Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding legend views, part of Revit 2018: Essential Training for Architecture (Imperial).
- [Voiceover] It's pretty common in architectural documentation to provide legends that show each of the components that you've used throughout the project. Things like elevation views of all the doors or the windows, and they will have some notes and maybe some dimensions and some other identifying information. So in this movie I'd like to show you how we can create a legend view. Revit has some interesting legend tools that make this task a little bit easier. One of the nice things about a legend view is all of its graphics are separate from the model, so it's not going to throw off the counts in your schedule or become any actual real objects that you then have to hide or anything like that.
So to start the process let's look at the project browser If I scroll down here, notice that there is a legends branch and it's currently empty, I don't have any legends. Now you could create a new legend up here on the view tab and here is your legends drop-down and we're going to create a legend, the first item there. Give it a name, and I'm going to make a door types legend so we'll call this door types. It'll suggest a scale of quarter inch, I'm fine with that, and I'll click ok. And when you do you'll see that appear in that branch now on the browser. An alternative way to create it is to right click directly on that branch and you can get new legend, right there.
Now this is just a blank sheet of paper, it's essentially like a drafting view, the only thing that is different about a legend view and a drafting view is the legend view has access to legend components. So if I go to the annotate tab, here on the 2-D detail component drop-down, detail components are two dimensional families that you can place really in any view, repeating details are using those detail components, but it's the legend component that I want you to see here. Notice that that button is available here in this view.
If you were in any other view in Revit, that button would be grayed out. Ok, so you can only place legend components in a legend view. Now, it's defaulting to a wall, and I can see that right here on the options bar. So there's this list right here and if you look at it, it's a fairly extensive list. This is showing you literally every family and type for every model element in your project. So as you add model elements to your project, they'll also be added to this list.
Now we're interested in the door types for this particular legend, so i'm going to scroll up here to doors and you could see that I have a curtain wall door, I've got a double glass door, a single flush door, so what I'm going to do is select one instance of each of these doors. So I'm using the single flush 36 by 84 door, and notice that it will come in in a planned symbol. Right next to the family drop-down you have a view drop-down and you can change that to either front or back elevation.
So I'll choose front and I'll click to place it right there. Then, I'll switch to a single glass door and I'll click to place that one right there. If you place carefully they try and line up with each other, but sometimes it moves a little so we'll align them when we're done. I'll do a double glass door, place it right there and finally a curtain wall door. Now the curtain wall door is a little bit odd, you're going to see it come in, it sort of looks a little strange. The reason for that is, curtain wall doors are actually panels, and so they conform to the size of the panel.
So they don't really have a size that we can designate. They do give us this host length field here, so if you put in a size that's reasonable you can rescale this symbol to something a little closer to what you expect. So I'm actually putting in the height here because it's going to be square. So the width is going to be a little bit odd, but putting in a height of seven foot six is going to get me a lot closer to the other doors here and make it look a little bit more reasonable.
Now the only alternative to using a legend component here for this curtain wall door would be to just draft it. So if you decided that you didn't like the way that graphic looks you could use detail lines, and filled regions, and masking regions, to essentially draw that elevation manually. But in this case I'm fine with the legend component. Now if you want to kinda position things a little bit nicer, you can actually put a few dimensions on here, and these are just going to be temporary, I'm going to remove them, but I can select this and say let's put that three, and let's select this and let's make that three, and then let's select this and make that three, and then I can delete these, then I can go to my modify tab and align tool and make sure they're all lined up with each other, like so, and that makes it nice and neat.
Ok, so now I've positioned them all. You can add dimensions directly to these objects. So I can do something like this, I can add text down below it. Remember to click an empty white space to finish typing text. In the dimensions movie, we talked about how you can actually override the text, so instead of saying the actual value there I could say something like: "See Plan", and you can add any other modifications that you need to add here.
If you want to indicate where the hardware is and show a dimension for that, you can add all of those things and when you're done it might look something like this. So once I have the legend I can go to an appropriate sheet in my document set. So if I scroll down here on my sheet I have a schedules sheet here, and there's already some schedules included here, including my door schedule, so that might be a good place for the legend. So I'll scroll back up, locate the door types legend, drag it out of project browser and into the sheet, you'll see a small plus sign appear on the cursor, let go, then the view will appear and I can click to place it where I want it to appear on the sheet and if you look you'll see you've got your door types legend now as part of the sheet.
So legends can be a really nice finishing touch in the document set to help you to find what each of the components are within your project and as you can see they're really easy to create in Revit in a custom legend view. One of the really nice advantages of legend components in that view is they're not actually model elements, so therefore they're not going to throw off the counts in your schedules, and they're not going to be elements that you have to hide in any other view.
First, get comfortable with the Revit environment, and learn to set up a project and add the grids, levels, and dimensions that will anchor your design. Then author Paul F. Aubin helps you dive into modeling: adding walls, doors, and windows; using joins and constraints; creating and mirroring groups; linking to external assets and DWG files; and modeling floors, roofs, and ceilings.
Paul also shows advanced techniques for modeling stairs and complex walls, adding rooms, and creating schedules. Finally, discover how to annotate your drawings so all the components are clearly understood, and learn how to output sheets to DWF, PDF, or AutoCAD.
- Understanding BIM and the Revit element hierarchy
- Navigating views
- Creating a new project from a template
- Adding walls, doors, and windows
- Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
- Linking AutoCAD DWG files
- Rotating and aligning Revit links
- Working with footprint and extrusion roofs
- Adding openings
- Adding railings and extensions to stairs
- Creating stacked and curtain walls
- Hiding and isolating objects
- Adding rooms
- Creating schedule views and tags
- Adding text and dimensions
- Creating new families
- Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
- Plotting and creating a PDF