Are your animated shrubs looking a little tired? Has your digital flora dried up? Are you looking to remedy perennial render problems? Look no further: we've found a solution that will truly make your renders bloom. With the help of a botanist, OneCommunity, an open source software website, has released a list of the most realistic plants optimized for SketchUp. The archive includes everything from palm trees to an array of water and bog plants, bamboo shoots, and tropical evergreen trees. The best part? It's free.
It's time to breathe new life into your wilted renders. Find out how to make yours blossom after the break!
Anyone who has worked in the world of rendering knows that good plants are hard to find. Just like render people, plants have to be the perfect combination of understated and appropriate, without stealing focus from the project in question. With architects in mind, the team at OneCommunity (including a resident botanist) gathered 500 plant files from SketchUp's 3D Warehouse and weeded out the bad to create a list of the most realistic and effective plants for renders. Armed with a career's worth of environmental knowledge, the botanist then created lists of close relatives for the best few dozen plant files. A Chestnut tree, for instance, can easily replace a maple.
In addition to links to download the files, the site offers a thorough instructional video on how to import the plants seamlessly into SketchUp. Fortunately, the site offers trees from a wide spectrum of climates and locations to best accommodate projects with challenging topography and climates. The files come a variety of 2D and 3D options - particularly useful for architects working on animations and large scale landscapes.