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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.
As your models become more complex, it can be difficult to see and edit certain elements from time to time. In a previous movie, we saw that we can use visibility graphic overrides to hide elements at the category level. Sometimes, however, you simply need to hide elements temporarily, or you want to hide individual particular elements in a certain view. So in this movie we're going to look at two ways that we can hide stuff: we can hide things using the temporary Hide command or we can hide things in a more permanent fashion, but we can do them object by object. So again, in our exploration of visibility settings, moving our way from the most global down to the most specific, we're starting to now hone in on things that are much more specifically focused on very particular situations.
So I'm in a view here called Hide Isolate, and I'm going to start with the temporary Hide Isolate command. Let's say that I want to do some work down in the foundation level. You can see that if I move my mouse around here, I can get those walls to highlight, but it's going to be a little difficult to work on them because I've got this big site plan in the way. This is a great job for the Temporary Hide command. All I have to do is select this object--and of course the entire object selects because it's a linked Revit model--and down here on the View control bar there is this little icon that looks like sunglasses.
We have actually looked at this in a few other movies. And there are several options here. I can hide just the element I have selected and it will do just that. In this case, it will hide the linked file. Or I can actually hide the category, and I could show you an example of that in just a moment. But let's do the Hide Element first, and what you'll see is the object disappears. You get this cyan-colored border around your screen, and it tells you that you're in temporary Hide Isolate mode. This is a temporary mode, meaning that if you close the file right now and reopen it, it will reset all the temporary Hide Isolate.
If you were to print out this view or any other view, the effect would not be applied; it would restore any hidden elements. So the intention of this mode is simply for you to be able to go in here; get a better look at the geometry that you want to work on so that you can select it, make your modifications; and then when you're done you choose reset Temporary Hide Isolate and the objects come back. Let me just show you a couple of other quick examples using the other options on that menu. Here is a column right here. If I select it and I go to Hide Element, it only hides the one column.
Let me undo that. If I use the Hide Category instead then it does exactly that: it hides the entire category. But again, this is a temporary hide that I've just done. It only applies in the current work session. Let's go to the sunglasses and reset that. Isolate is the opposite. So if I had the same column selected and I use either Isolate Element or Isolate Category-- let's do Isolate Category-- it hides everything that's not a column.
So whatever you have selected is the only thing that displays, and everything else gets hidden. And again, it's a temporary. So let's reset that. So those are temporary Hide Isolate modes. You can do that when you just need to get a better look. And you'll actually find yourself using that quite a bit. Sometimes something is just in the way and you just need to get some work done. So I'm going to come over to the project browser and I'm going to go to the Level 21 Floor Plan--open that up--and let me show you an example where you might want to hide something individually, but you want to do it on a permanent basis instead of a temporary basis. You see how I have several section lines on the screen.
We could use the Visibility Graphics command that we looked at in a previous movie and we could hide the section lines if we wanted to. Easy enough to do. The trouble is they'll all be hidden. Well, I've got this one section line here at the front of the building that I was using just to draw my curtain wall, and I don't want that to be there in my drawings kind of cluttering things up, or I certainly don't want it to be printed. So I want to hide that, but I don't want to hide the others. So this is an example where if you have an individual object like this section line that just for whatever reason needs to be hidden in this view, you can hide just it. And unlike the temporary hide, this will be a permanent hide.
So you select the object, and up here on the Modify tab there is little light bulb icon. And if I choose Hide Category, that's just another way to get to VG. So instead of going to VG and unchecking the box, this will do it for me. And if I chose that, you can see all the section lines go away. So let me undo that. What I'm going to do instead is go to the light bulb and say I want to hide just this element. Now that element will disappear and all the other sections remain. Let me show you another example. Here is a foundation plan. Now I'm looking at this. It looks OK, but I see that there this is little thing here in the middle. I'm not quite sure what that is.
Let me zoom in just a touch here. What is that? How did that get there? Well, you know, if I investigate further, I find out that that is actually this opening object here in the break room, and for whatever reason, based on some other settings or what have you, it's showing here in the foundation plan. Now I have a few ways I could deal with that. I could go investigate that family and try and figure out why it's showing, or look at some other settings, but sometimes it's easier to just say that doesn't need to be here in the foundation plan view, so I'm simply going to hide it.
So I go to the Hide Element again, choose that, and just like that, it disappears, and it didn't take a lot of effort to do that. Now in either case, the only potential danger here is, how do you know something is hidden? How do I get it back if I wanted to get it back again, if for whatever reason I want to get that opening back? Or let's say that I changed my mind here on Level 1 and I decided that I want to print that section after all. So down here on the view control bar, right next to the sunglasses, is this little tiny light bulb, and this is Reveal Hidden Elements.
I'm going to click that. And instead of the cyan border this time I get a reddish-color border. It says Reveal Hidden Elements, and anything that's previously been hidden will display here in that same reddish color. I can select it, and up here on the ribbon I could say I want to unhide that element. And then using either this button here or the light bulb again, I can turn off the Reveal mode, and the object comes back. So in both cases when you do the permanent hide, it's exactly that; it's a permanent hide. The object stays hidden until you go to Reveal mode and bring it back again.
It won't print and if you close the project, it'll come back again. Contrast that to any of the ones on the sunglasses pop-up. Those are all temporary. They only apply in the current work session. You typically use those when you just want to get something out of the way so that you can get some work done and then you'll turn them back on again.
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