This page covers the callouts and detail views. 

Section Markers

V.1.1. Choose two places in which cut your sections. Sections should be selected that are the most comprehensive in showing construction conditions. 

V.1.2. To cut a section the section tool from the View ribbon.


V.1.3. To place the section marker click on two points. 

V.1.4. To change the direction of the section click on the section marker and then click on the arrows. 

V.1.5. To change the content that is included in the section click on the section marker and drag the arrows that defining the view box.

V.1.6. Go to the section view by double-clicking on it in the Project Browser.

V.1.7. Click on the bounding box and stretch it as necessary to include your entire section.


Elevation Markers

V.2.1. Revit's default templates already have the four primary elevation views (North, South, East and West). You can make interior elevations of rooms. You can also add additional exterior ones as needed. 

V.2.2. Place an elevation tag in the space. The default tag includes one view toward the west. 

V.2.3. To generate views toward the north, east and south click  on the big square. Then click in the small squares so that check marks appear.

V.2.4. New views will appear in the Project Browser.

V.2.5. Double-click on a view. Once in the view, click on the bounding box.

V.2.6. Drag the bounding box so it sits on the floor line and at the face of any wall or ceiling surface.

V.2.7. Rename the view so that it corresponds with the room name and the view direction. To rename a view right-click on it in the Project Browser. The name of the view will appear as the title of the detail when you place it on a sheet.


V.2.8. Change the scale of the view. For interior elevations, 1/2"=1'-0" is recommended for residential architecture. 1/4"=1'-0' is recommended for institutional or commercial architecture.

V.2.9. Show elevations for at least two rooms.

Detail Callouts

V.3.1. Detail Callouts allow you to enlarge areas of a view. You can, for example, enlarge an area of a plan using a callout.

V.3.2. With the rectangular callout, you pick two points. 

V.3.3. You can make an irregularly shaped callout with the callout Sketch tool.

V.3.4. A new view will appear in the Project Browser. It will appear in the same list as the source view. If the callout was made from a Floor Level, the new callout will appear under the Floor Level list.

V.3.5. You can rename the callout by right-clicking on it in the Project Browser.

V.3.6. Generally, the callout is at least twice the size of the source drawing. If you are enlarging a floor plan that is 1/8"=1'-0", the enlarged plan would be at least 1/4"=1'-0". Change the scale of the new callout as appropriate.

V.3.7. Create callouts for the two rooms that you created interior elevations. 

V.3.8. Callouts can also be created in other views. A callout has been generated for a wall section in the image below. A new callout view has been created. 


V.3.9. Go to the new callout. By changing the detail level to Fine, you can see more detail within the components. Although more detail is visible, some of the details are inaccurate. Refer to the next section for information on refining the details.


Completion of this section is optional for Architc/Cad Tec 172. Skip to the next section if you do not intend to do details within your project.

V.4.1. Within a callout view you can modify the building components and add more detail. The following video provides a good overview of the process: Revit Architecture - Creating Details and Callouts. Keep in mind that the details shown in the video do not necessarily show the same details required by your project. If you are generating details for your project, it is recommended that you get some feedback before proceeding with the work.

V.4.2. Detail components can be loaded into your project.

V.4.3. The image below, for example shows folders with various wood components.

V.4.4. Double-click on the component to load it into the project. 

V.4.5. Once loaded into your project, two-dimensional components can be dropped into your detail views. Look for the component under Detail Items in the Project Browser.

V.4.6. In the image below a 2x6 framing member has been dragged into the wall section and rotated to rest on the top of the foundation wall. The lines have been converted to Thin Lines for visibility.



V.5.1. Camera views can be used in the process of the building your project or to generate rendered views. Select the Camera tool from the View icon. 


V.5.2. From one of your Floor Views select a camera position and a target. 

V.5.3. You will be taken directly to the view. Drag the bounding box as necessary.

V.5.4. To make adjustments to the placement of the position and target return to the floor level where the camera was placed. In the Project Browser right-click on the camera view and select Show Camera.


V.5.5. Once the camera has been selected, you can move the camera location (camera icon), target location (pink circle), and the depth of the view (blue circle) by dragging those objects. You can also change values like height in the Properties window.

V.5.6. The visual style of the view can be changed as shown below.

V.5.7. Create a camera view showing the building's exterior. 

V.5.8. Render the view. 1 & 2) The render tool can be found on the View ribbon. 3 & 4.) First render the view using Draft setting. The image below was rendered at the Draft setting. When you are pleased with the general arrangement, render the view at the Best level. 5.) Once the rendering is complete, save it to the project. 6.) Provide a name for the view.


V.5.9. The rendered view will appear in the Project Browser and can be dragged to a sheet later.

Drafting Views

Completion of this section is optional for Architc/Cad Tec 172.

V.6.1. Drafting views are useful for creating details. With a callout you may add detail to a project view. A drafting view, on the other hand, may be within the project but is not connected to the model itself.

V.6.2. When you create a drafting view, it will appear in the Project Browser. The work space will be empty. Most of the tools needed for drawing in a drafting view can be found on the Annotate ribbon. You can also drop building components into the view once you have loaded their families into the project.


V.6.3. As with other types of views, Drafting views can be dragged to sheets.