This video gives an introduction to the Visibility/Graphics Overrides of projection and cut lines in Revit.
- [Instructor] The visibility graphics tool controls the graphics display of elements within a single view. You can control the cut, projection and surface display of all categories of modeled elements, annotations and imported items. In this video we're going to use the visibility graphic override settings to override the objects tile settings of our Revit project. Then we'll use a view template to apply those changes to another view. Let's get started. Open the 01_02 exercise file.
If you check your project browser you should be in sheet 01_02_visgraphics. We're going to start in the floor plan to change our visibility graphics settings to change the appearance of the categories of objects we're looking at. Select the floor plan, right click and activate the view. If you go to the manage tab, select object styles. Here's a review. We've overridden furniture to be gray with a dash 1/16th line pattern.
We've set our planting to be green and then we'll also have a cut line weight of seven. Click OK. To access visibility graphics, you can type VV or VG for a keyboard shortcut or in the properties of your view, if you scroll down, you'll see visibility graphics. If you click edit, this you will bring you to the visibility graphics dialog. This menu's broken up by tabs. There's modeled categories, annotation categories, analytical model categories, imported categories and filters.
You may also see design options and Revit links based on your file. By default these tabs are always there. As certain elements are introduced to your project, there may be additional tabs based on those elements. Let's start with our furniture. If we scroll down to the furniture, under the projection surface we can add patterns. I'm going to make our furnitures be shaded gray. If I select overridden under patterns, I can add a color, I'm going to pick light gray and click OK.
Under pattern, I'm going to choose solid fill. I click OK and OK one more time. Now, if I look at my furniture it's solid gray. The object styles had a light gray dash for the outline of the furniture. This is the same color as our solid fill. I'm going to override the object style's gray color to be a darker gray. I go back to the visibility graphics menu and down to the furniture category, for project lines I can click override and I give them a line weight of two and select a darker gray than our solid fill hatch pattern.
For our pattern I'm going to leave it as what it is, so it says no override. I can click OK, click OK again. Now you can see the outline of our furniture's dash with a gray solid fill. Now I'm going to override the planting. If I go to visibility graphics and go down to planting, I can override all of the overrides to just be half tone by selecting the half tone checkbox. If I click OK you can see that all the plants in this view are half tone.
If I deactivate my view, and go look at my other floor plan, you'll see that the plants are still showing up with a full shade of green while the furniture is set to the object style settings. Right click and activate the floor plan. If you zoom in our walls our set with a seven line weight. That's a little thick for our floor plan. Also, our view is set to coarse scale. If I change it to medium, you'll see the individual layers of our walls, however, I may not want to see that for all the categories of objects in this file.
I'm going to leave this view setting to be coarse. Through the visibility graphics menu I can come down to walls. in the furthest right column you'll see detail level. I'm able to override either by view which uses coarse as the view setting or I can change that to be fine or medium to add the individual layers of my wall system. If I click OK, now I can see the wall layers and not everything in this view is set to fine. If I go to visibility graphics and scroll down to walls, I can change the cut line thickness of walls.
Here we have cut. I can click on the override for line. I'm going to make this is a four line weight. I'll click OK and OK one more time. Now I can easily see the individual layers of my wall systems and they are much less thick and cleaner presentation. Now that I've made my changes, I'd like to apply them to my other floor plan. I can do this from the view tab, under the graphics panel, I can select view templates and create a template from current view.
I can name the view. I'm going to name this Floor Plan and click OK. What this does is this takes all the view settings of this current view and makes that into a named collection of view settings. I can them apply these view settings to other views. If I click OK, you'll notice in the property in my view there's a parameter for view template. I can choose the view template that I just made and now this view is controlled by the view template that we created.
If I deactivate my view, and select my second floor plan, I can scroll in its properties and go to view template and assign the same floor plan view template that we created. I'll click OK and you'll see that the trees have become half tone, the furniture is now a shaded gray. Our walls are thinner and you can see the individual layers of our wall systems. The visibility graphics tool of Revit allows the user the ability to control the graphic display of categories of items in an individual view.
The visibility graphics setting can be stored as view templates that can be applied to similar view types saving you time when hoping to create consistent appearing graphics.
- Graphic display hierarchy in Revit
- Creating materials
- Paint colors
- Model patterns
- Revit presentation tools
- Working with parts
- Making exploded isometrics
- Annotating your view
- Creating a 3D view from a detail
- Creating graphic presentations