PROS / Resources like a step-by-step guide and video tutorials will help you get started.
CONS / This program has poor graphics, giving the design an unrealistic look.
VERDICT / This inexpensive program allows you to play around with landscaping ideas, but the limited functionality and lack of a quick-start tool for beginners make creating your dream landscape difficult.
Total 3D Home, Landscape & Deck Deluxe is an affordable home landscaping software with basic functionality that can help you get started on your landscaping project but may not allow you to fully realize a plan for your dream landscape. A step-by-step instruction manual and video tutorials are available to help you get started. While this information isn’t comprehensive, it is easily accessible.
Unfortunately, this landscaping software doesn’t have a quick-start tool like many of the programs we reviewed, which means you’ll probably have to start from scratch and recreate your home and landscape using 2D drawings. There are design samples available through the software, but it’s unlikely any samples will be a near replica of your house or property. In most instances it will be easier to start from scratch than revise a sample. As such, this software is probably not well-suited for beginners.
This program has some helpful tools. It has pre-designed sample plans for gardens and landscapes that help generate ideas, even if they don’t work perfectly with the layout of your home and yard. Color coding within the design helps you easily identify things like furniture, plants, windows, fences and more.
You can customize your design by importing digital photos, which you can edit within the program in 2D or 3D renderings. You can drag and drop features like a lawn, deck or pool into your design. You can also choose from an extensive library of plant images to find the one that is right for your landscape. However, despite the plentiful graphic options, the graphics are poor quality when compared with others in our landscape design reviews. The renderings are not tremendously realistic and are reminiscent of a video game from the 1990s.
There are help options available on the website. There is a FAQs section on the website that lets you select your product and get answers to general questions you may have. For other answers, you can also choose between email, phone or an online request form. When we called the phone number, we were directed to email, but never heard back when we sent a message. You can view video tutorials and study the step-by-step guide to learn how to get the best use out of the product.
Total 3D Home, Landscape & Deck Deluxe is affordable software that will help you generate ideas and create basic designs. Since there is no quick-start tool to help beginners, you’ll have to start from scratch to recreate your home and landscape, then edit it to your liking. There are many images like plants that you can import into your design to let you see how you can transform your yard, but the images look dated. This is basic software that can help you get started on your landscaping project, but will require extra effort to finish it.