Exporting High Quality Views from Revit for Reports


Wanting to save a view as an image for reports? There are a few easy steps to taking higher-quality image shots within Revit as a Render image. It will store the image in the Revit Project Browser, after which the image view in Revit is exported to a standalone file for creating reports.

Let’s get into the details.

Select a View

The view can be plan, section, 3D, or whichever you need. Set the view as needed to optimize how it will be presented in the report. Shading and Sun settings can be set for best presentation.

When I use a 3D view with a section box, I want to zoom to a portion of the model to illustrate a point in my report to the project’s stakeholders. From the image below, after I have spun the oriented the view as needed, I am ready to save the view as an image.

Screenshot

Save the Project as a Image

Do a right click on the view name in the project browser and right click on the name to open the context-based tools. Select “Save to Project as Image.”

Context menu Save to Project as Image

This will then bring up a setting dialog box.

Create Image Output Settings

Just follow the setup per the image above, giving consideration on how “Save Image to Project” would need to be optimized for your report.

After the image is saved, look in the Project Browser for the saved image under the Rendering Category. Custom browser organization might not display the Renders category.

Rendering image in Project Browser

Before beginning to export the freshly created view(s), save the project in a way that makes it visible in the list of views to export. Go to the Revit Start Icon in the upper left corner of the Revit session. Keep in mind that there are many export options, and it’s necessary to scroll down near the bottom to find the “Export as Image” option.

Export as Image

It’s worth nothing that the “Export Image” dialog box does offer a way to directly export the current view, as opposed to the steps we went through to create the Render views beforehand. The process shown above, however, lets us set up several views to save to the Renders category and be exported in one step.

Export Image Settings

After exporting, browse to the folder the Project is in, and find the files that were created in the Export procedure.

rme_advanced_sample_project_DSM - Rendering - Image for Report

rme_advanced_sample_project_DSM - Rendering - Opposite view

The quality might be a little better than a screen grab.

I have to share this little gem.

We all know when placing a family component to the model that the spacebar option rotates the family along a 90-degree segment, right?

Well, try this option: When the non-hosted family must be rotated in respect to a previously placed line or reference plane of some unknown angle in the model, place the family and then rotate it.

Next, begin to place the component family and then hover the family over the angled reference (or arc), highlighting the reference (line, wall, etc). Click on the spacebar; the preview placements will flip between perpendicular or parallel to the reference object.

Autodesk Live

If you need to share something more than static images with the project team and stakeholders, consider using Autodesk Live, which is a cloud-based solution for uploading Revit models and rendering them in minutes without tying up system resources.

It’s an easy workflow with an add-in application loaded to the Add-ins tab in Revit. Using an Editor tool, tweak lighting and shadows to best reflect lighting conditions specific to the time of the year with graphics settings.

Next, add a bit of render stylizing to the view and publish the views for client presentations. Then share the model link to the project team and its stakeholders by using a free download called Live Viewer.

The Live Editor uses .lvmd files, created using the Revit Live. Live Editor is subscription software and only available on Windows platforms. It allows you to perform several tasks:

  • Explore your model’s interior and exterior
  • Change the sun’s position
  • Experience the design in virtual reality
  • Query objects to see their BIM information
  • Add, delete, rename and reorder the Points-of-View
  • Set the Home view
  • Select the rendering style
  • Publish a presentation as a .live file so others can view it using Live Viewer on Windows or an iPad.

If you have a VR headset, Autodesk Live will make the experience even more immersive for client and team members with capability to navigate the model.

Watch this video of Autodesk Live in Action to see how you can take advantage of it.

A good word to describe David is “mentor.” Whether he’s doing project management, troubleshooting, or training, he personalizes his communications for each person to ensure they will be successful. Customers like the way he provides the details they need to understand both the techniques and the underlying concepts.

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