Autodesk Revit: An introduction to View Templates

In this Autodesk Revit tutorial I am going to show you how to use “View Templates” to maintain a consistent visual style to your views. This too really will save you a LOT of time when you have a number of views that all require the same visibility settings. If you would like to watch the video version of this tutorial first, simply click in the box below….



Probably the best way to convey the use of this tool is via a real-world scenario. So let’s take a simple building model that I have constructed….



You can see in the above image that this is an Elevation view of my model. Now let’s say we are preparing a set of drawings that will form a Planning Application, to be made to the Local Authority. For my Planning Drawing Elevations I do not need to see the Level Lines & Markers. I do want Shadows turned on. And (for some obscure reason!) I would like the model hatch pattern of the roof to be drawn using blue lines. So I go ahead and make all the changes I need using the “Visibility / Graphic Overrides” settings. The image below shows the result….




We are happy with this look. But this is only one elevation out of four….





For the sake of consistency we need the other three elevations to look the same- in terms of their graphic properties. Now, we could simply open each elevation view in turn and change the “Visibility / Graphic Overrides” properties as we did with the first one. But this would be quite a laborious process- especially if we have a lot more than four elevations to change.

Thankfully there is a VERY efficient way to achieve what we need to do- and that is by using “View Templates”. Switch to the “View” menu (1), activate the “View Templates” drop-down button (2) and select “Create Template from Current View” (3)….







What this is going to do in essence is “capture” a snapshot of all the graphical settings of our “source view” and allow us to apply those settings to other views- all with the click of a couple of buttons. OK, back to the process. Revit now asks us for a name for this particular “snapshot….




Let’s call this snapshot “Elevation_Planning Application”. So this is the name of our new View Template. As soon as we have named it, Revit brings up the View Template settings panel…..





You can see that our new View Template has been entered into the list of View Templates, on the left hand side (1). On the right hand side (2) you can see all the different graphic properties that are captured in a View Template profile. Notice the column on the far right- the “Include” property allows you to include or exclude certain graphic properties from the “snapshot”. All graphic properties are “Included” by default.

SO now we have captured a snapshot of the graphic settings of our Elevation view, we can simply apply these properties to the other views. So go ahead and open one of the other elevations. Then switch back to the “View” menu (1), activate the “View Templates” drop-down (2) and (this time) choose “Apply Template Properties to Current View” (3)….





Ensure you choose “Elevation_Planning Application” as the View Template you wish to apply. Hit “OK” and your elevation will be customised accordingly….



Please note that View Templates do not effect your model in any way. They simply allow you to create and maintain a consistent graphic style to your views. Many companies set up View Templates for their own “house style”. They include these View Templates in their office Revit Template. By doing so, they ensure all projects are presented in the same way when printed.

Key Points

  • View Templates allow you to quickly apply the “look” of one view to many others.
  • A “house style” can be set up using View Templates and included in your office Revit Template
  • Individual views can be locked to a specific View Template- set this in the views’ “View Properties”
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