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Using the Linework tool

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Video: Using the Linework tool

So at this point you've edited your object styles, you've done some view visibility graphic overrides, view-by- view, maybe you've hidden some individual elements, and you're still finding one or two little areas where you can't quite get the graphics to do exactly what you want because if you hide the element, it hides the whole thing, and you really only want to hide part of it, or if you change the line weight of the object, it changes line weight everywhere, and you really only wanted to change the line weight in just this little edge. So what do you do? Well, you certainly want to use this next technique after you've exhausted all the other possibilities, but if you have, we have the tool called Linework that allows you to literally reach in and touch any individual edge of an existing object and change the line work of that particular edge.

Using the Linework tool

So at this point you've edited your object styles, you've done some view visibility graphic overrides, view-by- view, maybe you've hidden some individual elements, and you're still finding one or two little areas where you can't quite get the graphics to do exactly what you want because if you hide the element, it hides the whole thing, and you really only want to hide part of it, or if you change the line weight of the object, it changes line weight everywhere, and you really only wanted to change the line weight in just this little edge. So what do you do? Well, you certainly want to use this next technique after you've exhausted all the other possibilities, but if you have, we have the tool called Linework that allows you to literally reach in and touch any individual edge of an existing object and change the line work of that particular edge.

So let's go ahead and take a look. I am in a file here called Linework, and I am looking at the second floor, and I have this Open to Below space here, and there is a floor element right here that I am highlighting right now, and that edge of the floor really probably wants to show in the plan view down below. So if I go back to Level 1, you can see that this is the same general area, but we're not seeing any indication that we have this balcony up above our head. Now there are a variety of ways that we might choose to approach that.

We could certainly try to select the floor object and make it do what we want it to do. We could just draw some line-work and fake it in, but the problem with drawing line-work is that it's not associated with the model in any way. So what we are actually going to do is we are going to temporarily make the floor display, and then using the Linework tool we are going to override the two edges that we need to make them dashed above our head. So how do we do that? Let's make sure that we are looking at the floor plan properties which are for Floor Plan: Level 1, scroll down a little, and there is a property here called Underlay, currently set to None, and I am going to change that to Level 2 and let's go ahead and click Apply.

Now sometimes that gives me what I want and other times I have to change the Underlay Orientation to Reflected Ceiling Plan. So I am going to choose between the two and see which one gives me a better result. I actually like Reflected Ceiling Plan because it's less busy. The floor plan was showing me the railing and everything else and all I really need is that edge of the floor. That's all I am trying to get there. Now the Underlay is literally like an underlay in manual hand-drafting. So if you remember back in the day when we used to draft by hand on drawing board, this is like taking one sheet on mylar and slipping it underneath the other sheet of mylar to use for reference.

So here is your second floor kind of slipped underneath the first floor for reference. Now notice that that's actually a live view. So I can select, and I am selecting that floor object and so it's not just visual. That's real stuff. So be careful there. Now what I am going to do is go to the Modify tab and right here on the View panel, I have got the Linework tool, and the shortcut for that is lw. I am going to go ahead and click on that, and what this tool does is it gives me a list of line styles. So from the list of line styles, I am going to choose the one that I want, and I am going to choose this one here, Overhead lines, and what I can do is now reach in here and touch the line in question, and it will actually change it to a dashed line.

Now in that case I got the railing line, so I am going to press the Tab key to make sure I am getting the floor line. If you look down at the status line, you can see it says Floors, that's one I want to click, and I get a single dash line, and then I am going to click it over here, and you can zoom in and make sure that the extent of that line is what you want. Turns out in this case is stop nice and cleanly at the wall, but if it didn't, I can actually drag that grip and change the extent of this modification. So that's a pretty handy thing to do. I'll click the Modify tool. I'll go back to my Floor Plan properties and set the Underlay back to None to see the result.

So as you can see, we can use the Linework tool to go in and make modifications, whether it's to reveal these lines above our head or maybe you want to use it to show the edge of the roof, and on each condition there is a variety of places where this might be useful. But you are literally going in, reaching in, touching the line work in the object and making just to add little tweak that you need to get the graphics to look just the way you want them to look.

