Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing DWG and image files, part of Cert Prep: Revit Architecture Certified Professional (2016).
- [Instructor] We're now going to look at importing DWG and image files into Revit Architecture. Now, you'll notice at the top of the screen there, we've got a new Revit project open. That is RevitProject_IMPORT. Download that from your Linda.com exercise files. It's a very, very simple Revit project. You can see we've got four walls, one, two, three, and four. Bottom left corner, I'm gonna insert a little patio planter. So it's gonna allow me to add a little extra piece of detail to this particular Revit model.
Now, when you go to the insert tab on the ribbon in Revit Architecture, you can see that you've got a link panel here, and an import panel. Now, you can link a CAD file, you can import a CAD file. There's a difference between the two. When you link a CAD file, any changes to the CAD file are reflected the next time you open the Revit project. When you import a CAD file, it's a one-off snapshot of the CAD file at that particular point in time. Now, if you want to bring in images, you'll also notice you've got import images. And you cannot link an image, you can only import them.
So if I go to image there, that'll prompt me to bring images in. You'll notice there, import image. And you've got various different file supports there as well, things like JPEG, BMP, and so on. So you can bring an image in in the same way you can bring in a DWG file. You'll also notice you have this thing here called a decal, where you can place a decal, and you've got decal types. Now, a decal is a JPEG, but you're placing it onto an element within the Revit Architecture model. Typical example of that, you might have a Revit family that is a television, let's say a large 50 inch plasma TV, and you want to put a decal on the screen of the TV to make it look like the television is on, perhaps when you're rendering.
So if you want to place a decal, you click there like so, and you go and look for the decal types in the project. If there aren't any, what you would do is you'd import them like so. New decal, and you'd go and find it and work through the dialogue boxes. Now, what we're looking at is linking a DWG file. So what I'm going to do is I'm gonna go link CAD here, like so, and you'll notice we've already got one ready to go, which is the PATIO_PLANTER.dwg. Now that's available, again, in your Linda.com exercise files. Now, colors I'm gonna preserve. I want them to be the original colors of the CAD file itself.
I want all the layers. I've set it to millimeters, because my original Revit project is in millimeters. And you'll notice you can correct any lines that are slightly off-axis as well. Now, we're gonna go origin to origin, like so. We want, obviously, the origin of the CAD file to relate to the origin of the Revit project. And we're placing it at level zero, which is the level we're in in the project browser. When I click on open, you'll notice there's my little patio planter. If I zoom in, it's a little CAD file that is square in shape, and there's the little planting area there.
And that's linked in, purely because we're sharing the coordinates here. The origin is there, on that corner, and the origin of this patio planter is the top left corner at zero, zero in the CAD file itself. So that's how you link your CAD files, your image files, and place decals in Revit Architecture.
Once you're finished with this course, you can feel confident taking the Revit Architecture 2015 Certified Professional exam.
- What is Autodesk certification?
- 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