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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.
In this movie we'll add some text notes to our drawings. There comes a point in your projects where your model is at a level of completion where you want to begin adding some notes to clarify design intent or to prepare the drawing for printing. So in this movie we're going to look at the simple text tools that we have available on Revit to help us to do that. So I'm in a file called Text, and I'm just looking at an elevation view. If I go to the Annotate tab, I can locate the Text tool right here. Now the shortcut is T+X, and you can also find it on the Quick Access toolbar. Now I'm going to accept all the defaults for right now, and just simply click a point where I want to start placing the note and type in what I want it to say.
Now to complete the note you actually click next to the note. Don't press Enter or Escape. A lot of times people make that mistake. If you do it, it will actually cancel the command and you won't have any note. So you want to click next to it to complete the note. And you'll see the note appear on the screen, and you can move it around with this grip that's attached directly to the note--that's pretty handy. You cab even rotate it if you want to, with this little grip here. And an interesting thing starts to happen: if you rotate around past 90 degrees, Revit will actually flip it around and keep it right reading. So that's kind of handy. Let me do Ctrl+Z a few times to undo that.
Now the most obvious thing about this notice is it's a little large. So what I'm going to do is cancel out of the command, select the note, and let's look over here at the Properties palette. Like other objects in Revit, text has a family and a type. So the family is just text. That's a built-in family, a system family here, but the type in this case is quarter-inch Arial. You can it listed there. And if I open the list here, there is actually another type called 3/32 inch Arial. So I'm going to choose that, and you see that the size of my note will adjust and it will become a lot smaller. How big is that? I mean, what does that actually mean? Well, here it's telling us that we're using Arial-- that's the font--and it's 3/32 inch tall.
So that height is consistent relative to final printed output. If you look down here at the bottom of your screen, there is a scale here on the view control bar. We're currently at 1/8" = 1'. If I click that pop-up and change to 1/4" = 1' foot, what you'll see is all the annotation on the screen actually adjust. This note got smaller. So did the section head here and the level heads over here. So another way to say that is if you had a sheet full of drawings and some of the drawings on the sheet were 1/8" = 1' and some were quarter-inch, if they were side by side, the 3/32 inch Arial would be the same size relative to the sheet for both of those drawings, even though the underlying building would be at two different scales.
So that's kind of a nice feature is that all the annotation here reacts to the scale. I should also mention that these are annotative elements. So we talked about this in a previous movie, but what that means is this text belongs to this view. You won't see this text in any other view. All annotation is view-specific in Revit, so keep that in mind that if you need a stone parapet note in some other elevation, you'll have to add it there as well. Now let me zoom in on this note, and I'll take in a little bit of the building here. And let's go ahead move it just a little closer, and let's make some further adjustments.
With the note selected, you'll see some features over here on the Modify tab. So we can add leaders to this note, either on the left or right, in either straight or curved. So I'm going to do a straight leader over on the right, and I'll get a couple of grips here that I can use to adjust it. I'll point it at this parapet here. And this grip here in the middle allows me to add an elbow, and I'll do it like so. Now we can also change the alignment from left, right, and center. I'm going to leave it left-justified for now. Now if you want to, when you add your next note you can actually add it with the leader to start with.
So let's take a look at that. I will go back to the Text tool. We did the first note with the No Leader option, but I'm going choose this option here to do a two-segment leader for the second one. You can also do curved or a one-segment if you want to. The way this works is the first point you click now is the location of the arrowhead. Then you click where you want the elbow to be and then finally where you want to start typing the note. Now I'm going to put it over here, but I'm going to show you a strange behavior here when we're done. Notice I'm still in 1/4 inch Arial. So let me open that up and change to 3/32. I can do that before I start typing, and then just click back over here and type in what I want my note to say.
Now when the click next to it--remember, click next to it to complete the note-- it does this odd little thing. It sort of jumps over to the left. So it's not that big of a deal, because we can just use this grip and drag it over, get it to line up, and then use this grip, and get that one to line up. I'm not exactly sure why Revit does it that way, but it's pretty easy to remedy. So let me cancel out of there and select the note. And we've got our leader here, and I want to point out to you that you can actually add additional leaders if you want to. So if I had some geometry over on the left side and I wanted to point it, I could add a leader over here and use that leader.
I can remove the leader that I just created with this button right there. I can add another one on the right as well, and maybe we're going to add another brick soldier course down here, so I could point to that. Now when you use this remove button I should mention that it removes in the reverse order from where they were added. So just keep that in mind that sometimes it may not remove the one that you wanted it to. OK. Let's take a look at the settings all of the text itself then. So we've been saying how this is 3/32 and the other was 1/4 inch, but where did it get those settings? Well, if I click right here, we've got Edit Type, and this is just like other objects in Revit. And all of the type-based settings are controlled in here.
So we have color and line weight. Those things are pretty self-explanatory. Here is our font. All the fonts loaded on your system will be listed there. Revit just uses Windows fonts. Here's the height of the text. If you want to use the Tab key, the tab size, bold or italic. And we even have this feature here, which is kind of handy. If you put in, say, decimal value here like 0.8, and I click Apply, watch what's going to happen to the notes. See how they all get a little narrower? So sometimes you need to fit more text in a smaller space so you can use that feature to help you there. I'm going to set it back to 1. Now up here we had this feature called Background, and it's currently set to Opaque.
So let me show you how that works. If I add a new note--deselect all this, click on text, I'm going to turn off the leader option, I'm going to do a note without a leader. Pick right here on top of the brick and type a note. Click out here somewhere to finish the note. Let me zoom in. Notice how there is a little, small white mask around the text. If we go to Edit Type and I change this to transparent, click Apply, you're going to see the brick show right through. So that's what that feature does. That can be really handy if you've got a lot of notes in a tight space, to help them be a little bit more legible.
The final setting that I want to show you here is--let me zoom back out again first. I'll just do Z+P for Zoom Previous, and I want to direct your attention to these two arrowheads right here. The final setting here is the arrowhead setting. The leader arrowhead is actually part of the text type. So right now I'm using this arrow 30 degree. Maybe you want a filled one. So if I click Apply on that, now you can see we have these solid filled arrowheads right there, which some folks like a little bit better. So you can certainly choose whatever arrowhead type that you like.
So that's the text features in Revit. Pretty straightforward. Most of the features I think are fairly self-explanatory. Remember that the text is view-specific so all of the notes I have added here apply to this view, and if you wanted to reuse any of these notes in other views, you would have to copy and paste them. So you could place your notes on the view, you can add leaders or leave the text free- standing, and you can even have multiple leaders on the same piece of text if you need to.
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