Discover how professionals are using Autodesk’s landscape design software.

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What is landscape design software?

Landscape design software provides the tools and automation to create accurate layouts and models of landscapes. Landscape designers and landscape architects can use Autodesk software to create 2D drawings or 3D models that save time, cost, and materials.

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Landscape design software

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Landscape design tools

Expediate landscape design and drafting with industry-specific toolsets included with AutoCAD. Learn about the various ways in which the toolsets can help optimize your design workflow.

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FAQs on landscape design

Find answers to frequently asked questions about landscape design.

Landscape design and landscape architecture combine functionality with artistry. The following are a few of the key elements:

Form – The shape of a plant or branch structure.

Line – The connection, focus, and movement of the design.

Texture – Surface elements of the site, including plants, water, and pavement materials.

Color – Combination and balance of color for visual interest with plants and hardscapes.

Unity – An entire garden is cohesive or in-line with a specific theme. It may also include repetition of common elements.

Balance – Symmetrical balance is often used in formal landscapes where each side of the garden is the same and mirrors the other. Asymmetrical balance is known as “informal balance” and more unconstrained.

Proportion – The scale and balance of sizing for the overall design.

Focalization – A focal point where the viewer’s attention will be drawn.

Sequence – Transition of elements that creates a gradual and appealing change.

Emphasis – Highlighting of elements to provide visual interest.

Landscape designers typically work on smaller projects and specialize in the overall design, horticulture, and plant placement. Landscape architects must have a bachelor’s degree in the field as well as a state license. The scope of work ranges from residential to commercial and often includes much larger public outdoor spaces for parks, offices, resorts, and more.

Landscape design resources

Get started in landscape design with these tutorials, guides, and tips.

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