Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding text, part of Revit 2018: Essential Training for Architecture (Imperial).
- [Voiceover] Most architectural drawings need text of some kind, and so, in this movie, we'll take a look at the Text tool in Revit, which has lots of interesting features. So, I'm in a simple elevation view, and let's start by just adding some notes. So, I'm going to go to the Annotate tab and click the Text tool. TX is the shortcut, and it's also on the Quick Access toolbar. Now, you just click anywhere where you wanna place the note, and begin typing. To get out of the note, click in the empty space next to it. That will complete the command.
It will stay in the Text command, so, if you wanna create another note, you could. And, if you're all done creating notes, then you would just click your Modify tool, or press Esc to cancel. Now, if I go back into text, and click a point and type some other note, you're tempted to probably wanna press Enter here. So, if you press Enter, it just goes to the next line. So, that's not what you wanna do. And, if you press Esc, it'll actually prompt you and ask what it was you were trying to do. If you're trying to cancel the note, it's asking do you wanna keep the changes, and you say no, then the note will disappear.
But, if you say yes, it'll stay. So, again, the easiest way to get out of the text command is to just simply click next to it. Then, you avoid any of the ambiguity there. All right. So, let me delete this note. Now, when you have a note, there's too little integrated grip controls that appear on the note. So, we can use this one to relocate it and drag it around. And we can use this one to rotate it. Now, if you rotate it beyond a certain point, it actually flips it, so that it stays right reading. So, that's kind of an interesting feature. Now, the thing that might be really obvious about this note, after I've placed it, is it's rather large.
So, if I select the note, we can see why. Because, over here on the Properties, the text type here is 1/4'' Arial. Now, there are other text types available. Like 3/32'' Arial. So just what do they mean by 1/4'' and 3/32" Arial? Those sizes are the actual height of the text. And if I click the text and go to Edit Type, you can see that right here. So, it's using the Arial font, and it's 3/32'' tall. That's the final printed height of the text.
So, when you print out this view, at scale, it'll be 3/32'' tall. It is dependent on scale. So, if I take the scale of the drawing here, and I change it to 1/4'', notice that all the annotation in the view got smaller. The level head's got smaller, the section mark, and the text. So, all of this is tied to the scale. Furthermore, text is like any other annotation. It is view specific. Which means that, if you want to see the stone parapet note in other views, you have to place it there, as well.
It won't appear there automatically. It's not part of the model, it's not automatic. Now, let me drag this a little closer to the building. Let's zoom in a little bit, so I can see a little bit of the building in the background, and, maybe you wanna actually point this note to something. So, over here, on the Modify tab, you have some Leader options, and you can add straight or curved leaders, on the left or the right side. So, I'll add a leader on the right side. That gives me two control grips here. I'll drag this one to point at the parapet, and this one, to create a little elbow, and you'll even feel it snap right there, when it goes to horizontal.
Now, that's one way to do it. But, maybe you'd like to add the text and the leader in a single step. So, if you look at the Leader panel before you start placing the text, you've got your Leader options here. One segment, two segment, or curved. So I'll do a two segment leader, and then over here, I'm gonna change to 3/32" Arial, before I start to type. And now, the first point you pick will actually be the arrowhead of the leader. So I'm gonna point at this soldier course here, drag out, when it gets nearby another elbow, it will offer a snap to it, so I'll click right there, and now I'm lined up, and it will also offer a snap right here.
And then, I'll type in my new note. When you click an empty space to complete this note, the note will actually pop over to the left hand side. What's happening is, because we snapped together the two leader points here, Revit is maintaining that relationship, and just moving the note accordingly. Now, that's true, even though I'm currently using align left justification. Now, where you would see align left justification come into play, is, if I cancel out the command, and I grab one of these control grips, and drag it slightly.
The note will word wrap on to a second line. And notice that everything is lined up on the left. Now, that does have an impact on the leader here, so I'm going to undo that, so that it goes back to the way it was. Now, if you'd rather have all the notes lined up on the left, simply take this note and drag it with the little drag control until it lines up. And then take this elbow, and drag it until it lines up. And now, the notes are all aligned, as opposed to the leaders. So, it's really up to you, on which graphical effect you'd like.
Now, let's say there was another item over here that I wanted to point at brick's soldier course too. I can select the same note and add multiple leaders. You can add them on the left, or you can even add more of them on the right. So, even though I already had a leader on the right, I can add a second one. Now, if you decide you wanna remove a leader, you've only got one button for that. So, unfortunately, it's gonna remove them in the order they were added. So, if I only wanna keep the one on the right, I have to remove them both first, and then add the one on the right back again, and then I can drag it and point it over to this second soldier course.
All right, let me add another note. So, I'll go back to the Text command. This time I'm gonna do it without a leader, and I'm gonna click right about here. Type in the note, click in empty space to finish, cancel the command, zoom in a little bit, and notice that the face brick note is actually covering up the surface pattern underneath. Let's select this note and investigate why that is. If you click Edit Type, there's a setting right here for the background, and it's currently set to Opaque.
Now, it can be Transparent, and then, the surface pattern, will go through. But I think the Opaque is a little bit nicer in this case, so I'm gonna leave it set to that. Now, here you can see the font and the 3/32'' size, which we talked about earlier. And, let me zoom out here a little bit. And then go back in. These arrowheads are controlled in this dialogue as well. So currently, they're Arrow 30 Degrees, but if you choose one of your other options, like a 20 Degree arrow here that's filled, you can see that they now all use a filled arrow.
There's other settings here as well. Like Bold, Italic, and Underline. So, let's say I chose Italic. That would actually make all of the text Italic everywhere that you're using the 3/32'' Arial. So, I'm gonna uncheck that and click OK. As an alternative, let's say that I create another note. So, I'm gonna click maybe right here. And I'm actually gonna type a rather long note here. I'll click next to it to complete the note. Now, this is a rather long note here, so I'm going to grab this little grip at the end, and start to drag it, and that'll begin word wrapping it on to multiple lines.
And then, I'll click Modify to get out of there. And then, let's zoom in a little. If you click into this note, and then click again, you're now into the Editor. And, instead of making the text type Italic, you can actually select individual words and make them Italic. Or individual words and make them Bold or Underlined. So, using these different tools, you now have direct control over just the selection, as opposed to the entire note. I can select this number three here, and I can make it a superscript, and indicate that there's a footnote.
Now here, I've typed in some items that I've called a list. If I select all of those items, I can make it a bullet list, or a numbered list, or a lettered list. So, there's lots to choose from. I'm gonna go back to a numbered list, and, if I select some of the sub items here, and use the Indent button, it will actually create a sub list, and it will increment to big letter A, in this case. Or, if I go down to this item only, and Indent it again, now it goes to small letter a.
And, of course, I could click next to this and rewrap that a little bit differently. You can select some of the text, and you can actually change the case here. So, I can make it all Caps, or I can reverse that and go back to lower case. If you don't like the distance here, between that's being used in the tab for the list, that's actually back in Edit Type. So, the Tab Size right here is what's controlling how big that Indent is. And, if I make it smaller and click OK, it effects the entire list.
So, whether you're doing simple notes with leaders pointing to features in the model, or whether you are creating these long general notes with integrated sub list, the text features in Revit are gonna give you tools to be able to add the text to your drawings and do it in a very interactive way.
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