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Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 11:09:01 AM | Trick: Fading elevations



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In 2D CAD software, one would normally draw a building elevation with the areas closest to you in a thicker line, and use thinner lines as sections of the building are further away from you. I had a problem with Revit automatically giving me the elevations all in one pen-line thickness; thus one cannot distinguish between what is closer or further on the elevation.

This can be overcome by drawing a few large sheets of glass cutting through the building (on plan). Set the transparency of the glass to 50%. Then hide the panes on plan. On the elevation the view would seem faded where you see a portion of the building through a pane of glass. A further portion of the building would seem faded even further if a second pane of glass is introduced between the first pane of glass and the building face. One would then crop the elevations, so that the glass edges are outside the crop-boundary, thus not visible.

It's tough describing the method in words; but it works like a bomb! If anyone has better ways of getting that 'fading" effect, pls let me know...

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Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 11:48:00 AM | Trick: Fading elevations




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Have you tried using linework tools to define darker/heavier lines etc... it seems like the glass would distort the integrity of the model.

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Sat, Jan 17, 2009 at 8:29:38 AM | Trick: Fading elevations




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The method that I prefer is to duplicate the elevations and adjust the view range in each to only show the relevant part of the elevation.  Each elevation can be faded to the relevant degree and snapped together on the sheet.

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Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 8:56:32 AM | Trick: Fading elevations



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Definitely a trick worth trying out. Thanks Tim123!

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Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 4:00:22 PM | Trick: Fading elevations




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I just right click, Override Graphics by Element. Pretty simple really.

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Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 5:04:52 PM | Trick: Fading elevations



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Talk about beating a dead horse!


"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. "
                             ~ Abraham Lincoln

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