Monday 8 October 2012

Using the Silhouette tool

Ever used the Silhouette tool in Revit??

This is applicable for both RAC 2012 and 2013, however in 2013 you can use the silhouette tool on all view types whereas on 2012 it’s only available on Wireframe, Hidden Line, Shaded and Consistent Colours.

Under the Graphic Display Options you can select what line style you can use for Silhouette…. But firstly let me explain exactly what this feature can do…

When using Silhouette you can select a Line Style that will be applied to the leading edge of objects.
See the effect on the samples below.

In the days of hand drafting I was taught to outline the building and main features with heavy pen, this would help define the building and make the sheet easier to read… the Silhouette tool will do this for you.

You can select from the drop down selection the range of Line Styles available to you, what I have done was created a new Line Style called “Silhouette” which I can then adjust the line weight as desired.

Revit will automatically apply a line style to silhouette edges.

All Silhouette edges are view-specific, so if you want to apply the Silhouette to other views just create a View Template which you can apply to the other views.

After you have applied silhouette edges to the model, there may be edges you do not want to display in silhouette. You can remove these lines as necessary.

To apply a line style to a silhouette edge:

  1. On the View Control Bar, click  > (Visual Style) > Hidden Line, Shaded, or Realistic.
Silhouette edges are not available for Wireframe or Shaded model graphic styles.

  1. On the View Control Bar, click  > (Shadows Off/On) > Graphic Display Options.
  2. In the Graphic Display Options dialog, in the Model Display panel, select a Silhouette style (for example, Wide Lines).
  3. Click OK.
To remove a line style from a silhouette edge:

  1. Click Modify tab View panel (Linework).
  2. In the Type Selector, select <Not Silhouette>.
  3. Select the edges in silhouette, and the silhouette is removed.
     No Silhouette   

 Silhouette using Medium lines

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