Understanding Autodesk Revit Materials

19 Sep, 2013 By: Daniel Stine

Learn how to manipulate materials skillfully, and you'll be able to get the results you want from Revit.

Notice, in the image below, when the material appearance is set to Tiles, it is possible to change Tile Appearance to an image. This allows you to do some cool stuff: You can make a material to be a concrete walk, wood wall, or ceiling panelling, and much more.

In the image below, you can see a nested Texture Editor (notice the arrow) for the Tile Appearance settings.

Regarding rendering speed, the Autodesk Wiki Help page includes the following note:

The material render appearances that require the most time to render are (from slower to slowest): metallic paint, flecked metal, hammered metal, water, frosted glass, and perforated metal. Slower render times for these materials are proportional to how much of the scene they cover.

Material Settings Reference

The information below is an overview of several of the material settings and options.

1 2 3 4 5 6 

About the Author: Daniel Stine

Daniel Stine

Add comment

Note: Comments are moderated and will appear live after approval by the site moderator.

AutoCAD Tips!

Lynn Allen

In her easy-to-follow, friendly style, long-time Cadalyst contributing editor Lynn Allen guides you through a new feature or time-saving trick in every episode of her popular AutoCAD Video Tips. Subscribe to the free Cadalyst Video Picks newsletter, and we'll notify you every time a new video tip is published. All exclusively from Cadalyst!

Follow Lynn on TwitterFollow Lynn on Twitter

Do you use any augmented or virtual reality (AR or VR) technologies in your workflow?
Not yet, but we are planning to implement it.
No, but we think these technologies could hold value for us.
No; these technologies do not hold value for us.
Submit Vote

Download Cadalyst Magazine Special Edition