Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training
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Adding filled and masking regions


Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training

with Paul F. Aubin

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Video: Adding filled and masking regions

In this movie we're going to look at filled regions and masking regions. Filled and masking regions are two-dimensional shapes that you can apply to your views that help you to either cover up or to further articulate certain parts of the drawing. Like other detailing components in Revit, they are view-specific, so they only appear in whatever view you draw them in, and they are two-dimensional. Now if you've watched some of the previous movies, you've already kind of seen the effects of filled and masking regions.
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  1. 1m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 14m 43s
    1. Introducing building information modeling (BIM)
      3m 0s
    2. Working in one model with many views
      4m 48s
    3. Understanding Revit element hierarchy
      6m 55s
  3. 54m 44s
    1. Understanding the different versions of Revit
      1m 19s
    2. Exploring the Recent Files window and the application menu
      5m 20s
    3. Using the ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)
      7m 12s
    4. Understanding context ribbons
      4m 43s
    5. Using the Properties palette
      8m 31s
    6. Using the Project Browser
      5m 34s
    7. Navigating views: Zooming, panning, and rotating
      5m 57s
    8. The basics of selecting and modifying
      9m 49s
    9. Accessing Revit options
      6m 19s
  4. 47m 6s
    1. Creating a new project from a template
      7m 42s
    2. Accessing a multi-user project with worksharing
      4m 16s
    3. Configuring project settings
      6m 33s
    4. Adding levels
      7m 40s
    5. Adding grids
      6m 23s
    6. Refining a layout with temporary dimensions
      6m 58s
    7. Adding columns
      7m 34s
  5. 1h 11m
    1. Adding walls
      8m 48s
    2. Using snaps
      6m 24s
    3. Exploring wall properties and types
      7m 37s
    4. Locating walls
      7m 27s
    5. Using the modify tools
      9m 32s
    6. Adding doors and windows
      7m 39s
    7. Using constraints
      8m 27s
    8. Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
      8m 39s
    9. Using Autodesk Seek
      4m 19s
    10. Using wall joins
      3m 0s
  6. 1h 11m
    1. Linking AutoCAD DWG files
      10m 59s
    2. Creating topography from a DWG link
      7m 43s
    3. Understanding CAD inserts
      7m 56s
    4. Import tips
      6m 49s
    5. Creating a group
      7m 10s
    6. Mirroring groups to create a layout
      5m 3s
    7. Creating Revit links
      5m 16s
    8. Rotating and aligning a Revit link
      7m 6s
    9. Establishing shared coordinates
      6m 5s
    10. Managing links
      6m 0s
    11. Understanding file formats
  7. 1h 13m
    1. Working with floors
      8m 57s
    2. Working with footprint roofs
      6m 22s
    3. Working with extrusion roofs
      4m 59s
    4. Attaching walls to roofs
      3m 17s
    5. Using the shape editing tools to create a flat roof
      6m 33s
    6. Working with slope arrows
      6m 0s
    7. Adding openings
      8m 33s
    8. Working with stairs
      8m 4s
    9. Adding railings to stairs
      3m 40s
    10. Working with ceilings
      9m 36s
    11. Adding extensions to railings
      7m 20s
  8. 48m 34s
    1. Creating a custom basic wall type
      10m 18s
    2. Understanding stacked walls
      8m 12s
    3. Adding curtain walls
      8m 17s
    4. Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels
      10m 59s
    5. Creating wall sweeps and reveals
      6m 26s
    6. Exploring model lines
      4m 22s
  9. 47m 40s
    1. Using object styles
      4m 19s
    2. Working with visibility and graphic overrides
      7m 3s
    3. Using view templates
      6m 13s
    4. Hiding and isolating objects in a model
      6m 37s
    5. Understanding view range
      7m 7s
    6. Displaying objects above and below in plan views
      6m 35s
    7. Using the Linework tool
      5m 21s
    8. Using cutaway views
      4m 25s
  10. 21m 28s
    1. Adding rooms
      8m 15s
    2. Controlling room numbering
      6m 13s
    3. Understanding room bounding elements
      7m 0s
  11. 33m 13s
    1. Understanding tags
      9m 58s
    2. Adding schedule views
      7m 55s
    3. Modifying schedule views
      7m 12s
    4. Creating a key schedule
      8m 8s
  12. 58m 40s
    1. Adding text
      7m 29s
    2. Adding dimensions
      9m 6s
    3. Adding symbols
      4m 42s
    4. Adding legend views
      4m 51s
    5. Creating a detail callout
      8m 31s
    6. Adding detail components
      8m 52s
    7. Using arrays to duplicate objects parametrically
      7m 43s
    8. Adding filled and masking regions
      7m 26s
  13. 41m 29s
    1. Understanding families
      2m 37s
    2. Creating a new family from a template
      6m 29s
    3. Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
      7m 52s
    4. Adding solid geometry
      8m 40s
    5. Cutting holes using void geometry
      5m 9s
    6. Adding blends
      6m 2s
    7. Completing the family
      4m 40s
  14. 38m 48s
    1. Adding sheets
      7m 44s
    2. Working with placeholder sheets
      5m 24s
    3. Aligning views with a guide grid
      5m 57s
    4. Outputting sheets to a DWF file
      6m 39s
    5. Exporting to AutoCAD
      5m 42s
    6. Plotting and creating a PDF
      7m 22s
  15. 2m 38s
    1. Next steps
      2m 38s

