You’re working on a bid for redesigning a city street and
you need to show a tree line on an avenue. The picture that's needed
to be matched was taken from 30’ above the ground.
The solution without Verdant - you would go out with a ladder and
take pictures of a tree somewhere close to the correct angle, then
mask out the backgrounds, which is difficult with trees, then paste
that one tree, bill boarding it several times. This would have been
a three hour process, including setup.
Within five minutes of loading Verdant you have the trees at the
right angle with shadows added. Each tree looks slightly different
and they were easy to place. You spend another ten minutes adjusting
the leaves to give it the right seasonal look. After saving some
new presets, because you like the trees you created and might want
them for later, you’re done.
You are out in Arizona and there are only a few types of plants
that you need to work with. You use them over and over. Unfortunately,
no one makes these plants for the regular 3D tree packages.
Although other components are in 3D, you would have to resort to
clip art for these plants. You’ll need a library that’s
pretty large and it’s a case of “best fit” matching.
For $199 per plant you have one of Digital Element’s partner
designers create all eight plants you use most. The rest you might
get later. You supplied a few pictures of each plant at a couple
of ages and they even asked you what kinds of variables you would
like to be able to modify. Now 80% of my work is done for me and
Verdant is the perfect tool.