Autodesk Revit: Hide or Override Graphics in View

In this Autodesk Revit tutorial I am going to show you how you can Hide or Override the Graphics of an element (or group of elements) in a specific view. If you’d like watch the video version of this tutorial first, simply click in the box below…



In order to explain the use of the “Hide / Override Graphics in View” function it is easier to do so with an example. In the image below you can see part of a Floor Plan view. In the enclosed room you can see 3 desks. We are going to work with the desk in the middle…




If we want to hide this desk in this view we first select it (1) and then right-click on our mouse. This brings up a floating, context-sensitive menu…





We now choose “Hide in View” (2). At this point a small fly-out menu appears. From the fly-out menu we choose “Elements” (3). Please Note: If we choose “Category” from the fly-out menu then ALL the desk would be made invisible because it would turn off the category of the object selected. As we have a desk selected, it would turn off the “Furniture” category- thus ALL three desk would then disappear. That’s why we choose “Elements”- because we want this “override” to only apply to the selected elements.

Once we select “Elements” from the fly-out menu, the middle desk is immediately hidden…





But what if we do not want to completely hide an element? What if we want to change it’s appearance in some way, just in this view. Well that’s where “Override Graphics in View” comes into play. Let’s do this now with the bottom desk…..





Go ahead and select the bottom desk (1) and right-click on your mouse. When the floating, context-sensitive menu appears choose “Override Graphics in View” (2). Again, choose “Element…” (3). When you do so, a panel named “View-Specific Element Graphics” will appear….





Using the settings contained within this panel you can change many aspects of an element’s appearance. With reference to the image above:

  1. Make the element visible or not. This is exactly the same as the “Hide in View” tool we just used.
  2. Halftone: Make the element halftone in colour.
  3. Project Lines: Change the line style, colour and width of the lines of the object that are seen in projection (i.e. NOT when the is cut through)
  4. Surface Patterns: Override the patterns used on the surface of the element
  5. Surface Transparency: This presents a slider where you can choose a value between 0 and 100 to control the transparency of all the surfaces that make up the element.
Let’s go ahead and make this desk halftone in colour. Check the Halftone box- (2) in the image above.





Let’s now apply a different Graphic Override to one of the Wall instances. Go ahead and select the wall instance just below the halftone desk…






Again, right-click and choose “Override Graphics in View” > “Element”. This time I’m going to change the “Cut Lines”. These are all the lines that represent where the element is cut through. I’m going to change the Line Weight to 9, the colour to Magenta and the Line Pattern to “Hidden”. When I apply these overrides, my wall element looks like this…..





I could have applied these overrides “by category”, in which case ALL the wall (in this view ONLY) would have this appearance.

Key Points

  • You can Hide specific elements (or groups of elements) in a view- using the “Hide in View” tool.
  • You can change the appearance of specific elements (or groups of elements) in a view using the “Override Elements in View” tool
  • These overrides that you apply only effect elements in the view in which they are initiated.
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