as the appropriate background for the perspective. 2. In Photoshop, crop out the exact space needed, reduce the saturation and increase the brightness of the background buildings in order to create a sense of space as well as to contrast with the landscape elements that will be placed in the foreground (Fig. 2). Preparing Hand Graphics The next step is preparing the design with markers and color pencils. The design incorporates a wooden boardwalk along the channel bank. This is an opportunity to represent the boardwalk by hand, as a color pencil is a creative tool for representing the texture of wood. Another reason of using hand rendering for the major t e c h n o l o g y Combining Rendering Techniques Above Take a photo of the space as the appropriate background for the perspective. Inset In Photoshop, crop out the exact space needed, reduce the saturation and increase the brightness of the background buildings to create a sense of space and contrast the landscape elements that will be placed in the foreground. (Continued on page 18) Fig. 1 Fig. 2

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