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Adding legend views


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Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training

with Paul F. Aubin

Video: Adding legend views

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.
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  1. 1m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      55s
  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
      59s
  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
Subject:
CAD
Software:
Revit Architecture
Author:
Paul F. Aubin

Adding legend views

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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