Visual Simulation Products

CanVis Visual Simulation Kit

The kit includes the basic elements needed to create photo-realistic visual simulations:

CanVis: Image Editing For Resource Planning

CanVis CD Cover: Image Editing For Resource Planning

The CanVis image editing software is an entry-level program that allows resource professionals to create photo-realistic simulations with minimal computer skills. It runs on a Windows based computer and requires a Pentium 166mhz or faster processor with 32 MB of RAM or higher. (CanVis is not currently Vista-compatible.)

The software allows you to edit a scanned photograph or an image from a digital camera. Visual simulations are created by duplicating elements from within the image and by adding elements from other images or from CanVis' object library. Objects can be resized, their color adjusted, and shadows added to create realistic looking simulations. The software contains tutorial videos that show how to use each editing tool.

One of the main benefits of this program is its collection of object libraries that contain images of plants, agricultural features, people, wildlife, and park elements that can be quickly added to the base image. This saves users valuable time by not having to create objects from scratch. Some of the other tools available in CanVis include adding shadows and text, cloning textures, and adding hardscape elements, like pathways and walls.

CanVis Training

You will learn how to use CanVis software to create believable simulations. The training modules run on an internet browser that utilizes pop-up windows and tutorial movies (requires Macromedia's free Flash Player software). There are two modules:

Visual Simulation Guide (Version 2.2)

This multimedia reference contains information on how to use image editing software to create believable simulations for natural resource planning. The guide utilizes an internet browser and provides guidance on how to plan a simulation project, acquire images, edit an image, and accurately locate and size objects in an image.

Ten natural resource planning projects are provided as working examples. These projects illustrate simulations with different levels of detail, from quick conceptual images to complex and detailed visual simulations. Videos are used extensively to showcase these projects. Users can develop and evaluate their skills by imitating these editing examples. The guide demonstrates the use of ground level, elevated ground level, and oblique aerial viewpoints for simulations.

Table Of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Elements Of An Image
  3. Getting Started
  4. Editing Process
  5. Sizing-Locating Objects
  6. Editing Techniques
  7. Editing Examples
  8. Improving Your Skills

The Visual Simulation Guide was developed as a reference for creating simulations. Even though it has editing examples and valuable "how to" information, it was not designed as a training document. Refer to the CanVis Training above to learn how to use CanVis to create simulations.


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About Agroforestry

Agroforestry intentionally combines agriculture and forestry to create integrated and sustainable land-use systems. Agroforestry takes advantage of the interactive benefits from combining trees and shrubs with crops and/or livestock. Agroforestry practices include:

About the NAC

The USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) had its origins in the 1990 Farm Bill. It began as a Forest Service Research and State & Private Forestry effort in 1992 and expanded into a partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in 1995. It is administered by the Forest Service's, Washington, DC, Office of Research and Development. NAC offices are located in Lincoln, Nebraska and Blacksburg, Virginia.

NAC accelerates the application of agroforestry through a national network of partners. Together, we conduct research, develop technologies and tools, coordinate demonstrations and training, and provide useful information to natural resource professionals.

About Working Trees

The right trees planted in the right places for the right reasons can add value to land-use systems. That's the Working Trees message that helps natural resource professionals, community leaders, and landowners identify with the concept of agroforestry. NAC uses the Working Trees theme to promote the development of sustainable agriculture and communities.


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