Visualization Exercises

Architectural Revit Advanced - Visualization Exercises

Lesson Overview

In this lesson, you learn how to render a view of a model using tools in Revit Architecture. Before we get into creating 3D views and renderings in Revit, it is important to understand the Linear Perspective. There are (3) different types of linear perspective. One Point Perspective, Two Point perspective, and Three Point Perspective.  Lines define the Linear perspective and help to render objects. These lines lead to the virtual space on a flat drawing board. These lines are the structure of the actual drawings and sketches. All lines end virtually to one point, which creates one single vanishing point. This kind of perspective is called One Point Linear Perspective

Two Point Linear Perspective represents depth and width of objects with 4 lines, which meet at 2 separate point at the horizon. The vertical lines representing the height of the objects are parallel toward infinity. Three Point Linear Perspective is similar to Two Point Linear Perspective, with a big difference, which adds more depth and complexity to the Perspective. The vertical lines meet in a third point above or below the objects.

One Point Perspective
One Point Perspective
Two Point Perspective
Two Point Perspective
Three Point Perspective
Three Point Perspective

Revit takes advantage of Three Point Linear Perspective, which allows architects to create more vibrant and realistic 3D views of their concepts and designs. 

Concepts Addressed:

  • Create a camera view for rendering
  • Configure rendering properties

Revit contains a complete rendering module. View tab and Render dialog box hold tools to create presentation views of a project model.

In this exercise, you place a camera in a model, add plantings to the model, generate a rendering, change materials, and create a second rendering.

Architectural Revit Advanced - Visualization Exercises - Final Image
The Completed Exercise

This image shows the final rendering on this exercise. This is just an example, what we are shooting for, but you can always take your renderings into next level to create more realistically looking images.

In this exercise, you will learn how to:

  • Place a camera in the plan view
  • Create a raytrace setup
  • Place site planting components in the model
  • Generate and capture components
  • Edit materials in model components
  • Generate and capture a second render image.

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Exercises Open File
Step 1:

Open file:
VisualizationRendering_Exercise04.rvt

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Exercises Open The Side View
Step 2:

Open the Site view.

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Exercises Create Panel Click Camera
Step 3:

Click View tab, then on Create panel click on 3D View/ Camera

Click to place the camera to the lower left/right of the view. Pull the cursor up and to the right/left to locate the target behind the model, as shown in the image.

If you place the camera too close to the model, you can adjust both the scope of the view and the position of the camera.

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Exercises Camera Perspective View
Step 4:

The camera perspective view opens, and a new 3D named View 1 displays in the Project Browser under 3D Views.

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Step 5
Step 5:

Open the Site view again. The camera will be visible. If necessary, select the camera and drag it farther away from your model.

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Show Camera
Step 6:

To adjust the camera position at any time:

  • Open a floor plan view
  • Select the name of the 3D view perspective view you wish to adjust
  • Right-Click
  • Click "Show Camera"

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Exercises Camera Perspective View
Step 7:

Return to the perspective view. Adjust the sides of the crop region border by selecting the blue control dots and dragging them closer to model as shown.

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Exercises Render Setup Show Rendering Diolog
Render Setup

Step 8:

On the View Control Bar, click "Show Rendering Dialog." Move the dialog box so you can see the view window clearly.

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Exercises Background Style
Step 9:

In the “Background Style List”, select “Very Few Clouds.”

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Exercises Accept Default
Step 10:

Accept the default settings for “Quality, Output Settings, and Lighting.” Click “Render.” Revit generates a raytrace image in the view.

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Exercises Sitre Components
Enhance the Model

Step 11:

Go back to Site view. On the Massing & Site tab, Model Site panel, click "Site Component."

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Exercises Rpc Tree Schumard Oak
Step 12:

Place four instances of RPC Tree: Deciduous Schumard Oak – 30’ approximately as shown.

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Exercises Camera Perspective View
Step 13:

Open view 3D View 1.

  • Click Render to create a new rendering image
  • Adjust the positions of the trees (in the Site view) as necessary.
  • Set the Quality Setting to "Medium."
  • Click Render.

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Exercises Save To Project
Step 14:

In the Rendering dialog box, click "Save to Project."
In the "Save to Project" dialog box, clock OK. revit places the image in its own view.

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Exercises Show Model
Step 15:

In the Rendering dialog box, click "Show the Model."
The model displays in the view, and you can nor select elements for editing.

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Exercises  Change Materials
Step 16:

Select the roof. On the Properties palette, click "Edit Type".

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Exercises  Change Materials
Step 17:

Click "Edit" in the Structure field.

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Exercises Roofing Materials
Step 18:

In the Layer 1 Material field, click the icon next to Roofing to select a different material or change the color of current material.

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Exercises Roofing Wood Shake
Step 19:

In the Materials list, select "Roofing-Wood Shake".

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Exercises 3 Times Ok To Exit
Step 20:

Then Click (30) times OK to apply changes and exit the dialog box.

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Exercises Wall Properties
Step 21:

Select an Exterior wall. Click on "Edit Type" on the Properties palette.

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Exercises Wall Edit Type
Step 22:

Click Edit in the Structure field.

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Exercises Wall Finish Materials
Step 23:

Select the icon next to Masonry - Brick in the "Layer 1 Material" field.

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Exercises Render Appearance
Step 24:

Click the Render "Appearance" tab.

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Exercises Replace Render
Step 25:

Click on "Replace this Asset" button, highlighted with an arrow.

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Exercises Uniform Running Orange
Step 26:

  • Open Appearance Library. Select Masonry/ Brick category.
  • Select Masonry - Brick Uniform Running Brown.

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Exercises 3 Times Ok To Exit
Step 27:

Then Click (30) times OK to apply changes and exit the dialog box.

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Exercises New Render
Step 28:

In the Rendering dialog box, click Render.

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Exercises Save To Project
Step 29:

In the Rendering dialog box, click "Save to Project."
In the "Save to Project" dialog box, clock OK. revit places the image in its own view.

Architectural Revit Advanced Visualization Exercises 3d View
Step 30:

Click "OK". the new image is placed in its own view.

These images are now available as options to present to a client. You have previously worked on exporting images and printing.

Save your file as "VisualizationRendering_Exercise04_finished.rvt"


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