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    Rendering a basic 'white card' model - switching off existing materials

    This is probably very simple, but I'm having difficulty in finding a way to render out some simple white, blank-sort-of-material renders of my model. There are lots of materials applied to the model already, but I want to ignore all these for the purposes of going back to some simpler images, and want to be render everything in white. Intuitively I think I should be able to select everything, then go to Override Graphics in View and switch materials to something white, but there's nothing there. I've also been looking at using Phasing and Filters to acheive the same effect but with no success... Any ideas please?

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    Welcome to the forum Nick.

    Quote Originally Posted by nickhumphreys View Post
    I've also been looking at using Phasing and Filters to acheive the same effect but with no success...
    You're on the right path - in so much that this is the way (or at least the last way I read) I understand it can be done - and as I remember it, you need to
    1. set a material (your plain white card) in the phase-material overrides for new construction
    2. create a phase after new construction
    3. create a phase filter that checks new construction overriden
    4. create a new view in the your new phase, apply the filter
    5. test render on draft
    6. report back if I've totally misled you or if you've done all this already....

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    Yep that's thew at I created a clay model look. Pick the ceramic clay look material, maybe porcelain not sure, then make sure it is Matt finish.
    So it all comes down to the view in the end, and you haven't had to do silly things like create a whole new project just to produce a clay render.
    Matter of fact, the method is in the mastering revit book 2011 in the chapter called visualisation.
    Great for renders this method
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    Thanks a lot for this and sorry for the late reply. Unfortunately its still not working though, but I think I've identified the problem at least. The project is a very complex one, a refurbishment of a large old building. Because of this, we have to have 4 linked files (survey data, topographical, structural etc) and more than one demolition phase. I'm not sure but I think the material phase override is not applying to the materials in the linked files? Does that sound correct? If so, do you know a way of doing so? Really appreciate the help so far, thanks!

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    But the suggested way of altering the materials DID work for the new construction elements within the central model, so thanks for that!

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    I rarely work with linked models but if this is the case, I am sure one of the gurus will be able to clear that one up. Maybe the linked model needs that phase filter as well. Glad the new stuff worked for you though, when I found that in that book, it was one of those revit moments you have when your eyes open up a little bit more. a EUREKA!! Moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickhumphreys View Post
    Thanks a lot for this and sorry for the late reply. Unfortunately its still not working though, but I think I've identified the problem at least. The project is a very complex one, a refurbishment of a large old building. Because of this, we have to have 4 linked files (survey data, topographical, structural etc) and more than one demolition phase. I'm not sure but I think the material phase override is not applying to the materials in the linked files? Does that sound correct? If so, do you know a way of doing so? Really appreciate the help so far, thanks!
    Select your linked file and in the properties browser click 'Edit Type'. Click the 'Edit...' button and here you will be able to map the phases from your linked file to the phases in your master file.

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    Turn off all the "detail" stuff...so no windows, no doors, just walls and roofs.... I did this with some ArchiCAD presentations and it worked out quite well....

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    Thanks a lot Elton! I didn't know about the phase mapping - I'd also needed to do some tweaks in the View / VG / Revit Links / Display Settings dialogue (setting the view to Custom and getting the right Object Style <by Linked File>) but finally got it fixed. I'm fairly new to Revit, so apologies for my long work around, but really thought that effectively doing a "Materials ON/OFF" would be a bit simpler! Really appreciate your help though, thanks!

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    Hello,

    This method works very well. Very quick and straight forward. But It is rendering my glass railings and opaque as well.
    I understand because is applying the same material throughout all elements.

    Any ideas on how can I create a White Card model with transparent glass?

    Many thanks
    Joaquim

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