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Adding symbols

From: Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training

Video: Adding symbols

Architectural drawings incorporate many kinds of symbols. Revit has dedicated tools for text and dimensions and many kinds of tags and certain kinds of notes, but there is many symbols that don't have their own dedicated tools. So we sort of have a catch-all tool in Revit called just the Symbol tool, and we can use that to add any variety of miscellaneous symbols. So in this movie I am going to just demonstrate the use of the Symbol tool and work with some symbols that are both in the template and some ones that we can load in from the provided content.

Adding symbols

Architectural drawings incorporate many kinds of symbols. Revit has dedicated tools for text and dimensions and many kinds of tags and certain kinds of notes, but there is many symbols that don't have their own dedicated tools. So we sort of have a catch-all tool in Revit called just the Symbol tool, and we can use that to add any variety of miscellaneous symbols. So in this movie I am going to just demonstrate the use of the Symbol tool and work with some symbols that are both in the template and some ones that we can load in from the provided content.

You can also make your own symbols, but that'll be out of the scope of what we'll cover here. So if you need additional symbols that are not in the out-of-the-box offerings, you certainly have that option. So I am in a file called Symbols. It's just a floor plan view with some dimensions and notes on it are already, but I want to add a few symbols, maybe a north arrow or a bar scale, stuff like that. So if I go to the Annotate tab, way over here on the right-hand side we'll find the Symbol tool, and you can see in the tooltip that it says is just a 2D annotation object. So when I click on that what that means is we are not going to expect a whole lot of smarts out of a symbol; it's a pretty low-tech tool, if you will.

It's just a graphical symbol. So on my cursor right now is the centerline symbol, and I'm in a place one of those right about here, in the whitespace, zoom in, and I've got this dimension here, and you could see the little centerline symbol. Let me cancel out of there. Click it. It's got its own little move grip so we could move it around, but first I'm going to go to Rotate command, put in an angle here. Let's rotate it 90 degrees, just so that it matches the orientation of that dimension, and then I'll use this little move grip to move it close by, and that's all there is to it.

So again, it's just a really simple process. You just find the symbol you want, drop it in, and position it. Let's Zoom Previous, try another one, go to the Symbol tool, open up the list. We've also have a North Arrow in here. Now again, not to disappoint you, but you may be expecting the north arrow to actually know which direction north is. Revit doesn't actually have tool that does that. So the north arrow is, again, just a generic symbol. So what you do is you just place it in. Now you saw me rotate the centerline symbol after I placed it, with the Rotate command.

We also have this option here where you could say Rotate after placement, and the way that works is I'll click the point and then it will immediately go into a rotation command. And so maybe I'll rotate it in this direction a little bit, like so. If I wrote it a little bit too far, that's when I could just click the Rotate tool and rotate it back again. So you can certainly fine-tune it afterwards, but the Rotate after placement just gives you the option to do it sort of in one step. So let's cancel out of there.

Well, those are the two symbols that were loaded into the template, pretty straightforward. So I want a bar scale under here. I don't have that one loaded in, so where would we get that? Well, like model families, we would just click on the Load Family button and see what's been provided for us in the out-of-the-box library. Now you can choose any symbol you want in here. I am going to use a bar scale. So I am going to go to this Annotations folder and then if we scroll down here a little bit, you can see what's available here. You can there is some other north arrows and different kinds of view titles and section heads and so forth.

But if I go up a little bit, we'll find our Graphic Scales. And I've got an 8th inch one here and a 1/4 inch one. So notice that the scales are actually built in, because again, an Annotation, or a symbol, is pretty low-tech, so it's not actually automatically seeing what scale the drawing is. So you have to actually build it for that scale. So that's why this one says 1/8 here, and I'll open it up and I'll place it where I want it to go. If you zoom in on it, you can see that it's got the graphical indications for how big everything is.

But let's take a look at how this looks on our sheet. So if I scroll down here, here is my floor plan sheet, A1, and I've got the first floor and the second floor and this is the one we've been working on. I'll zoom in over here. So it might be a little easier to kind of understand how all the stuff works seeing it in context here, but you could actually print this drawing now at full scale and put your scale ruler on this bar scale and you would find it from here to here is actually 16 feet, or you can measure those points here and compare them to your model and see that it's actually 16 feet.

So the Symbol tool is just a really simple way of adding any kind of graphical symbol that is not included in one of the other tools somewhere in Revit, and it allows you to add all those finishing touches that you need to your drawings before you print them out.

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Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training

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Paul F. Aubin
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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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