Visual Styles

Moving your conceptual model to Revit for documentation is only half of the deliverables that come from FormIt. The other half are beautiful graphics that help to tell a story to a client, or team member. We'll cover ways to set up your camera scenes, your graphic visual styles, and export your images at high resolution.

If you did not complete the last section, download and open the farnsworth10.axm file from the FormIt Primer folder.


  1. Open the Scenes palette

  2. Double click the only saved Scene - the camera animates to take you to that stored viewpoint.

  3. The visual styles, shadow settings, and layer states update to what was stored when that scene was set up.

  4. In the Scenes Palette click the "+" icon to add a new scene.

  5. In the Scene Properties - lower in the palette - rename the new scene and Aerial. The checkboxes determine whether changes to these settings affect the scene

  6. Navigate the camera to an aerial view. Turn on the trees layer and turn off the plan image layer

  7. Single-click on the Aerial scene and then click the update icon. This will reset the scene to the current camera viewpoint and properties.

  8. Press the Play icon to animate the camera through the saved scenes.

  9. Click the Stop icon to end the animation.

Visual Styles

  1. Double-click the original Scene to navigate to it. Turn on the trees layer and turn off the plan image layer.

  2. Select the Visual Styles Palette. There are four tabs at the top for different effects: Surfaces, Edges, Environment, and Model Diagnostics.

  3. Turn Monotone Surfaces (DM) on. This makes an abstract black and white image without any materials. To turn Monotone off just type DM again

  4. Turn on Ambient Shadows (DA), and from the Edge tab, adjust the sliders to lighten the contrast of the edges and silhouettes to 30%. Also turn on the Extend Edges (DX).

  5. You can update the scene to record the changes, or click the "+" icon to save a new scene with the current settings.