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Revit TotD – 2.24.10 | Render Texture Alignment

If had a nickel for every time someone asked me why Revit can’t render lights in the proper place on a tiles ceiling, I’d… well I’d be sitting back and writing these instead of writing these between work hours.

Now, if I had a nickel for every time the person that asked me that told me they have never cracked open the Revit manual, I’d be writing these tips from my private island!

Let’s not lie, we’ve all rendered something and seen this before.  I’m looking at my 3D Preview, everything looks great.

You hit render… and wait… and wait.. wait….. what the?!?…

WHAT HAPPENED TO MY CEILING TILES!?  Yeah, you know it.  Did you know there’s a way to align the render materials?  What if I told you it’s less than painful to do this in 2010 (sorry, 2008 is a bit more extensive process if I remember correctly)?  I’ll even show you!

This is all done from the materials setting dialogue.

Find the Material containing the texture you wish to align.

Go to the Render Appearance Tab

In order for this to work, it’s important that the texture map is set up to be really close to the same size as the surface pattern.  So if you have a 2’x2′ surface pattern set to the material to represent the tiles in a Reflected Ceiling Plan (RCP), then you should have the image map set to appear close to 2’x2′

Click “Align Texture”

Here you can align the texture map on top of the surface pattern (see why the sizes need to be set up correctly now!?).

Click OK a few times, and try that render now!

Assuming you set your lights up corectly in your RCP you should now see your lights rendered in the correct place!

Thanks again for stopping by!  I sincerely hope you learned something from this tip.  Feel free to comment and give feedback.  Stop by again, for the next Revit TotD!


Revit TotD – 7.5.09: Let that Bump do the Work

How many times have you wanted the material look that Revit provides, just with a different color?  There’s a good chance that you’ve wanted this at some point before and after digging for the answer, you found that the answer isn’t quite as simple as you’d hoped.  Someone probably told you that you had to edit the image file used for render texture, then you had to find the image file and oh my goodness it got messy computer parts flying everywhere ensued… no?  Well, here’s a quick tip that should help ease the pain a little and it utilizes that little bump file that most Revit materials come with out of the box.

Changing Material Colors:

  1. With the material that you want to edit open, go to the Render Appearance tab.
  2. Check for a bump pattern being used in the material.  If the material does not have a bump file in use, this method will not work.
  3. For Color:, choose Solid color instead of Image file and select the desired color for the material.
  4. If you Update Preview, you will see that this may just wash out the pattern.
  5. Increase the amount of bump the bump image file provides to define the texture better.
  6. Update Preview again.  Repeat until the texture appears how you want it to appear.
  7. Hit OK and re-render the scene.

I like the short and sweet ones!  Means we can all go do other things! Till next time, thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you for another, Revit TotD!



Revit TotD – 7.29.09: Don’t Skip the SKP Mats

Another simple, quick yet useful tip today!  A while back we mentioned Sketchup in our Topo tip, today I’m going to show you how to assign a material to that topo (or any object really) that you bring in to Revit from Sketchup.

Assigning Materials to Sketchup Imports:

  1. In the Material library (Manage > Materials) look for a list of “Render Material ###-###-###
  2. Select the different materials until you find one that matches the Shaded color appearance.
  3. Change the shaded color to verify you have the correct material.
  4. Once you know it is the correct material, rename the material and change any property you wish!

Overriding Line Edge Properties:

  1. Select the SKP object in the model (you may need a view other than Floor Plan to see what you want to see).
  2. Select Query in the Ribbon Options
  3. Select the object in the model to get a property dialog showing you the following information:
  4. Open the Visibility Graphics dialog (type ‘VG‘) and find the Layer/Subcategory that the object you queried resides on.  It will be under the Imported Objects tab.
  5. Change the line settings!


Well, hope that didn’t hurt too bad!  Note that while there are better methods to use on imports from 3DS and DWG, this method will still work for almost all imported 3D objects with materials!  Thanks again for stopping by, and I hope to see you again, for another Revit TotD!



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