I'm a garden designer but do alot of graphics for my business - and get roped into doing my girlfriends ads/leaflets for her business to -as freebies of course! I've been using photoshop to produce my plan drawings to scale and generating 3d 'sketches' too. I've built up a large library of custom drawn plant icons and captions, and am begining to make 3d drawings of plants, seats, waterfalls etc. to (to drop into 'artist impression' type drawings for my clients - not actual 3d) This takes a hell of a long time to do in photoshop - which I use because I started with it and am comfortable with it (reasonably) - for no other reason. I tried sketch up recently and found that it couldn't read my images as 3d. I need to move to a quicker program - one that will generate 3d's from my plan scale drawn icons automatically, someone suggested using 3ds max but this is massively expensive. If I cant find a prog to interpret my 2d images of pants into 3d then I need to find an easy 3d drawing program - hopefully something simpler than 3ds max or cad - because I dont need all the technical information of structural design. Does anyone have any suggestions?