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Thread: Open Revit file in Illustrator

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    Open Revit file in Illustrator

    Hey, I am trying to open my Elevation view from Revit in Illustrator.

    I tried all the export formats but my CS5 recognized none of them.

    Did anyone have same problem?

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    You can either create a PDF which is imho the best option, or export to DWG 2004. llustrator doesn't recognize dwg 2010.
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    An .eps export (or similar) should definately be on the wishlist - there's some argument presentation work can sit within Revit, but there's still somethings better suited to being done outside of it.

    Out of interest, what are you trying to achieve?

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    I had a look on Google what is .eps and it seams that what i am looking for. Thanks a lot. I did download driver but it is not appearing in my Print to ....window.
    Can you please suggest me website for the revit to .eps format converter.

    I would be happy to do all my presentation drawings in Revit but I'm new to the program and for me Illustrator is a shot cut. If you can suggest some tutorials on this subject, I would love to find my way around Revit without bouncing files between Adobe Suite. Usually I will have 2D, 3D in Revit and then adding color and details in Photoshop but quality of jpg is not that sharp as pdf. After Photoshop, files going to InDesign were I lay them out and adding some text.

    If you have an idea how I can do it all in Revet, let me know please, it will save me lots of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vik View Post
    I had a look on Google what is .eps and it seams that what i am looking for. Thanks a lot. I did download driver but it is not appearing in my Print to ....window.
    Without it being a native option I've never looked too far into it personally, but it's certainly something I used to do many moons ago with Autocad before M-Color made hatching a more tolerable process, before Autodesk saw sense and improved things, all in catch up with Bentley... so :
    Quote Originally Posted by Vik View Post
    Can you please suggest me website for the revit to .eps format converter.
    I'm afraid not, sorry.


    Quote Originally Posted by Vik View Post
    I would be happy to do all my presentation drawings in Revit but I'm new to the program and for me Illustrator is a shot cut. If you can suggest some tutorials on this subject, I would love to find my way around Revit without bouncing files between Adobe Suite.
    Clearly, the mileage you'll get out of Revit's graphical capabilities will vary on the effort you put in and whether or not putting that effort in, against your standard workflows, is worth it. Obviously, the "WIN" is that the more work you keep native, the more that will follow your model development, and limit setup-work in your complimentrary software. Good blogs to check out? Off the top of my head you want to track down Jason Grant & David Light's "Presentations that POP" from the AU (Autodesk University) lecture - it comes with datasets (models and whatnot) and some good howto/idea guides.... another one is Jeffery McGrew (sp?) - I think - who drops by now and then here as it goes - who's got a very nice render/composite cross-breed style to play with...

    Quote Originally Posted by Vik View Post
    Usually I will have 2D, 3D in Revit and then adding color and details in Photoshop but quality of jpg is not that sharp as pdf. After Photoshop, files going to InDesign were I lay them out and adding some text.
    Yes, working with rasterised images is a pain, and having vector graphics come out of Revit would be nice. If you've Autocad you can go via that (Export Revit to .dwg then to .eps) for far cleaner linework - and far lighter than a .pdf (or at least it was in the years when I used to do that. If you are doing a lot of post-processing then trying to get it all done in Revit will probably not suit my next suggestion - drop InDesign altogether and compile presentation sheets in Revit - but since Revit's still got fairly limited DTP abilities (OOTB text objects and crop boxes suck) then you'll still have to generate standalones.... and clearly, if you've a team competent in InDesign, but not Revit, then you've got to play to your team strengths.


    I'll have a fish around my bookmarks after I've posted this.
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    Here's the best of the bunch (for what I imagine you're trying to achieve) at Jason Grant's blog
    HERE

    I can't find Jeffery's just yet... I may have got my bloggers mixed up...

    But another two I forgot to mention :

    Peter McCarthy's provides some good reading/viewing on standard Revit presentation functionality HERE

    as does Andy Milburn in his GAJ blog HERE



    ...you'd also do well to dig around here, a fair few discussions on graphics (more renders than presentation mind) like this one HERE

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    It wasn't our Jeffery, it was a chap called Jereme... still, I think this is still one of the best examples posted on the web of composite workflows between Revit & Photoshop (that I've found) CHECK IT OUT HERE

    One technique that isn't discussed in any of these, and for me is key to speeding things up, is you can do away with wand selection for mask creation in P'Shop altogether by creating multiple duplicates of your view - where by you override elements and categories en masse with solid fills - then export those out and compile as layers. I only play with VIZ, I don't "do" it - so apologies if that's not the best description - but it's the best I can do!
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    Shades of Grey - this blog is also has some great presentation posts.
    Edit: oops, should have f5 before posting, sry.
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    Thank you snowyweson and cerboz, there is lots of useful info , of to go through all this exiting tutorials, this is exactly what I was looking for and even more.
    All the best !

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