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Revit tip - Make your Revit Callouts look the way you want

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During training sessions, I have the privilege of working with talented design professionals who know what they want when it comes to design presentation. Consequently they will ask challenging questions to achieve their goals, and the answer to this one, ‘How do I customise the look of the Callout frame?’, is worth sharing.

The immediate question is how to make the corners square? We have an answer for this; it’s all about changing the radius to zero, and I’ll explain how to do that below. Also, what about the colour of the frame and the line type - for instance a dashed line? Here's how:

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1. Specify the type of callout head and the radius of the callout bubble.

2. In a project, click on the Manage tab, in the Settings panel find Additional Settings (the big spanner), drop down and select Callout Tags.

3. In the Type Properties dialogue, specify the type of Callout Head to use.

4. For Corner Radius, specify the radius of the corners for the callout bubble. So for a square corner, set the radius to zero, and if your practice uses round callouts, set the radius to a large value.

5. Click OK.

Remember that this has changed the specific type of family and will affect all callouts in your project that are using this style. If you need different callout styles, use the Duplicate button first to create a new Type, and then make the radius change. This would be considered best practice.

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The Call boundary, the frame itself, by default, is set to the thinnest line weight and the colour is black; both of these can be changed to suit your company style. Here’s how:

In Revit we have a central style control panel that determines how every category of element, both from 3D and 2D families, is presented; this management tool is called Object Styles, and it is found on the left hand side of the Manage tab.

On first opening Object Styles we have a very busy dialog box with a series of tabs across the top. As the Callout frame is a 2D detail, to change this we need to click on the Annotation Objects tab.

Look down the category list and find Callout Boundary; to the right we have the chance to change line weight, colour and style to suite your preferences. To re-cap:

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1. In a project, on the Manage tab in the Settings panel, click on Object Styles.

2. Click on the Annotation Objects tab.

3. Under Category, expand the Callout Boundary.

4. Use the Line Weight, Line Colour, and Line Pattern columns to specify the desired settings for callout boundaries, callout leader lines, and callout heads.

5. Click OK.

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Just about everything in Revit can be customised to suit your style of presentation, but it needs setting up, just as it does in any other CAD package, such as AutoCAD with Layer styles. In this example, we have customised the Callout boundary in a project, so it only affects this active project, and will have no impact on future new projects. If you would like the changes you have made here to become your company's standard, then make the same changes to your Revit template file (. rte file), and in this way your Revit template will produce your designs in the presentation style that you desire over time.

You can also watch the process below:

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