COMPUTER RENDERING WITH PHOTOSHOP (FIGURE 15-28)

The two renderings in Figure 15—28 were also computer generated. Adobe Photoshop was used to develop them. Just as in hand-drawn rendering, the computer can be uti­lized to produce loose and freehand-like drawings, as well as more refined drawings that look more computer generated. Both renderings use colors from around the color wheel, which is different from the “analogous” schemes.

The rendering on the left uses a variety of techniques developed by changing the patterns of the brushes and the mixture of colors used for each design element. Once these patterns are selected, each element is outlined to separate it. Then the applica­tion of the color is like painting with a roller. Trees and shrubs still have a sunny side and a shady side, which always helps with portraying a conical or rounded form. Some of the color runs outside the outlines of the trees to give more of a freehand character. This rendering took approximately one hour.

The rendering on the right, which looks more refined and has less textural inter­est, is a strong contrast to the other. Though they are rendered differently, both attend to the importance of contrast, consistency in texture, sun and shade, as well as changes of color to help identify different design elements.

It is important to remember that color renderings will always have some labeling accompanying the drawing. Whether the elements are labeled directly on or adjacent to the plan, or through the use of a key or legend, labeling is critical. Words and graphics work together for the benefit of understanding the drawing. This color plate was prepared by The EDGE Group—Planning, Landscape Architecture & Graphic Design, Columbus, Ohio.