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Find out how to create compelling architectural designs using the modeling tools in Autodesk Revit software. In this course, author Paul F. Aubin demonstrates the entire building information modeling (BIM) workflow, from creating the design model to publishing a completed project. The course also covers navigating the Revit interface; modeling basic building features such as walls, doors, and windows; working with sketch-based components such as roofs and stairs; annotating designs with dimensions and callouts; and plotting and exporting your drawings.

Topics include:
  • Introducing building information modeling (BIM)
  • Adding levels, grids, and columns to set up a project
  • Creating building layouts with walls, doors, and windows
  • Modifying wall types and properties
  • Working with DWG files and CAD inserts
  • Adding rooms
  • Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels
  • Using cutaway views
  • Generating schedules and tags
  • Adding callouts such as text and symbols
  • Understanding families
  • Outputting files, including DWF and PDF files
Revit Architecture
Paul F. Aubin

Adding filled and masking regions

In this movie we're going to look at filled regions and masking regions. Filled and masking regions are two-dimensional shapes that you can apply to your views that help you to either cover up or to further articulate certain parts of the drawing. Like other detailing components in Revit, they are view-specific, so they only appear in whatever view you draw them in, and they are two-dimensional. Now if you've watched some of the previous movies, you've already kind of seen the effects of filled and masking regions.

If I zoom in a little bit here on this view, over here on the right-hand side, this Break Mark component that we have actually has a masking region built into it. So when I select it, these grips here are controlling the shape of that masking region, and that's what's covering up the underlying model. This concrete fill pattern that we have here in the steel pan, that's actually a filled region that's built into that detail component. So we've really already seen both of these components; we've just seen the result of them.

So what I want to do now is show you how to draw those yourself. So if we look at our stair here, we've got this nice component and the angle, and everything is looking pretty good, but we're still seeing some of that background information there of the stair beyond. Now, I can't really hide the stair-- I'm going to use Temporary Hide just to show you-- because I lose too much. So let's reset that. So what I really want to do is just hide the stuff that I don't want to see in this view.

So I'm going to do that with a masking region. So I'm going to go to the Annotate tab, and the Region tool has the two options: Filled Region and Masking Region. They both work exactly the same way; the only difference is the masking region is like a piece of white-out--it's a solid white mask-- and the filled region, you get to choose a fill pattern that you want to apply to that mask. So we're doing the masking region first here. And you'll see over here on the ribbon that I have a variety of tools and I've got some line styles here.

