Autodesk Revit: View Scales

In this Autodesk Revit tutorial I am going to explain how View Scales work. If you’d like to watch the video version of this tutorial first, simply click in the box below…



Many view types in Revit contain a “View Scale” property- such a Flor Plans, Ceilings Plans, Sections, Elevations, Callouts, Drafting Views. The “View Scale” parameter allows you to set the scale at which this particular view will be printed out at. If you’ve come to Revit from AutoCAD you’ll be used to the concept of scaling your viewports in order to set the printed scale. You’ll be very pleased to learn that there is no such convoluted process in Revit- simply set the scale on a “per view” basis, place the views on to sheets and then print the sheets.

The really clever bit comes when we look at the relationship between annotation elements (i.e. text notes) and model elements (i.e. walls, doors, windows, etc). Revit handles the differential scaling between these two types of elements automatically. Let’s take a simple example in order to demonstrate this. Below is a simple floor plan, currently set to “1:200” scale. It has Room Tags on  it- these are (essentially) the text notes in each room. The Tags are created in a 5mm high font….



Look down at the bottom left hand corner of the active view window. Here you will find the View Control Bar. The first button on the View Control Bar is the View Scale….





You can see that this view is indeed set to “1:200”. Go ahead and click on this button. Doing so immediately brings out a pop-up showing you a list of all the available scales you can choose from. At the top of the list is “Custom”- use this if you need a scale that isn;t contained in the list…





When you choose “Custom” it brings up a small panel where you can type in the value you need. You can also set a different name to be displayed for this scale, if you need to…





Hit “Cancel” to put the “Custom Scale” panel away. Now let’s change the scale of this view to “1:100”. In the image below is the view once I have changed it to 1:100….




Compare this to the image of the floor plan (at 1:200) at the start of this tutorial. Notice how the Tags (text notes) now appear smaller in relation to the rooms around them. In fact the Tags have stayed the same size (i.e. 5mm high font)- it is the model elements that have increased in scale. So Revit has automatically handled the text size and the model element size for you. You k now that if you print out this view, the model will scale at 1:100 and the text will actually measure 5mm high on the sheet. This is a BIG improvement over AutoCAD with regards the scaling the design and associated text notes.

When we place our scaled view into a sheet, it comes in (automatically) with a “Title Bar”….





Notice (in the image above) how the Title Bar displays the scale of the view. SO you could have a large sheet with many different views, all at different scales- and Revit will tell the reader (of the sheet) what the scale of each view is.





You can also change the scale of a view via it’s “View Properties”. To do so, just make the view active and ensure no object is selected. You will then see the properties for the views listed in the Properties Palette. The very first property in the list of “Instance Parameters” is “View Scale”. Click on the view and you get the same list of scale (including the “Custom” option) pop up, as if you’d hit the icon on the View Control Bar

Key Points

  • Each Model View has it’s own “View Scale” property.
  • You can change the scale of a view at any time- from it’s View Control Bar or View Properties
  • Revit maintains text notes (tags, etc) at their actual printed size, regardless of the scale of the underlying model
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