Designing and Rendering 3D Landscapes with Rhino

The #1 online platform for learning software as a landscape architect or designer.

Simple 3-Step Process to Develop 3D Landscapes:

1. Designing Landscapes in 2D

The fastest way to develop ideas and concepts in landscape architecture is through 2D. Within this course, learn how to prepare 2D drawings for contractors or install crews to get your landscapes built. Learn how to develop your primary landscape plan through functional diagramming and take this drawing into the next step of 3D modeling.

2. Modeling Landscapes in 3D

3D modeling is a process of seeing how the proposed landscape reacts to the existing surroundings and how comfortable a space feels. One of the greatest advantages of 3D is studying how light affects the space and how 3D design will help you bring your clients' vision to life. Using 3D software allows you to export drawings not just in plan view, but also in elevation and section view - which are crucial drawings for contractors and install crews.

3. Rendering Outdoor Spaces

During the last step of this course, you will be assigning materials, placing 3D components in the landscape such as furniture, plantings, entourage and surrounding structures to show the spatial qualities of the site. This course is deeply rooted in the core principles of landscape architecture including: form, texture, color, scale, proportion, unity and rhythm.

This course is perfect for you if:

Course Includes:


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Video Tutorials

Course Overview:

Module 1: Overview of Rhino

Lesson 1: Welcome Video

Lesson 2: Overview of Rhino’s Interface

Lesson 3: Overview of Rhino Commands

Lesson 4: Learn 2D Specific Commands (20 commands)

Lesson 5: Learn 3D Specific Commands (27 commands)

Lesson 6: Learn Operational Commands (15 commands)


Module 2: How to Start a Landscape in 2D Before Transfering to 3D

Lesson 1: Reviewing Plat of Survey

Lesson 2: Starting with On-Site Measurements

Lesson 3: Importing Raster PDF

Lesson 4: Importing Vector PDF

Lesson 5: Using Civil Engineer’s AutoCAD File


Week 3: Introduction to 3D Modeling

Lesson 1: Creating Grids Across Project Site

Lesson 2: Creating Functional Diagrams

Lesson 3: Design 2D Concept Landscape Plan


Week 4: Building 3D Landscapes with Rhino

Lesson 1: Making Surfaces from 2D Planes

Lesson 2: Modeling Contours and Topography

Lesson 3: Developing 3D Model and Details

Lesson 4: Adding 3D Plants and Vegetation

Lesson 5: Assigning Materials to Surfaces


Module 5: Rendering 3D Landscapes

Lesson 1: Rendering Realistic Renderings

Lesson 2: Rendering Collage Renderings

Lesson 3: Rendering Illustration Renderings


3 Types of Renderings You Learn in this Course:

1. Realistic Renderings

Realistic renderings are a great way to show your client's the proposed landscape which include materials, furniture layouts, and types of plantings. The benefit to these types of renderings is that they evoke a feeling of how the space will feel before the space is built. Within this course, you will learn how to apply materials to your 3D design.

2. Collage Renderings

Collage renderings are a great way to quickly place yourself into a an outdoor space before you render the project. The benefit to these types of renderings is that they provide an insight into composition, form, texture, color and scale. Within the course, you will learn how to use Photoshop to create these styles of renderings.

3. Illustration Renderings

Sketching and illustrating landscapes is a lost art that still holds significant value. Marker renderings show client's your confidence in artistic qualities that computer programs do not show. The benefit to these types of renderings is that you can quickly sketch ideas out in a fraction of time and these drawings can be used to show your process of design.

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Discounts for 3D Plant Purchases

The Landscape Library has partnered with 2 major online 3D Plant Library Companies to help you master 3D faster than if you were to create libraries yourself. You receive this discounts only inside the course.

Image Credit: Above image does not belong to The Landscape Library and belongs to affiliate partner, Globe Plants.

Frequently Asked Questions

I operate on a Mac, does the Rhino work on Apple products?

Yes! Rhino the software works on Mac and Windows and this online course is also compatible with both operating systems. The tutorials within the course were recorded on a PC, however, I mention how to use shortcuts for Mac throughout the course.

Are all modules released upfront?

No, all modules are not released upfront, however, immediately upon purchase you have access to Module 1. The following modules (2-5) will be released 7 days (1 week) after the previous module. The purpose behind this is to allow you to concentrate on one module at a time and diminish any sense of overwhelm as you learn.

  • Module 1 – Available immediately upon purchase
  • Module 2 – Released 7 days after date-of-purchase
  • Module 3 – Released 14 days after date-of-purchase
  • Module 4 – Released 21 days after date-of-purchase
  • Module 5 – Released 28 days after date-of-purchase

Does the course portal expire?

Course portal never expires and you have unlimited access to the material which includes free updates to future trainings.

Is Rhino included?

Rhino is not included with the purchase of this course. Here is the link to Rhino’s official website to purchase the software. (

What software's are required for this course?

The only software needed for this course is Rhino. Optional programs include:

  • Enscape by Chaos Group for realistic renderings
  • Photoshop by Adobe for collage renderings

What software's are required for this course?

  • Absolutely, this course is meant for a complete beginner or an intermediate user looking to boost their efficiency in the software.
  • By the end of this course you will know how to use every aspect of Rhino specifically for the landscape architecture and design industry to create plans and renderings for clients and your business.This same exact workflow can be applied to future projects and all resources and files provided within the training are yours to use.
  • The course covers a real-life, residential property (similar to what you will see in the field) with all files provided like plat of survey, homeowners notes, pictures and more. I take you through how to build up a landscape plan from scratch into a final landscape plan to present to your clients.

What is the return policy?

All course sales (including the payment plan) are final. If you have questions prior to purchase, we’d be glad to help. Please send questions to

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