Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Editing model element materials (doors, windows, and furniture), part of Cert Prep: Revit Architecture Certified Professional (2016).
- [Shaun] We're staying in the modeling chapter of our Revit Architecture professional certification prep course, and what we're going to look at now is editing materials and some of the component elements in a Revit Architecture project. Now you'll notice I'm in the north elevation of a new Revit project, and it's called RevitProject_MATERIALS.rvt You can download that from your lynda.com exercise files, and, obviously, save it somewhere locally and use it to follow along with the video accordingly.
Make sure, though, you are in the north elevation. Now, what I suggest that we do in the north elevation is that down on the view control bar we change our detail level to Fine because you'll notice, then, did you see the little doorknobs, the ironmongery of the door kick in there? And, also, set your visual style to consistent colors. That way when we do make the changes to the materials, you can see the color change as well. We're going to zoom in now on the double doors, making sure that we can see that right-hand window there as well because we're gonna change the window in a little while as well.
Now, if I select those double doors, you can see the temporary dimensions kick in. You can see the flip parameters kick in there as well, and you can see in the Properties palette and the type selector we have an external double flush door 1,810 by 2,110 millimeters. Now, if I want to change the materials of that door, what we'd have to do is go into Edit Type, and that takes us into Type Properties. Now, before you do anything else, and I cannot stress this enough, always duplicate. Don't overwrite the existing door family that you've got.
So what we'll do is we'll change this, and we'll just put something in there like NEW. Then we know it's the new one and not the old one, if you see what I mean. Obviously, in a real life environment, you wouldn't just put NEW. That's kind of generic, but I'm just doing that so I know which one's which. Then you scroll down in your Type Properties, and you can see Materials and Finishes for the door. So we've got the door material, the frame of the door, and the ironmongery of the door. So if I go to Door Panel here and click on the little button here, it'll open up my material browser for door panels.
Now, you can see there that it's using Door Panel. I could change that to anything I want. I could change it to glass, fiberglass, even earth if I wanted to. There's lots of different materials available in Revit, as you can see, lots of glazing, lots of damp proofing. I could have concrete doors. There's a nice cherrywood there I could perhaps utilize instead. Now, obviously, I can scroll, and I can look at any type of material or any type of kind of material that's available to me. If I come down here, though, I've got paint, I've got white lining, I've got oak flooring, and so on.
If I come down a little bit more, I've got plaster, plastic, render, roofing felt, and so on. Now, there's a softwood lumber there that I'm going to use. Can you see it, slightly paler with the RGB coloring here? And what I could do is I could use the render appearance in the shading if I wanted to. So you'll notice there's shading, and we've got it switched to consistent colors, so I could use the render appearance there and change that completely, and that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to apply that now and OK it, and then when I OK it again from my new external double flush door, you'll see that that changes.
Can you see it's changed color? And I've got like a lumber appearance to that. If I change that now to Shaded, can you see it kind of gives me a darker color? And if I go to something like Realistic, give it a few seconds to load up, and you can see now, if you zoom in, there's actually a grain on that. Can you see the grain if I zoom in really close? So you can see there that I can change these values. Now I'll just go back to consistent colors because it's quite dark otherwise. And as you can see, I've changed the material of the door. Now, if I select the door again, and, again, this is my new door, remember, so I go Edit Type like so, and I go for ironmongery, and I've got Door Handle there.
So if I click there now, I can choose Door Handle, or I could go for something else, like steel maybe. Let's scroll down and see whether we've got steel. So I come down here, there you go, stainless steel door ironmongery, so I can change that, click on OK, and click on OK again, and that will apply my stainless steel to the ironmongery. So if I go back to Realistic now, that will actually be, if I zoom in real close, stainless steel. Can you see the little shine on there? So that's now stainless steel door handles on that particular door, so I'll just zoom out so I can see the door and the window again.
And what I'll do is I'll set that back to my consistent colors. Now it's exactly the same with the window. If I select the window, it's a single plain window of that particular size. So I'll Edit Type, Duplicate, and I'll make sure that I put NEW in there again so I know it's the new one, click on OK, and I've got the materials and the finishes. So the Material Frame, Window Frame there. If I click there like so, the window frame at the moment is just Window Frame. I'm gonna change that to a wooden window frame. I click on OK there, click on OK again, and that updates accordingly, and you can see the color change again.
It's now a wooden window frame, whereas before it might have been aluminum or uPVC, for example, But that's how you go in and edit materials of your component families when you're working in Revit Architecture.
Once you're finished with this course, you can feel confident taking the Revit Architecture 2015 Certified Professional exam.
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- Importing DWG and image files
- Creating and modifying fill regions
- Changing elements
- Working with family types and parameters
- Modeling different architectural elements
- Controlling visibility
- Creating duplicated views
- Organizing and sorting items in a schedule