Some free backyard design tools include Eldorado Outdoor design tool and iScape. Many of the software found online, like Smartdraw, give free downloads and offer options to upgrade to versions with more features for a fee.
The Eldorado Outdoor design tool gives users a 3D type platform to design and draw the ideas they have for their backyard. Users can chose from a selection of shapes and items from Eldorado. This allows users to have a better idea of what will actually fit inside their backyards. Users have to enter the dimensions for their yard or deck in order to begin using the software; this means that people using the tool have a very accurate idea of how their backyard will look with the choices made. Even though the software uses Eldorado products, users do not have to buy or use their items.
iScape is for the iPhone and works by simply taking a picture of the user's yard. Once the user takes the picture, she has the option to design over top of the picture with various designs. She can also insert objects into the yard and there is a virtual pen that makes the iScape app easier to use.