View range is critical setting of any floor plan view. Understanding it can sometimes be a challenge because unlike sections, there are no onscreen graphics to customize its size and shape. This video introduces the view range feature and explains it primary settings.
- [Voiceover] So let's start with the definition of exactly what view range is. View range is simply a set of numbers that control how much of a model will be displayed in any kind of a floor plan or reflective ceiling plan. In other words, if you slice through the model at a certain height and then consider a little bit of space above and below that slice, you have the view range for a floor plan. Now it's much easier to understand the cutting behavior when you're talking about a section or elevation because sections have these really nice graphics that we see in our revit model.
So when you click on a section, you see this little dash line and it very clearly indicates exactly what portion of the model you're cutting through. But unfortunately, view range does not have any on screen graphics. So what we have instead is when you open up the view range dialogue, you'll see a series of numbers indicating four zones within the view range dialogue and there's a graphic that you can actually display directly in the dialogue that comes from the help file. And that graphic explains what each of these parts of the view range are.
So here's an enlarged version of that graphic. And you could certainly open up the autodesk help file to see this graphic and some more details explaining what each of these numbered regions is. But if you focus on region number five, that's considered the primary view range. And what I like to imagine is, just think of an imaginary box that slices through your building that's represented by that blue shaded range. And that's really what we're talking about when we talk about the view range. So what I've done is I've actually created a family that represents that three dimensional box.
And so you can see it here on screen in this view. And I've also superimposed the cut plane somewhere in the middle of the box. So that you can kind of see graphically what's going on here. So if you imagine that this box slices through the building and I always like to think of this as sort of like a pizza box because it sorta has that shape. It's very short but it's wide and deep. And it slices through the building at a certain height. That give a sort of feel of what the view range is really meant to represent. Now the view range has actually these four values that we saw in the previous dialogue.
So if I open up this view, what we can see here is that same graphic just now with each of the four zones superimposed on top of it. So a view range has it's cut plane which is where we're slicing through the graphics. But there's also a certain region above that cut plane up to a zone called top. There's another region down below, down to region called bottom. And then there's an optional region called view depth. Now we're gonna talk about each of these zones in turn throughout the course of the next several movies.
But now I just want you to understand that these are the pieces of the view range dialogue that we'll have to dig into. Now if you're talking about a reflected ceiling plan, it does not actually have a bottom. Instead the bottom is where the cut is. And we're only considering what's going on above that cut. And then that view depth portion of the reflected ceiling plan actually occurs above top. So that could make it a little bit confusing but once again, once we dig into the view range dialogue and it's settings this will become a little bit more clear.
Now if you'd prefer to look at this orthographically, I have a couple other views here to help explain it as well. This is just the same graphics shown superimposed over an elevation for floor plan and for reflected ceiling. And then if you'd rather have it superimposed over a section, you can see it here for floor plan and reflected ceiling. So over the course of the next several movies, we'll begin digging into the view range dialogue and looking at each of these zones in turn and begin understanding how those settings behave.
Both floor plans and reflected ceiling plans will be considered, as well as roof and foundation plans. Once you have completed this course, you will finally understand exactly how Revit view range works.