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Semi-transparent windows in Revit elevation views.

A - answer There are several ways for displaying windows and other glass elements as transparent in Revit elevation views.

By default, Revit uses the material property "transparency" in glass elements (including windows) only for 3D views. So a standard elevation view will look similar to this:

Elevation - opaque windows

The easiest way to make windows transparent (see-through) is to switch off visibility of the window glass elements (see View > Visibility, VG). Suppressed glass will make windows transparent and the resulting elevation will look like:

Elevation - switched off windows

More advanced options are available through 3D views and their orientation in the standard elevation direction (e.g. the South facade). Create any 3D view in your project and an elevation view from the required direction. In the 3D view, use the command View > Orient > To other view and refer to the preset elevation (e.g. South facade). The 3D view takes over the settings of the elevation. The result is an elevation view with semi-transparent windows:

Elevation - semitransparent windows

The resulting 3D view doesn't need to be shaded - transparency will show up even in the hidden-lines mode:

Elevation - translucent windows

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applies to: Revit 2008 ·

See also:
Tip 10923:Which Autodesk products do support the IFC format?
Tip 10782:The "Render" command is not active.
Tip 10642:How to insert a vertical dimension to 3D in Revit?
Tip 10618:How to display hidden lines in Revit foundations (and other objects)?
Tip 10582:A trick for easier text editing in Revit.

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