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Using object styles

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Video: Using object styles

As your work progresses, you'll find times when you wish to change the way some of the various elements display onscreen and/or in output. There are various tools available in Revit which make changes both globally across the entire project and in a much more specific and isolated way. Each of the movies in this chapter will explore the topic with progressively more specificity. Here we will begin with the global project-wide settings. So I am looking at a file called Office, and it's in the Chapter 8 Exercise Files, and we have a few little challenges that we want to address in this particular view, and I am going to zoom in right about here.

Using object styles

As your work progresses, you'll find times when you wish to change the way some of the various elements display onscreen and/or in output. There are various tools available in Revit which make changes both globally across the entire project and in a much more specific and isolated way. Each of the movies in this chapter will explore the topic with progressively more specificity. Here we will begin with the global project-wide settings. So I am looking at a file called Office, and it's in the Chapter 8 Exercise Files, and we have a few little challenges that we want to address in this particular view, and I am going to zoom in right about here.

Notice that the line weight that's used on the wall is kind of bold and heavy. It may be a little easier to see over here on the right, nice and bold here for the walls, and then the floor is not so much. So it doesn't quite look as appealing as it ought to. I mean you really want the floor to have the same sort of punch that the walls do when you're cutting through it here in section. So let's go ahead and talk about how we would do that. What controls the line weights and a few of the other settings, but the line weights in general of all of your elements across the entire project is something called object styles.

So I am going to go to the Manage tab and find the Object Styles button over here on the left, and I am going to go ahead and click on that, and we'll get this three tab dialog that breaks down all of the objects in Revit into three overall groupings. We've got Model Objects, which is anything to do with the model. We've got all our annotation like text and dimensions than anything that might be imported like CAD files. We're going to focus our energy on Model Objects. Now these categories are all built into the software. We talked about this way back in the first chapter. Categories are built into the system, and they're controlled by Revit, and you and I can't change them.

But what we can change is what line weight or color or line pattern a particular category uses, so we do have that level of control. So, for example, if we look at the Floors element, we will see that when we're looking at floors in elevation or in plan, they're going to use a pen weight 2. That's what projection means. So anytime you see it when you're looking at it. Anytime you're cutting through it like a section in this example, it's also using a pen weight 2, and that's why it doesn't look so good. That's why it doesn't have any punch to it.

Now if I scroll down and look at walls, walls are set up a little differently in this file. Projection is set to a pen weight 2 just like floors are, but when we cut through walls, they get a little more oomph, because they're using a pen weight 4. So why don't we go in here and take our floors and change that line weight to match what we've got for the walls? So by changing that to a pen weight 4 and then go ahead and click OK, you are going to see that now the floor object has a little bit more punch to it than it did previously and it matches the line weight of the wall, so everything looks a little better.

Now over here, we're still getting a heavy line here and here. You can actually start fine-tuning some of that if you like by going to Modify and using the Join tool and you can just join geometry to one another and it will actually start to clean up those intersections for you. So if you want to make this a little bit more of like a presentation type drawing where everything just kind of has one overall profile, you can certainly do that. Now if I continue to scroll over here, this is a ceiling and this little tiny item here is actually a soffit wall, so that's just a little piece of wall, and then our floor and again we don't have a nice continuous bold profile. So it's really the same issue.

So all I would do is go to Object Styles, click on Ceilings, notice the same problem, change that to a pen weight 4, click OK, and now my ceiling gets bolder and everything looks a little bit nicer. One more time I could do a join over here, and it's basically more of the same. So this is a kind of control that you can achieve at a global level and that would affect every view in your projects. So if I go to another section and I zoom in, you'll see that the floors and the ceilings are already bold here.

I don't have to make that change over and over again. So if it's a line weight or a line type like a dashed pattern or a solid pattern, or a color, although colors aren't used that frequently in Revit views, those three things you can do globally in object styles. So as you're fine-tuning the graphics of your Revit projects, getting them ready for presentation, the first place to look is in your object styles. The reason is because object styles are global settings. They apply across your entire project to all views. You'd certainly want to start there. In the next movie we will look at how we can start fine-tuning it on a view-by-view basis, where we'll start in object styles, where we'll fine-tune the graphics of our line weights particularly and line types and colors if necessary.

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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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