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

Section Planes

When working with Scenes, Graphics, Layers, and other settings you can also introduce multiple Section Planes to see inside of your model

  1. Click the Section icon from the main toolbar

  2. Hover your mouse over one of the glass faces - the arrow indicators show that the section will cut into the building

  3. Click to place the Section plane. The plane scales to the size of your model, and stays selected (hence the blue color)

  4. Click the plane start the move tool and push the plane inward. Click again to place the plane down. Once you're happy with the location of the Section Plane, click Esc to clear the selection

  5. Go to the Layers tab. Two new layers have been generated - Section Indicators and Section Cut 1. Toggle Section Cut 1 off and back on. This controls the cut effect. Now toggle the Section Indicator layer off, this hides the plane, and the arrow indicators

  6. Go to the Visual Styles tab. On the Surfaces panel, turn on the Poche color - it defaults to Black. This effect will color the inside faces of the section cut with a specified color

  7. You can add up to 6 section cuts to your model. You can experiment by navigating to the Aerial View scene and placing a section plane that removes the roof

  8. Make sure to return to the Scenes tab and update your scenes, so that your Section graphics are stored

Export Image

  1. Click File > Export (Ctrl + E)

  2. Choose As Image from the bottom of the list

  3. Choose the resolution from the Preset drop down list. Note that if you have any element selected in the canvas, the selection color will be exported too

If you want to the file for this completed section, download and open the farnsworth11.axm file from the FormIt Primer folder.