Imaging TIPS 
from DJSquireDesigns.com (and Diane At Depiction)
Imaging TIPS Issue #1 - Walkway Options - Thursday, October 20th, 2011
Imaging TIPs
This Week's TIPS:   How to create images that show off both mature and immature plants... And... paver, decorative concrete, and acid stain walkway options...
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Greetings!

By way of introduction, "Imaging TIPS" is a new way to help contractors get the most out of their Depiction Software Hardscape and Decorative Concrete Imaging Software by focusing on weekly highlights and extra imaging "tips and tricks" you might not know you could do with your software.

Besides, it's a great way to see various projects, and the associated Before Photos and After "Images" each week!

We're also taking this opportunity to introduce DJSquireDesigns.com (a sister company to Depiction Software) and mentioning our new Digital Renderings, Computer Imaging & Design Ideas Service for contractors, designers, and homeowners. 

If you're overwhelmed with projects (wouldn't that be great!) or have a complex imaging job that just baffles you, consider getting our help so those hot potential customers choose you!
 
Please feel free to contact me with further questions.

Thanks!
~ Diane

Diane J Squire
DJSquire Designs
805-640-5575
and still diane@depictionsoftware.com 
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PAVER WALKWAY... MATURE... AND IMMATURE PLANTS TIPS...

IMAGING CHALLENGE... 

 
Potential customer doesn't know how to make the front walkway "pop."  
  
Should they have some plants installed?  Reuse their existing tired old pavers?  Purchase new pavers?  What colors look best with their house? 
 
What's it going to look like before the plants mature?

Paver Walkway - Before Photo 

 

BEFORE PHOTO / Pretty darned sad, eh?

IMAGING SOLUTIONS... 

 

DEFINE A NEW PAVER SURFACE, ADD SOLDIER COURSE, AND BE SURE TO ADD LANDSCAPING!

Even if they don't ask for, or need landscaping, add it anyway.  

 

Show off a "pretty" picture (for the lady of the house).  It doesn't have to be botanically or seasonally correct (unless you're a landscape designer). 
 
When you create an image of beauty, you'll be more likely to inspire customers to choose you for their installation.

Paver Walkway - After Image 1

  

AFTER IMAGE / with PAVERS / and MATURE PLANTS 

Much better. 

Hardscape Imaging Software Menu Bar  

Shadow Tool 

SHADOW Tool

  

TIP:  The key trick that makes the plant materials look more realisitic -- with a sense of dimensionality -- is using your "Shadow" tool. 

 

First... place, size, move and edit all plants into place, then... last thing... click on each plant individually and "Shadow" it.  (It all goes faster than you think.)

 

Shadow TIPs

  

EXTRA SHADOW NOTES...

 

Once you create a plant or object shadow it can be clicked on independently and moved around so you can place it better according to the sun's angle in the actual photo.

 

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE "SHADOW" TOOL...

 

CLICK HERE... TO WATCH A TRAINING MOVIE

 

(Or watch it from within your Hardscape or Deco-Con Imaging software located under 

Training --> All Movies --> Look under "Tools" Section and click on "Create Shadows" )

SHOWING IMMATURE (JUST INSTALLED) PLANT MATERIALS...

Paver Walkway - After Image 1a Starter Plants

  

AFTER IMAGE / with PAVERS / and IMMATURE PLANTS

 

Hardscape Imaging Software Menu Bar

  

Erase Tool 

 

ERASE Tool

 

  

TIP: Always, always, create the mature plants scene first... and get everything in place.

 

Then, when completely finished (except for creating your shadows), use your size box to make some plants smaller and, in many cases, you'll "Erase" much of the plants away.

 

Don't forget to shadow your baby plants to finish off the scene.

 

Erase TIPs

  

EXTRA ERASE NOTES...

 

To make a plant smaller, size it down -- in place -- first (using the sizing bars that show up once you've clicked on a plant to make it your "active" object), and see how that looks.  If you need extra "trimming" to make it look different or even cut back more, then use your Erase Tool.

 

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE "ERASE" TOOL...

 

CLICK HERE... TO WATCH A TRAINING MOVIE

 

(Or watch it from within your Hardscape or Deco-Con Imaging software located under 

Training --> All Movies --> Look under "Object" Section and click on "Erase" )

SHOWING MORE OPTIONS... VARIATIONS ON A PAVER WALKWAY THEME...

Paver Walkway - After Image 2

  

AFTER IMAGE / with NEW PAVER COLOR / and MATURE PLANTS again

 

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PaverWalkway-B4.lnd  

Menu Bar: File --> Save As...

 

TIP:  When you create a new image with different pavers -- while keeping the existing mature plants in place -- go ahead and save the earlier file as a new .lnd file.

 

In other words, rather than use one file and make multiple paver changes (copying .jpgs as you define new pavers on the surface), instead, save a new file for each paver change.

 

EXAMPLE:  Image Naming Convention...

 

PaverWalkway-B4.lnd

PaverWalkway-A1-MaturePlants-GrayPaver.lnd

PaverWalkway-A2-ImaturePlants-GrayPaver.lnd

PaverWalkway-A3-MaturePlants-TerraCottaPaver.lnd

 

Or use the customer's last name, the street where they live, etc.  Anything with a "B4" lable is always the untouched B4 Photo (maybe resized so the image width is between 1064 and 1500 dpi.)  Always create the first "A1" image and that is the one you start the project on.

 

FINALLY...

 

Obviously, with the first finished "After" image, you'll want to complete adding all your plants and shadows and any objects, then that's the "final" image you'll re-save and re-name.

 

All you have to do then is swap out the pavers and the soldier course in each subsequent image to show different paver or decorative concrete options.

 

Once your ".lnd" files are completed.  You can go back to each one and create a .jpg file to email your customer or display on your website. 

 

CONFUSED?  GOT QUESTIONS?

 

You can always call Diane at 805-640-5575 or email me at either: diane@djsquiredesigns.com or diane@depictionsoftware.com 

 

DECORATIVE CONCRETE AND ACID STAIN OPTIONS FOR THE WALKWAY...

Most the time, you want to take care to not overwhelm potential customers with too many choices or you'll take a chance on delaying their, "Let's do it now!" decision. 

 

TIP:  Try to stick to 3 or 4 options at most.

Deco-Con Walkway - After Image 1

  

AFTER IMAGE / with DECORATIVE CONCRETE / Choice 1

Deco-Con Acid Stain Walkway - After Image 2

  

AFTER IMAGE / with ACID STAIN and DESIGNS / Choice 2

Deco-Con Walkway - After Image 3

  

AFTER IMAGE / with DECORATIVE CONCRETE / Choice 3

Deco-Con Walkway - After Image 4

  

AFTER IMAGE / with DECORATIVE CONCRETE / Choice 4

DON'T FORGET... LOOK FOR THE UP-SELL POTENTIAL

 

Although this kind of job is small, you have the potential to "up-sell" the customer to larger projects and create the ongoing job that, "Keeps on giving!"  

 

Be sure to take multiple pictures of all areas -- front, sides, back -- of their yard.  Later, you can always show them additional design ideas.

 

REMEMBER TO...  Help your customers "see" more of their own possibilities! 

ARE THESE "IMAGING TIPS" HELPFUL TO YOU?

 

To Let Me Know: Click Here And Send Me A Note!

 

Thanks!

 

~ Diane

 

~ INSPIRATION ~

 "Believe you will be successful and you will."

-- Dale Carnegie, motivational speaker  

 

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