15 Object Styles

The symbolic lines on our joinery unit appear dashed in the Family environment, however, when we load the family into the project environment the lines become dashed.

The reason they’re dashed inside of the family environment and solid inside of the project environment has to do with the Object Styles.

So the first thing we need to do is investigate which symbolic line was used. So, go back to the project environment. Select the door, and click edit family.

Go to the front elevation. Click on the line style that was used.

We can now see that the name of the symbolic line style used was called “Elevation Swing Projection”.

There is also an elevation swing cut line, and we’ll talk about that in a second.

Now that we know the name of the line, we can go back to the project environment. Under the manage tab, click on Object Styles dialogue box, and expand the casework category- Now we can see that we have the “Elevation Swing” line.

Now we can see that in the project environment line pattern being used is actually a solid line – not a dashed line.

This is a very important point. It doesn’t matter what the line actually looks inside of the family environment. The way the line is going to be represented is always set in the project environment.

So let’s change the line pattern to a Hidden Line, which is what Revit calls a dashed line, and click apply. As you can see all the lines now look correct.

In this dialog box, in the elevation swing row, we have the projection and the cut. This can be represented separately, and that’s why they’re represented as two separate lines in the family environment but in the project environment it’s really one line that can be represented in two different ways.

When it’s in cut, that’s how the line will appear in section, and when it’s in projection, that’s how it will look on elevation when we’re looking at the line.

Click OK. I’m happy with the way this is looking.

Go back into the drawer family.

As you can see we have a set amount of line styles in the family environment.

The template that we’re using, the casework template, automatically comes with these styles.

However, if you look on the manage tab, you can see that we also have an object styles dialogue box in the family editor.

This allows us to create additional symbolic lines in the family.

Click New to create a new line style. We’ll name it so it’s easy for us to remember.

Name it Revit Drawer Face. As our drawer is nested in our joinery unit, let’s load this family into our joinery unit and then let’s load the joinery unit into the project environment.

In the project environment, go to the Manage tab and click object styles. Under casework, Revit Drawer Face, which is the line style we just created, is listed.

One word of warning about creating too many custom line styles. We want our line styles to be consistent.

If we have several joinery units, we would want them all to be controlled by the same elevation swing line style.

If every single time we create a new family, we also create unique line styles, it will be very hard to have uniform line styles across all the families in our project.

It’s not a good idea to create individual line styles unless we really need to do it.

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