Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video Using object styles, part of Revit 2018: Essential Training for Architecture (Imperial).
- [Voiceover] There are lots of ways you can manipulate the graphics of the various views in your Revit project, and there is many different techniques that you'll use throughout the course of working in a Revit project, but it all starts with Object Styles. So, in this movie, I want to look at the Object Styles dialog box, and give you an idea of the scope of any changes that you make within Object Styles. So, I'm looking at a section view right now, and I want to point out a few issues that I have with the graphics right here. If you look at the walls in this section, you can see that the edges of the walls are these nice, bold lines.
But then if you compare that to the floor slabs and the ceilings, you can see that the line weights used for those two elements are much lighter. Now, you might be tempted to go right in and start manipulating the graphics of those elements. Most of the graphical manipulations that you make in Revit are view specific modifications. So, if we use visibility graphics, for example, or if we override element in view, both of which we'll be looking at in future movies; those changes would only take place here in the view that I'm in, Longitudinal Section, in this case.
Well, what I want to do, is open up another section, Transverse Section, and I'm going to zoom in here, and notice that we have a similar condition in this view. So, again here's a wall, displaying nice and bold. Then, here's our floor and here's our ceiling which are using the lighter line weight. So, the same exact issue occurs here that did in the other view. So, rather than go view by view and repeat the same changes over and over again, what we want to do is first consider our Object Styles.
Object Styles is like your master control panel for all of the graphical settings throughout your project, and it's imperative that you get the settings in Object Styles configured the way that you want first before you embark on any customization. Now, customization will certainly be appropriate in many cases. But, until you've identified Object Styles, it's really not a good idea to start customizing. So, let's go to the Manage tab, and here on the Settings panel, we'll click the Object Styles button. All of the categories in a Revit project are listed here in Object Styles, and they're grouped into these different tabs across the top.
We're going to focus only on the Model tab. Now, there is a Filter list at the top, and if you wish you can deselect the disciplines that you are not interested in. In my case, I'm going to leave it set to show all. So, it's showing all of the disciplines, but for example if you're only interested in Architecture, you could uncheck the others, and if I scroll down a little bit, and locate the Floors category, that's what we're seeing right here. You can see that there are two Line Weight settings for the Floors category.
There's a Projection Line Weight, and a Cut Line Weight. Projection is any floor that you see beyond. So, if you're looking in Plan view, or in Section or in Elevation view, and the floor is off in the distance, then Projection is what you are seeing. However, if you slice through the floor, like you would see in section cuts, then it's actually the Cut Line Weight that we're seeing. Now, the same is true for any cuttable element, and if I scroll down here, here is the Walls element, and you'll see that the settings are configured a little differently here.
So, we're still using a pen weight 2 in Projection, so if there's some wall off in the distance beyond then that's what we're seeing those walls displayed as, but when we slice through the walls in this view, it's using a pen weight 4, and that accounts for the difference that you're seeing here. So, I'm going to scroll back up to the Floors element, select it, click here, and change the pen weight to pen 4. Now, I've got the same issue for Ceilings. So, I'm going to scroll up, and locate the Ceilings element, and once again it's currently set to 2 and 2.
So, I'll change that to 2 and 4. When I click OK, you're going to see that the floor elements and the ceiling elements are now much bolder; they match the pen weight of the wall elements, and I think that graphic looks a lot nicer and gives it the punch that it needs. More importantly, if we go to the Longitudinal Section again, notice that the changes already applied here, because we changed it in Object Styles, it's a global change across the entire project. So, this is why I say it's really important that you first get your Object Styles configured the way that you want, before you start thinking about ways to customize.
Now, we'll look at plenty of opportunities to customize things in the coming movies. But, Object Styles is absolutely where you want to start. Now, I should point out that most firms have some sort of an office standard for the configuration of Object Styles. So, just be sure you check with your CAD or BIM manager before you make any changes in the dialog so that you're being compliant with whatever your office standards are.
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