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Understanding Revit Line Styles

Line Styles define the appearance of lines created within Revit. We’re offered a selection of Line Styles when we use the ‘Detail Line’ and ‘Linework’ commands. These tools allow us to create or modify lines respectively.

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To draw detail lines select – Annotate – Detail Line – select the desired shape and Line Style.

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To edit existing lines, select the ‘Linework’ command – select desired Line Style from dropdown (in this case ‘Hidden Lines’– select lines to modify. To revert the line back to its original status, select the element (in the example shown above, the door) hover over the desired line which will highlight, select the ‘’ line style, this will change the line back to the default line style for the category ‘door’.

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The choice of line style is defined by the ‘Line Styles’ command, available from Manage - Additional Settings – Line Styles, here we will be able to edit and create line styles.

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Line Style are defined by their Line Weight, Line Colour and Line Pattern. Select ‘New’ to create additional line styles, provide a description, values for line Weight, Colour and Pattern. The new line style will now be available from the dropdown.

Various line styles are available, although their intended use may not be that obvious, to help overcome this issue, the list below, shows their intended use.
Note. Some line styles are enclosed in chevrons, this indicates they have a specific use. (i.e. defined by the ‘System’ not the user.)

• -Area Boundary- Used within an Area Plan to denote the site boundary, the ‘Area Boundary’ command will automatically use this line style.

• -Beyond- Used to denote any part of the model that resides within the ‘View Depth’ variable. This can be found in the ‘View Range’ option of any Plan.

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• -Centreline- Annotation line style used by the user while drawing a line with the ‘Detail Line ‘command.

• -Demolished- Annotation line style used by the user while drawing a line with the ‘Detail Line ‘command.

• -Fabric Envelope- Used to denote the area sketch while using the ‘Fabric Area’ command.

Understanding Revit Line Styles 8 • -Fabric Sheets- Used to denote the Sheet Boundary while using the ‘Fabric Area’ command.

• -Hidden- Annotation line style used by the user while drawing a line with the ‘Detail Line ‘command.

• -Overhead- Annotation line style used by the user while drawing a line with the ‘Detail Line ‘command.

• -Room Separation- Used to denote the boundary of a ‘Room’ while using the ‘Room Separation’ command.

• -Sketch- Used in various commands to define a boundary, typically whenever an ‘Edit Sketch’ option is offered. i.e. Floors, Walls, Roofs.

• -Space Separation- Used to denote the boundary of a ‘Space’ while using the ‘Space Separation’ command.

• Axis of Rotation. Used to define an axis while revolving a profile, typically while using the revolve option of ‘Model in Place’.

• Hidden Lines. Annotation line style used by the user while drawing a line with the ‘Detail Line ‘command.

• Insulation Batting Lines. Used as the line style for insulation created with the annotation command ‘Insulation’.

• Lines. Annotation line style used by the user while drawing a line with the ‘Detail Line ‘command.

• Medium. Annotation line style used by the user while drawing a line with the ‘Detail Line ‘command.

• MEP Hidden. Used as the default line style to denote hidden detail of MEP ductwork, Pipework etc.

• Thin. Annotation line style used by the user while drawing a line with the ‘Detail Line ‘command.

• Wide. Annotation line style used by the user while drawing a line with the ‘Detail Line ‘command.

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