Revit for Landscape Architecture: Halftone Off-Site Elements

In Revit, one method to halftone off-site elements in a view is to utilize Parameters and View Filters.

The first step is to set up a Parameter that helps differentiate elements that are on-site versus off-site.

  1. Go to the Manage tab > Settings panel > Project Parameters tool
  2. Select the ‘Add’ button and create a parameter similar to that shown below. (Note: In the Categories section, make sure to check all necessary elements that the parameter will be used for.)

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The next step is to input the value of this new Parameter for the various elements that are located off-site. In the example below, multiple trees are selected, and the value of the new Parameter found in the Properties Palette is filled in as ‘OFF-SITE’.

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Next, create a View Filter that allows control of visibility settings for all off-site elements.

  1. Go to the Properties Palette > Visibility /Graphics Override parameter and select the ‘Edit’ button.
  2. In the dialog box, switch to the ‘Filters’ tab
  3. Select the ‘Edit/New’ button and create a Rule-based Filter similar to the one shown below. Then select OK. (Note: In the Categories section, make sure to check all necessary elements that the filter will be used for. These must match categories checked when first creating the parameter.)

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  1. Back in the Visibility/Graphic Overrides dialog, select the ‘Add’ button. Then select the new filter and hit OK.

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  1. Back in the Visibility/Graphic Overrides dialog, the visibility settings can now be overridden for all off-site elements. As an example, check the box under the ‘Halftone’ column for the new filter. Then hit OK. (Note: Projection and Cut settings can also be overridden.)

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In the view, all off-site elements should now display halftoned, similar to the image below.

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Additionally, for more efficiency, the new View Filter can be included in View Templates.

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Katrina Vea Rodriguez

Sr Building Solutions Applications Expert<br><br>Katrina is a California-licensed architect with over 21 years of experience in the AEC industry. Her involvements include a wide range of project types, with specialization in commercial and hospitality. Katrina is a Revit Certified Professional and Autodesk Certified Instructor. She provides training, consulting, solutions and technical support to AEC companies.

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