Time again for another Tip from the Trenches. Thanks again to Emmanuel Di Giacomo, BIM Technical Advisor CSE based in France.
Enhancing Your Sky
Basic 3D views are very simple to achieve and can be really attractive. But did you know that you could enhance then by 2 or 3 simple clicks? Just adding an artificial sky…
Let's see how to achieve that with the project below.
To start, first click at the bottom of your 3D View window on the "Shadows button" on select the "Graphic Display" item from the drop up menu.
The Graphic Display options dialog box will then appear. Just check the "Gradient Background" check box in order to activate the sky visibility.
You can also change the default Sky colors by clicking on the "Sky Color" button. The Horizon color will be the second gradient color. Let's for example change the sky color as shown below.
Here's the kind of result that you should get. Nice isn't it?
Can you remember this request a few years ago for having the ability to put this kind of Gradient background on an elevation view? Well, this is not directly possible but we have an easy tip that will help you achieve it. Read details below.
Switch to your 3D axonometric view.
On your Full Navigation Wheel, click on the small arrow located at the bottom, then choose the "Orient to View" item and finally select the "South Elevation" (for example) item.
The view will be correctly oriented.
You can hide the section box by right clicking on top of it and "Hide in View > Element". You can also activate the "Drop Shadow" Options.
Once the shadows activated, you can proceed as in our first step on the perspective view. This is what you should approximately get.
You can then drop this view on a Sheet. The only issue is that you won't be able to get the Level symbols and to annotate it.
To do so, you will have to superimpose 2 views on a printing sheet. One Standard Elevation View with all its annotations as shown below + one Axonometric oriented view with its gradient background.
To get the Gradient Background View empty, and be able to position on a Print Sheet, you'll have to deactivate all categories except floors, and hide all upper floors. Just keep the ground floor in order for Revit Architecture to understand that the view is not empty.
Then, create a Print Sheet, whatever format is needed for your project. Drop your 3D empty view on top of it.
Revit Architecture will propose you to center your currently being dropped elevation view exactly at the place it should be with the help of some intelligent flashing axis, see below. Release the mouse button once you're OK.
This is what you should get. You can now refine your presentation by redefining the crop limits of your Gradient Background. Just activate the view and set it correctly.
And this is the final result!