CHAPTER 11 Visualization

Visualization in Autodesk® Revit® software—as with any tool (even a pencil)—isn’t an exact science. It still requires a patient, aesthetic eye. The most important thing you can do to successfully visualize your work starts with one thing: the ability to listen. That’s right—it’s your ears that make you a great artist! You need to be able to understand what your client is trying to accomplish because you’re not really trying to visualize something—you’re trying to communicate something for someone else.

In this chapter, you’ll learn to:

  • Create real-time and rendered analytic visualizations
  • Render emotive photorealistic visualizations
  • Understand the importance of sequencing your visualization workflow

Explaining the Role of Visualization

We believe that anyone can use Revit to create compelling, emotive visualizations. What’s really great is that your visualizations are based on the same coordinated design information you’re using to document your project. But there are a few challenges:

  • Creating emotive visualization is usually such a small part of your project’s overall workflow that it’s hard to spend the time necessary to hone your rendering skills. This is the reason that photorealistic renderings, both still and moving images, are often the realm of a specialist who deeply understands the techniques and workflow needed to create compelling imagery.
  • The reality is that visualization is both art and science, but especially art. You’ll never be ...

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