Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video Hiding and isolating objects in a model, part of Revit 2018: Essential Training for Architecture (Imperial).
This movie I want to talk about two ways that you can hide or isolate elements. The first way is going to be temporary, where you just want to get something out of the way while you're working and so you use display modes to hide some eletments or isolate some elements so you can do your work and then you restore it. And then, the second way is going to be a permanent hide but its going to be at the object level as opposed to the category level. So, in previous movies we looked at visibility graphics, which would allow us to hide an entire category. When we do it by element, its going to be object by object and they'll be cases when you might choose to do that.
So let's start with temporary hide isolate. This is a command that allows us to just quickly grabs some objects on screen and then, hide that selection to get it out of our way. So, for example, I'm going to zoom in a little bit here on this building in 3D and maybe I want to do something to this foundation wall down here. Now, you see that I can move my mouse in there and I can highlight the foundation wall but I can't see it. So, it might be more convenient to be able to get a good look at that wall before I make any changes to it. Well, this object is currently concealing it so this object is actually a linked file which is the site plan for this project.
So, all I have to do is select the site plan link and then down on the view control bar there's this small little icon that looks like sunglasses I'll click that and choose hide element. Now this is a temporary hide. So, there'll a border that goes the screen telling me that we're currently in the temporary hide isolate mode. Now I can get to these walls. I can select them; make whatever changes I want to make and then when I'm done, I'd want to reset the display back again so that all hidden elements would be restored.
You just click the sunglasses the second time and you choose reset temporary hide isolate. Simple. I could do the same thing if I want to actually get to get this roof out of the way. Go to hide element and now I can actually see into the building and actually start to see the geometry within there. And then, sometimes you say well, I need to also hide this additional element, that ceiling element and now I can actually get to the toilet stalls or the other plumbing elements that might be in that space. So, those are examples of just hiding one or two elements so that you can get an object out of your way.
Now, you can actually also hide by category. So, if I select one of these columns out here at the front. If I do the same little popup and I choose hide category instead of hide element then it won't be just this column that gets hidden, it'll be all of them. So, when I do hide category, you'll see all of those columns will disappear. Now actually, there was also several columns within the building that disappeared as well. So, let's reset the temporary hide. I'll select one of the columns and the opposite of hiding is isolating.
So with the single column selected, this time I'm going to choose isolate category. And now, based on the object I had selected, it'll hide everything that's not a column. So you can see that these were all columns as well. Alright. So those are a few different examples of using temporary hide isolate to make it easier for you to get some particular task done that you're doing within a view. Select the objects that are in the way and you hide them and then you go about the task and then reset when you're finished.
Let's open up the level 1 furniture plan and look at a different way to hide things. The temporary hide command is temporary. It only exists in the current work session. You either reset it yourself manually or when you close Revit for the day and go home. When you come back tomorrow it'll automatically be reset. The next way that I'm going to show you to hide things is not temporary. It's a permanent hide. But, its focused on just what you have selected. So sometimes you just need to hide a certain element because you just want that one element hidden.
A good example might be this section line right here. So this section line I used to create that facade at the front of the building. Now, I don't want to hide by category. Right? If I went to visibility graphics and I went to annotation objects, scrolled down, located the section category and unchecked it. It will hide all of the section marks, including the ones over here that I did want to see. So, I'm going to undo that with Control+ Z. Instead, I only want this one section line hidden because it's a temporary section.
I'm not really ready to delete it yet. But, just the same I don't want it displaying on screen. So, all I have to do is select it and you can either right-click and choose hide in view by element or you can use this light bulb right here and choose hide elements. EH is the shortcut for that. That will hide only the object you have selected and nothing else. Let's get another example. I'm going to open up the foundation plan. Now, when I take a quick glance at this foundation plan, I notice this object sitting here in the middle of the view.
Now, when I highlight it, it says it's a generic model. But, I'm not really sure why it's there . What that actually is, is this opening element right here. Now I could open the family and investigate and try and figure out a way to hide that element without using the element hide method. But, I want to be really careful about hiding the generic model category because generic model is often for a lot of different things. So, if I hide that category, I might hide way way to much stuff. So, this is another example where you might just simply choose to select that object, go to the hide by element and just hide that one object.
So let me go back to level 1 furniture. And, those are just a few examples where you might choose to use the hide by element. Now let's say that work is progressing and then, for whatever reason, you decide you need to work on that facade and you'd like to get that section displayed again. How do you get it back? Okay, we didn't delete it so it's still there., but it's hidden. And, unlike temporary hide, when you close the file and reopen it, it'll still be hidden. This is a permanent hide. So, if you want to restore something you've previously hidden then you have to go to the reveal element mode. You get to the reveal elements mode on the view control bar, right next to the sunglasses.
So it's the small little light bulb icon right here. When I click that, it;ll put this reddish-pink border around the screen and all of the previously hidden elements will appear in that same reddish-pink color. So, if I wanted to bring this section mark back, I just simply select it and then up here on the ribbon you'll see there's an unhide element button. Now, notice that previously hidden categories also appear here as well. So, in this case, it's showing me that the electrical fixtures category is actually a hidden category in this view. So, if I wanted to unhide that category, I could select anyone of the elements and unhide that category.
In this case, I'm going to leave them hidden. When you're done restoring the display of any of the hidden elements you can toggle off the mode, you can either click the light bulb here again, like you did to get into the mode, or you can use this large button right here to toggle it off to get back to the main display of your view. So, whenever you want to just get something out of the way temporarily while your working, to get rid of some of the clutter on screen, you're going to use the temporary hide and isolate modes. Those are available on the small little sunglasses popup on the view control bar.
Whenever you want to hide something permanently, but you can to it by category, you can hide it by element. I do encourage you to hide by element sparingly. So, try not to get carried away and hide everything by element. By category is always a little bit nicer. But, when you can't get the job done by category, it's certainly appropriate to use hide by element.
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