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Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 9:15:40 AM | Transparency of elements and rendering

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I'm putting this in the Systems forum because that's primarily what I use, but if there's a solution I'm sure it will apply to all disciplines. Using Revit MEP 2013.

 

I'm trying to find a way to take my Realistic view with it's transparency settings for walls and ceilings - to show piping and ductwork beyond - and render it exactly as I have it set up. Unfortunately, all categories and materials revert to their original opaque settings when using Render. Is there a way, without editing every material to be transparent, to render a view using the transparency settings already applied? This would be especially handy in creating a walk-thru where you'd like to show systems hidden behind the finished materials.

 

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Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 3:03:34 PM | Transparency of elements and rendering

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Excelent question, Revit promotes itself showing images like its opening presentation (attachment) but they are impossible to do. I feel as if they were lying to us.



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Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 3:21:19 PM | Transparency of elements and rendering

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Here's a shot that only took me a few minutes to set up. Ceilings and Roofs are off, Walls and such set to 50%, Ductwork set to 30%. I think this looks great and demonstrates to a client what we're going to provide. I have no idea how I'd get it to render like this without spending days editing materials. I'm playing with it in 3ds MAX but that has the same limitations.



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Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 3:28:09 PM | Transparency of elements and rendering

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Beautiful !  But i didn't understand. . . . where did you set those 50% and 30%. Is that mep 2013 transparencies? If so, how can I do it in 2012?

Ah! that's a realistic view, not a render. isnt it?



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Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 3:42:34 PM | Transparency of elements and rendering

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Yes, this is done in 2013. 2012 can do something similar, in Visibility Graphics there's the option to check Ghost Surfaces. This is a straight 50% transparency. In 2013 they provide a slider that lets you set the percentage. Not a huge improvement, but pretty nice if you want something to stand out just a little bit more.

 

I think I could get this looking even better if I played with the transparency of sub-categories. But then I'd have to play with the Arch model to  add subcategories for interior and exterior walls, or break it into 2 models. There's a ton you can do, but you still can't make a walk-thru that looks like this.


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