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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.
If you'd like to add a legend to your project, perhaps showing each kind of door or window that you used within elevation view or some notes indicating its construction or its function, there is no need to draw this manually. A legend view in Revit allows you to place a graphical representation of any family used in your project. You'll be able to control the scale and the level of detail, and you'll be able to insert it as either a plan or an elevation symbol. And the nice thing about a legend view is that these graphics are only representational and so they won't be included in any counts in your models, so they won't throw of your schedules or anything like that.
So I am in a file here called Legends, and I'd like to take a look at this feature by creating a Door Types legend. So it's pretty common in architectural drawings for us to create a legend showing an elevation of each of our doors, so that'll be a good example for us to look at here. So on the Project Browser I have a Legends branch, and it's currently empty because there is no legends in this project. You can either right-click right here and create a new legend or you can use the View tab on the Ribbon right here and you can add a new legend right here; it's the same either way.
Give it a name, so I'll call this Door Types It's suggesting a scale of quarter inch equals a foot, and I'm fine with that, so I'll click OK. And I get a blank sheet of paper. Now if you look over here on the Project Browser, we now have a Door Types Legend there in that branch. So it's this empty sheet. If I go to the Annotate tab, we have, under Component here, a small dropdown. And we are going to look actually at some of these other features in a future movie, but for right now we are going to look at the Legend component, and when I choose that you'll see some options appear on the Options bar.
There is a list right here, and if you look, it's a pretty extensive list. So what this is is every model family and type in your project. So that's why the list is so long. And what we can do here is locate the items that we are using. Like for example, I am using this Doors: Single-Flush 36" x 84". Now when I choose that it's going to come in as a plan version, but right here I can choose to either do a front or a back elevation.
I am going to do a front elevation, and you'll see the symbol appear on my cursor, and then I just click the place where I want it to go. I can choose the next size, so I have a Single- Glass Door, and they kind of line up with each other, and Double-Glass Door, and finally this Curtain Wall Door. This one is a little strange because Curtain Wall Doors react to the size of the curtain wall, so they don't have sizes in the same way that our regular doors do, but they give you this field right here where you can modify it.
So I can put in the size that's a little bit better, like maybe 6 feet, and get this thing a little closer to what I want it to be. Now after you've placed all of these, you can move them around and make adjustments. You can even use your Align tool and kind of make sure that everything is lined up with one another, like so. And then you can add some text and some notes and dimensions to it. So for example, here's my Align Dimension tool. Maybe I want to do that. In the dimensions movie, we talked about how you can override this text. So maybe I don't want to actually show the size there.
I might want to say something a little more generic, like that. In the text movie, we talked about how we could add text. So I can do this a label, and so when you're done it might look something like this. So all it remains is to take this legend now and place it on appropriate sheet. So if I scroll down on my Project Browser here, I've got a bunch of sheets, and if we go down to the Door Schedule Sheet, Sheet A13, you could see it's got some schedules on it already.
Let's open that up. This is usually a pretty good place to put your door legend. Now the way you do this is you scroll back up on the Project Browser, you locate the view that you want to add on the sheet--and this works with any view; we are going to do it here with the legend-- and I'm just going to start dragging it from Project Browser, and you'll see a little Plus sign on my cursor, and then let go. And then you'll see the view, and I can place it where I'd like it to go just by clicking, and now you'll see that it's there on the sheet.
So anytime you need to create a legend to define the various types of objects--maybe you want to do a window legend or a door legend--you can use the Legend feature. And again one of the really nice features of your Legend feature is that these graphics are just representational of the objects; they don't actually change the counts or the quantities in your schedules.
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