So I'm going to stick with the Straight Line tool. And then over here for the Line Styles, I'm going to choose a Medium Line. And I'm going to simply trace right over the existing geometry here. Now I'm going to just kind a do a portion of it, here to here, and here to here, and then out here somewhere. Now you maybe wondering why I did it that way. Well, what I want to make sure is that I'm exactly snapped to that proper angle, and then I know I can just use my Trim command to clean this up, like so.

So there is my basic shape. I'll click Finish, and you can see the shape there when it's selected, but when I deselect it, what happened? Well, as you may recall, all of these elements have a stacking order. So all I have to do is select this mask and choose Send to Back, and it will drop behind all of the other two-dimensional view-specific components, but when I deselected it, it stays in front of the 3D model. So it's really important to understand that these Arrange tools--Send to Back and Send to Front--only apply to 2D elements.

Sometimes people think that they can send a 2D element behind a 3D element. It doesn't work that way. It's 2D stacking order only. All right! Let's continue over here, and I'm going to use a filled region to indicate the concrete topping on the landing a little bit more accurately. So it's currently this really thin material, and we have this object in the way. I'm going to go in here with the filled region and make it a little bit thicker and change the shape slightly.

So I'm going to go to the Region dropdown, go to Filled Region. Again, I can choose a line style, so this time I'm going to use Medium Lines for this top edge. And I'm going to just trace that right along here, and again, I'm going to make it a little too long. But then I'm going to switch to a Thin Line, zoom in a little here, and I'm going to trace around this angle. If you don't have chain on it, you missed that one there in the middle, so you can actually check the Chain button here and follow that.

I'm going to press Escape once. I'm going to go back to Medium Lines, and I want to draw a line that matches the top of that piece of steel there. Press Escape, zoom out, and then I need one more line out here somewhere. And again, like before, I find it easier to just give myself an edge in each of the locations where I need it, and then go to Trim and trim it up. And I find that a little easier, but feel free to draw it directly if you like.

Now, the important thing that I've done here is I've switched line styles in the middle. So notice that these are thin lines. I don't want those to overpower the underlying detail component. And then I've got my thicker lines over here. Now the last thing I need to do is change the fill pattern. If I were to click Finish here, I'm going to get a diagonal crosshatch. Now that may be fine, but if we open up the list over here, I've got others to choose from. So what I want to use is this one called Concrete Fill, so that I get a little bit more accurate representation of what I'm after.

Once again, I'll select this, send it to back, and of course we could do more of the same to continue to clean up, like there's still a little component showing in there and we could clean that up. Now there's a few more finishing touches that we would want to do to this detail. Many of these we've talked about before, so I'm just going to point them out to you, and then I'll show you the final result here. We can of course add notes and point those notes into the various components. You can add any dimensions that are required for this detail. Dimensions work the same way on detail views that they did in plan views: you just simply use your Tab key if you're not getting the correct element dimension.

And then finally, if I highlight here, you can see the stair showing through in the background. That's the live stair again. Sometimes people like to outline that with a dashed line to kind of let folks know that there's actually stair treads back there. You can do that in two ways. You can either trace over it with detail lines. If I click on Detail Lines and I choose a Hidden Line type, I could trace over and draw those lines. I'm going to undo that. Or we could use the Linework tool with a Hidden Line like we did in a previous movie.

To do that, you would just change temporarily to Wireframe here. That will let you see the stair beyond. Then you can go to your Linework tool, choose your Hidden Line style, touch the lines. When you restore this back to Hidden Line, you'll see that that line will remain as a dashed line. And your final result might look something like this. So I've got this file called Stair Detail- Complete, and it's included with the exercise files.

And you can feel free to open it up and take a look, but this is what our final detail looks like.

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