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Foliage Tool 2018

Andy Broomell


The new Foliage tool is awwweeessooooomme.




All the different "Configurations" are great. And I can think of so many non-foliage uses for it. Thank you already making it so versatile!


One request for future improvement that already comes to mind: instead of selecting only one or two symbols, it would be awesome if we could select a Symbol Folder and have the tool use all the symbols it contains. This would make it similar to @DomC's FANTASTIC Marionette note for filling an area with symbols, found here: 



His network is particularly great for creating crowds, which I coincidentally did just earlier today using his network and 10 symbols:



(Had to omit the stage design for NDA reasons)



With the new Foliage tool I can get really close, but having more than two types of people would really help:





I'm sure multiple Symbol support would be useful for numerous other applications as well. It'd make a great V2.0 addition!

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Hi there. I'm trying to use the foliage tool to create a green wall on a curved wall surface. Does anyone know if this is possible? I've created a wall of foliage but it has a flat front, not a curved one - is it possible to reshape the front to fit the wall? As it stands, the foliage looks gappy as it doesn't curve around the wall properly...

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2 hours ago, Snowbunny said:

Hi there. I'm trying to use the foliage tool to create a green wall on a curved wall surface. Does anyone know if this is possible?

Yes, but I found it hard to do with the default mode. I suggest creating a 2D polygon on the ground in the shape you want the rounded wall to be (so i just used an arc and then offset it closing open ends to get my thicker arc) then use AEC > Create Objects from Shapes > Foliage, it then creates the hedge with the proper thickness and length, then i edit the height of the two automatically generated crossing planes to give it the height I want:



Careful when examining my example below, I made the wall a bit big so I had to include 7k symbols, so it takes a bit to regenerate:



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