Revit 2021 – Overridden Graphics on View Fails to Render

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A student asked me whether overridden graphics per view render in Revit. My initial response was: “I suspect it will, but let’s quickly see”. It did not render.

For those that do not understand the issue, let’s investigate what we mean: take a wall, for instance. In a 3D view, RMC (Right Mouse Click) on the wall and choose to override graphics in the view by element (it is only the one wall we want to make transparent and of a different color).

Autodesk, Micrographics, Revit 2021, Override Graphics in View, Render

This brings up the View Specific Element Graphics dialogue. Here we override many properties:

Projection lines, surface patterns, surface transparency, cut lines and cut patterns.

Autodesk, Micrographics, Revit 2021, Override Graphics in View, Render

Let us change the transparency of the wall.

Autodesk, Micrographics, Revit 2021, Override Graphics in View, Render

Now let us see if it renders.

Autodesk, Micrographics, Revit 2021, Override Graphics in View, Render

The result shows clearly that the transparency was not carried over to the finished render.

Autodesk, Micrographics, Revit 2021, Override Graphics in View, Render

So, what is there to do then? One must resort to first principles and create duplicate materials if one wants such a render. The best idea would be to develop the rendering model in parallel to the time-based model. The lower level of detail (LOD) families would probably have to be swapped out in any case. Still, the point can be made that the view should be rendered in the state is was overridden. If you think this is a good idea, please vote for it here:

https://forums.autodesk.com/t5/revit-ideas/render-override-graphics-in-view/idi-p/9706740

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