Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video Plotting and creating a PDF, part of Revit 2018: Essential Training for Architecture (Imperial).
- [Instructor] We've talked an awful lot about printing in this chapter, and now it's time to actually look at the print dialogue. So, first thing you usually want to do is decide what you want to print. Now, I should point out that you can print any of the views in your project, it doesn't have to be a sheet, but naturally we spend a lot of time setting up sheets in this chapter and so it's the sheets that I'm going to focus on. Now, usually it's a pretty good idea to kind of zoom in and have a look around and make sure that everything is set to your liking. So, assuming that everything is okay, then you can move on to the print commands. Now, I'm going to go to the file menu here, highlight print, and then over here we have three different commands.
And so we'll look at each on of these. We have print setup, which allows us to configure our print options, we have print preview, and then of course the print command. So, let's start with print setup right here. Now, when this displays, the first thing that you want to do is make sure that the printer up here is correct, that this is the printer that you want to use. Now, in my case, I'm just printing to PDF. You use the same dialogue, the same printing commands to either generate digital prints to PDF or to create a physical plot. So, what controls the difference is what printer you select.
Now, I can't change the printer here, so if I wanted to change the printer, I would cancel out of there, go back to the file menu, highlight print, and then chose the print dialogue, and then I can change the printer I want here. So, I'm going to leave it set to print to PDF, and so I can continue with the rest of the settings here. Now, some of the settings are obvious. What's the sheet size, do you want portrait or landscape, do you want to center the print, do you want to offset it from the corner? All I recommend that you do here is just experiment with the different settings and make sure that you're configuring them to your liking.
With vector and raster processing, usually vector is a little bit quicker but sometimes certain views like shaded views we'll be forced to use raster processing. So what I usually do is just leave it set to vector and if Revit prompts me and tells me I've got to use raster, I click okay. Now, as far as the zoom goes, this is how you tell it whether to print in scale or not. Right now, I've got a letter sized piece of paper selected by I've got an A-1 sheet. So, A-1 is much larger than a letter-sized sheet of paper. So, with fit to page, it'll just make it fit. It will not be printing to scale. If I change this to zoom 100%, then it will print at full size, so at that case I'd want to come over here and choose a more appropriate size sheet of paper.
So you definitely want to match up those settings. If you wanted to do a half-sized set, so maybe I want to print on a tabloid and change this to 50%, that's how you can do a half-sized set. So, a couple different options there. As far quality goes, I usually print the highest quality that I can, and I'll only dial that back if it's taking too long to print. As far as colors go, unless you've got a lot of colored objects on screen, you don't really have to worry about it, but it is possible to force everything to black lines. What I really want to talk about is these little check boxes down here, because there's a lot of really cool options here.
Now, I usually don't use this one, view links in blue. That just simply means that these blue references will actually print in blue. Let me jump over these hide options and talk about these others. Sometimes, your halftone lines don't print so well so they've got an option to force those to thin lines. When you're doing masking regions, sometimes the mask actually starts to cover up the thick lines next to it. So if you leave this unchecked, then the thick line will always take precedent, so I think it's a good idea to leave those unchecked. Now, we've talked about reference planes before, we've talked about crop boundaries before, and I'm going to talk about unreferenced view tags here in a minute.
We didn't talk about scope boxes, that's another kind of utility object. Those three elements, reference, plane, scope boxes and crop boundaries could be reasonably thought of as the only non-plotting elements in Revit. So, if you've got those check boxes selected, even though they're displaying on screen, those elements won't print. So if you forgot to hide a crop region, you don't have to worry that when you print you're going to get this big rectangle around your view for example. Just check that box and it will hide them all at print time. But my favorite setting in this entire dialogue is this one right here. This is hide unreferenced view tags.
Now, this is a referenced view tag, it says sheet one and A401. This over here in the break room is an unreferenced view tag, it's not filled in. If you uncheck this box and you click print, that call out will print, and it will be empty, and then you might get a call from the recipient saying "Hey, where's the elevation in the break room, "I don't see it." If you check this box, then that call out will disappear when you click print. So, I'm going to check that box, I'm going to click okay, and by the way, over here you have some save buttons, so if you do some custom configuration here and then you want to restore those settings later, you can actually save it or save as to create a custom print setup.
Alright, let's go back to the file menu, and under print, let's talk about print preview. So if you want to kind of check things out before you actually commit and click the print button, print preview can be a nice thing to do. Now, it's a little difficult to see because I can only zoom in so close here, but notice that the call out is not displayed in the break room but the section call out and the floor plan large call out are. The other thing you'll notice here is notice these orange lines. So, if you forget to hide and element that you don't want to print, guess what. It's going to print. So doing a print preview is usually a good idea to save you a little bit of grief in printing out a whole set of documents and then having to start over and do them again.
So, I'm going to go ahead and zoom back out here and then you can click the print button here if you're satisfied and move right to the print dialogue. So let's assume that I didn't mind that those orange lines were displaying, and let's continue here. At this point, you've configured your setup, you've decided what you want to print, the only thing that we have to do here is again make sure that you've chosen the correct printer, I'm doing a PDF, and because I'm doing a PDF, I get two options here. This option is by far the one I use most frequently. So, if I'm printing multiple sheets, it will combine all of those sheets together into a single PDF that's a multi-page PDF.
Now how do I print multiple sheets? You use this option right here, selected views and sheets. What this means is if you've previously checked a bunch of sheets and made a list of sheets, then that entire list of sheets will print at a single time, and it will be combined into a single PDF. Otherwise if you choose this, it will create a separate PDF for each sheet. So I like this, and then when I click okay, I'll get one nice PDF that contains all of the sheets. Now, I'll let you explore these settings further on your own, in your own system in particularly, since you have different plotters than I do, so instead of clicking okay here I'm just simply going to click cancel to dismiss that dialogue.
Now, I want to point out one other way that you can create your entire set of documents. If you want to print and keep working, there's a feature that gets installed automatically in the current release of Revit. If I come over here to the addons tab, there's this thing here called batch print. Now, this has actually been around for a while, but you previously has to install it manually. Well, now it installs automatically when you install Revit, and if you click the batch print, it will give you this dialogue that will allow you to expand either your views or your sheets and choose what you want to print.
So I'm going to check this box and say give me the whole set. If I click print here, then it will display this dialogue that says it's going to launch another instance of Revit in the background and print in the background. Now, it's warning me here that I might not want to change the project while this is happening, so read through the warning here and heed that, but what's nice about this is you can just sort of select a whole list of views or sheets, send it to batch plot, let it do its thing, and walk away from your desk. I'm going to go ahead and just click cancel here. So those are a couple different alternative ways that you can print a whole bunch of stuff instead of having to do it one view or one sheet at a time.
So, when you're ready to print, those are your options, and take your output, either paper or PDF and hand it off to the recipient.
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