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    Ambient Shadows - Brightness

    Is there a way to change the brightness of ambient shadows? I want them lighter than default, but I can't find out how to change it.

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    Open your render settings and hit the Adjust Exposure button. I think that's the setting you want.
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    I'd try messing with the sun and ambient light sliders under the graphic display options for the view. This will affect how everything displays though, not just the ambient shadows.

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    The Hidden Line visual style often has very dark ambient shadows, especially for objects far from the camera, and there isn't much you can do about it. But... ambient shadows are much lighter in Shaded views, and the Sun and Ambient Light sliders actually have an effect on the image. I usually just keep them both at 100.

    I use this and then check the "print colors as monochrome" or similar option in the printer setup. Obviously, this won't work if the sheet you are plotting also needs color, but it works well otherwise.

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    I generally use a special type of thin wall, that's only visible in the view I'm working in, and set its transparency, so I can soften the parts of the building that are far from the camera
    (I use an option set, with different options for each view : south elevation, north elevation, view from street and so on...)
    It's quite convenient to bring more depth to elevations - and the option tip gives you enough flexibility to have element models that are visible only in one view

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    Shaded view definitely lightens them up. If you do a "white" color override you can get the best of both worlds of Black&White w/ the lightly shaded ambient shadows. Note: I did not apply it to the linked MEP model since those colors remained. This was just for illustration purposes only.


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    How did you change the surface colors to all white? Can't find the override...

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    One approach is to use Phase and Phase Filters w Graphic Overrides. Create a new future phase, assign it to the view and then a new Filter with override for the materail. Works well except for glass which it overrides too.

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    rbcameron1, how did you do this?

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    Just how greg described, robert. It is also described in the mastering revit architecture book.

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