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    Hi, This is very much a beginner question but its also something I thought I knew how to do.

    I took over a project from someone else and need to create a rendering. First however I need to change the appearance of a few cabinets, just their color, without changing every other cabinet. I thought that by duplicating the type I could change the duplicated version's settings without screwing around with the rest of them. that didn't work, Do I need to move the new type to a new family? It wont let me duplicate or create a new family. Obviously I'm missing something and I'm sure its simple so thanks for the help.

    Also, I need to change the rendered appearance of a piece of ceiling. It is already a different color than the rest of the ceiling and in a different family but when I look for the properties they are all blank. WTF! how can I change it if I cant touch it.

    Thanks in advance, I need to get this stuff done or i'm gonna get beaten:banghead:

    #2
    here's what i do - select your family, go to editing mode, save as something else (important!), do your modifications, load back into project.
    if it's an in-place family just make a copy and start editing. another thing to remember - don't modify materials that are already being used! duplicate them as well before applying to your 'new' family.
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      #3
      You might have to go into the family and add a material parameter to the cabinets. If the material is set to default or just defined in the family itself there won't be any options to change it in the project. I use material parameters for in-place families as well just because it makes them that much easier to edit later.

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        #4
        What Chris said, AND remember to make those parameters "Instance" parameters if you want to change the material on just a few of them, without having to make new Types :beer:
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          #5
          Thanks, I just got it going. Now I just need to deal with that second problem, Any suggestions? to get some more detail in there I have a independent ceiling family for a small piece of ceiling that has been edited to run verically and around a corner. I'm not sure why its not a wall but like I said this wasnt my project. When I highlight the type the "edit type" button goes blank and I cant get to it?

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            #6
            If the Edit Type button doesn't show anything, the "ceiling" is actually a model in place, disguised as a "ceiling" . It won't show you the regular properties of a ceiling element.

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              #7
              I forgot all about the edit type button, Its been almost a year since I have been on revit. Well that worked. Its material qaulities are still linked to a bunch of other stuff and I dont have the option to create a new family? huh

              Thanks Alfredo!
              Last edited by Maxhog; April 14, 2011, 02:03 PM.

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