Understanding Autodesk Revit Materials

18 Sep, 2013 By: Daniel Stine

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

Searching for Available Materials and Assets

When you need a new material, searching the project and Autodesk libraries is the best place to start (see image below). Sometimes a material does not exist, as in this "fence" example, but an appearance asset does; that will get you part of the way there.

Searching the Asset library reveals a chain-link fence option.

When this asset is loaded into a material, it contains several settings, such as image size, cutout, and Bump.

The three images below demonstrate how I created a fence render appearance (visible in realistic and rendered views). First, I did a Google Images search and quickly found an image of a fence that I could tile. Then I made a copy of the image, edited it in Photoshop to yield the middle image below (which took about one minute), and then assigned this image as the "cutout" on the Appearance tab. The black areas in the cutout image are the transparent portions, as seen in the rendered image on the right.

The main image and cutout image were combined to produce the result shown at right.

For the fence example, you would still need to manually add the Identify and Graphics information (for example, the surface pattern and Texture Alignment to make the drafting views and rendered views align).

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