As an architect, I like to provide clients with a “presentation” type of drawing that shows the walls with solid fills so that wall locations stand out and clients don’t get confused by any other linework inside the walls. While these plotted drawings are typically provided during the schematic design stage of the project, I like to provide these throughout the project for various presentation purposes. Autodesk Revit provides an easy way to display walls in this solid filled method.
The first step is to create a view specifically for this presentation floor plan. You can duplicate an existing floor plan view or create a new floor plan view for this new view.
While in the newly created presentation view, type VV or VG to go into Visibility Graphics for the view, or go into the View Properties and select the Edit button next to the Visibility/Graphics Overrides option.
In the Visibility/Graphics Overrides dialog box, go to the Model Categories tab. Scroll down and select the row labeled Walls. In the column labeled Cut Patterns, select the Override button.
In the Fill Pattern Graphics dialog box, pick the arrow to the right of the Pattern option, then select the Solid Fill pattern. Pick the OK buttons to exit the dialog boxes.
The walls in that view will now display with solid fills. I suggest creating a view template for presentation views and having that view template in your project template file.
Note that the same technique can be utilized for building sections to show walls, floors, and roofs as solid. Simply override the Roofs and Floors categories in addition to the Walls category.
Man, you saved me at least 3 hours of work to create presentation drawings from Revit. You are great.
Normally I would Export Revit to Cad, then import CAD into InDesign and Illustrator to color fill with paint, and also change line weights there. What a newbie I was, and my prof. clearly stated that theres no way to do that in Revit. You should be a prof (if you are not already one, lol).
Thanks again boss
That is very nice to know, esp. since revit doesn’t close all of its lines on the 2d drawing. Thanks Doug!
THANK YOU!!!!! Saved me time also! Lot’s of time! One click of a button…nice!
Thank you. was looking for a solution for some time. But if you dont mind can you do one more thing. i tried to fill the color for my ducts and pipes. but i have 4 kinds of duct that i want in 4 colors. in this way all the ducts changing to one color. can you please have a look???
For getting ductwork to display as different colors, I suggest utilizing Filters. Filters will allow you to have the ductwork display a specific color based upon criteria that you specify in the filter.
Thanks for the reply. i tried it. its working. the problem that i am having is i have two ducts in the same system. that is fresh air and supply air which is using the same system type. i can fill color in one system but i cant add another filter criteria for the same system type. one more doubt. i have objects placed in different levels in my project. that is ranging from -4000 to +4000. now if i move my cursor over these objects, the objects that are in a high level is picking. but when i try to pick objects in lower level basically below zero level its not picking. could you please help??? the view range that is set is 8000, 1200, 0, -5000 from top to bottom.
Thanks and regards
Hi Doug, great info here. I would like to take it one step further and fill only a portion of a wall. For example: I have a wall which is 4″ wood, and 5″ brick, and I want the wood portion of the wall colored differently than the brick. Is there a way to do this?
What you want to do is possible, but not with the same technique and not necessarily as easy. To get what you desire, you need to actually change the wall stud material definition to show the solid fill as the Cut Pattern for the material. The problem with this is that all of the stud walls will always show with a solid fill. If you do not want stud walls to always show the solid fill, you can create a second material with the solid fill cut pattern. You would then need to change wall types to have the desired material. If the same wall is desired to have solid fill sometimes and not have it at other times, it may be easier to have 2 different wall types that are the same except for the stud material in the wall and switch them out when you want the solid fill.
I hope that helps.
Have found the solution I was looking for thanks to your post. The golden ticket was changing the “cut pattern” to solid fill within the material editor. I had thought that assigning a color to the material was enough, but the cut pattern is required for it to display.
Thanks so much!
i was wondering if there was a way to do the same with columns or piers??? I like to create a similar presentation showing the piers of my building solid in plan… Any info would be appreciated..
Structural and architectural columns both work the same way as walls.
Hi, I have changed the settings in material editor, but the black fill doesn’t show up when I render the section, how do I make it work?
Changing settings in the material editor is a completely different process than the article describes and the information in this article is not meant for rendering purposes. Also, modifying the material editor for sections will affect the appearance of that specific material in all sections in the model showing that material versus just a specific view, which is the purpose of this article.
Works great with black, but when you want to fill the wall with say, red, then there is still the black border which is visible. How to make that black outline red too?
Thanks in anticipation
Just to the left of the Patterns column that was changed to Solid Fill is a column under Cut named Lines. Pick on the cell directly adjacent to the one you changed for the fill and change the color to Red for it. That way both the Cut Lines and Cut Patterns are set to Red.
Thanks for replying. I tried that. However, it only works for the walls that I created using masses. The walls which were created using the regular wall tab still retain their black borders.
I have no trouble getting the wall lines to display as desired. You likely have settings somewhere in the display system that are overriding this option.
HOW CAN I IN-FILL SOME WALL AND NOT OTHERS ?