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Revit Architecture 2011 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
    2. Using the exercise files
      32s
  2. 13m 45s
    1. Introducing building information modeling (BIM)
      3m 0s
    2. Working in one model with many views
      5m 51s
    3. Understanding Revit element hierarchy
      4m 54s
  3. 47m 31s
    1. Using the Recent Files screen and the Application menu
      3m 21s
    2. Using the Ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)
      5m 3s
    3. Understanding context ribbons
      3m 0s
    4. Using the Project Browser and navigating views
      7m 37s
    5. Using the Properties palette
      10m 1s
    6. Selection and modification basics
      10m 27s
    7. Accessing Revit options
      8m 2s
  4. 42m 18s
    1. Creating a new project
      3m 26s
    2. Understanding the importance of template files
      5m 7s
    3. Understanding project settings
      6m 9s
    4. Opening and saving projects
      9m 9s
    5. Adding levels
      5m 0s
    6. Adding grids
      8m 41s
    7. Adding columns
      4m 46s
  5. 58m 21s
    1. Adding walls
      8m 39s
    2. Using snaps
      6m 39s
    3. Understanding wall properties and wall types
      7m 24s
    4. Locating walls
      7m 34s
    5. Using the modify tools
      7m 33s
    6. Adding doors and windows
      6m 37s
    7. Using constraints
      4m 47s
    8. Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
      4m 8s
    9. Using Autodesk Seek
      5m 0s
  6. 50m 52s
    1. Working with DWG files
      7m 51s
    2. Creating topography from a DWG link
      7m 45s
    3. Understanding CAD inserts
      6m 8s
    4. Using import tips
      4m 6s
    5. Creating a group
      9m 20s
    6. Working with Revit links
      9m 3s
    7. Managing links
      5m 51s
    8. Understanding file formats
      48s
  7. 1h 2m
    1. Working with floors
      8m 37s
    2. Working with footprint roofs
      7m 13s
    3. Working with extrusion roofs
      6m 0s
    4. Roof modifications and examples
      6m 27s
    5. Working with slope arrows
      6m 17s
    6. Adding openings
      8m 13s
    7. Working with stairs
      7m 41s
    8. Working with railings
      4m 29s
    9. Working with ceilings
      7m 36s
  8. 35m 52s
    1. Creating a custom basic wall type
      6m 10s
    2. Understanding stacked walls
      7m 31s
    3. Adding curtain walls
      6m 50s
    4. Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels
      6m 44s
    5. Creating wall sweeps
      8m 37s
  9. 32m 43s
    1. Using object styles
      4m 45s
    2. Working with visibility/graphic overrides
      6m 52s
    3. Using Hide/Isolate
      7m 11s
    4. Understanding view range
      7m 40s
    5. Using the Linework tool
      4m 2s
    6. Using cutaway views
      2m 13s
  10. 21m 44s
    1. Adding rooms
      7m 4s
    2. Controlling room numbering
      8m 16s
    3. Understanding room bounding elements
      6m 24s
  11. 27m 2s
    1. Understanding tags
      7m 42s
    2. Adding schedules
      6m 50s
    3. Modifying schedules
      6m 8s
    4. Creating a key schedule
      6m 22s
  12. 48m 38s
    1. Adding text
      7m 21s
    2. Adding dimensions
      7m 26s
    3. Adding symbols
      3m 54s
    4. Adding legend views
      4m 42s
    5. Creating a detail callout
      6m 25s
    6. Using detail components
      9m 36s
    7. Adding filled and masking regions
      9m 14s
  13. 34m 39s
    1. Understanding families
      2m 37s
    2. Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
      10m 46s
    3. Adding solid geometry
      8m 40s
    4. Adding void geometry
      4m 49s
    5. Completing the family
      7m 47s
  14. 32m 6s
    1. Adding sheets
      7m 58s
    2. Working with placeholder sheets
      4m 16s
    3. Outputting sheets to a DWF file
      6m 5s
    4. Exporting to AutoCAD
      5m 50s
    5. Plotting and creating a PDF
      7m 57s
  15. 25s
    1. Goodbye
      25s

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