Revit Architecture: Model Lines and Model Text

In this Revit Tutorial I am going to introduce you to both Model Lines and Model Text. To demonstrate the use of the these tools, I am going to create some simple court markings for a Sports Hall and also put some 3D text onto it’s wall.



We are going to start with Model Lines and then move onto Model Text after. IN the image below you can see my (very) simple SPorts Hall model. We are firstly going to add some court markings to the floor using Model Lines…..

First of all select the “Architecture” menu and then select “Model Line” on the “Model” panel…..



Next let’s divert our attention to the Options Bar. And specifically the “Placement Plane” drop-down selector. This is how we tell Revit which plane we wish to draw these 3D Model Lines on to. Go ahead and select “Pick…” from the drop-down…



This immediately invokes the “Work Plane” dialogue box. You can see the Current Work plane is set to “Level 0” which (as a matter of fact) would be fine for drawing our Model Lines onto the upper surface of the floor element. However, I just want to take you through manually picking a new Work Plane- that way in the future you will be able to set it for ANY plane that you may need. Go ahead and pick the “Pick a plane” option…..



You can now hover your cursor over the model (in the active view) and Revit will highlight (in blue) all the possible planes that you can choose to set as your Work Plane. Hover over the edge of the floor element until it’s boundary highlights in blue and then click to set it as your current Work Plane…..


Before you actually draw any lines onto the Work Plane (i.e. the floor)- choose which Line Style you want from the drop-down selector on the Ribbon menu. I am going to go with “Wide Lines”….



With my Line Style chosen I can now proceed to actually draw some lines. To start with I have placed a simple rectangle onto the floor….



In reality, it will be much easier to switch to a view where your active Work Plane is perpendicular to your View. So in this example (or drawing on a floor plate) we would be much better working in a Floor Plan view. IN the image below you can see that I have used a combination of rectangles, lines and arcs to create my simple court markings. I have “Hidden in View” the nearest wall so that you can see the floor element clearly…..


Right, now let’s move onto Model Text. First of all I am going to show you how to set a new Work Plane (to place the Text on) BEFORE we activate the “Model Text” tool. First of all switch to the “Architecture” menu and then select “Set” from the “Work Plane” panel at the far right hand side…..



Just as we did previously, select the “Pick a plane” option (1) once the “Work Plane” dialogue box opens. Now go ahead and hover over the rear wall and select this to be the Current Work Plane (2)…..



With the Work Plane set, you can now now activate the “Model Text” tool. This can be found on the “Architecture” menu….



When you activate this tool, you are immediately presented with the “Edit Text” panel. This is where you type in the text that you actually want to appear in 3D in your model. For this tutorial, I am going to place the words “Sports Hall” on the rear wall. go ahead and type this in now and hit “OK”….



You can own hover your cursor over the Work Plane (remember we set this to be the rear wall) and click to actually place the text element….



If you want to change any of the attribute of the text (i.e. the font, size, thickness, etc) first of all select it (1) and then hit “Edit Type” (2) in the Properties Palette. This will open the Type Properties dialogue box. In here you will find all the parameters you need (3) in order to stylise the text element…..


Key Points

  • Model Text and Model Lines are true 3D elements
  • They can be seen in 3D, camera, plan, section and elevation views
  • Model Lines can sometimes be used to embellish your model instead of adding complex geometry.
  • Set the Work Plane on which you wish to create these elements- using tools on the “Work Plane” panel.
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