Fill Patterns

Fill patterns control the appearance of surfaces that are cut or shown in projection. Use the Fill Patterns tool to create or modify drafting and model patterns.

Model Patterns

Model patterns represent actual element appearance on a building, such as brick coursing or ceramic tile on a wall, and are fixed with respect to the model. This means they scale with the model, so as the view scale changes, the pattern scales accordingly.

Lines in model patterns represent actual lines on a building object, such as brick, tile, and parquet lines and are in measurable units on the model. Like other elements in Revit Architecture, model pattern lines can be edited. You can:

You can apply model patterns to families and modify them in the Family Editor only. After you have placed an instance of the family in a project view, you cannot modify the pattern.

Drafting Patterns

Drafting patterns represent materials in symbolic form; for example, sand is represented by a stipple pattern. The density of drafting patterns is fixed with respect to the drawing sheet.

Differences Between Model Patterns and Drafting Patterns

The following illustrations show the differences between model and drafting patterns when the view scale changes. Model patterns remain a fixed size relative to the model, and drafting patterns remain a fixed size relative to the sheet.

Drafting Pattern Scale = 1:4

Model Pattern Scale = 1:4

Drafting Pattern Scale = 1:2

Model Pattern Scale = 1:2

NoteIf you zoom into a view, both drafting and model patterns display larger or smaller. As you zoom out, the pattern becomes more dense. At a certain point, the pattern displays as a solid fill. This is known as pattern overscaling. See Zooming Project Views.

You can place model and drafting patterns on planar and cylindrical surfaces and on families. You can also place drafting patterns on cut component surfaces in plan or section views.

Revit Architecture includes several fill patterns and stores them in the default project template file. Alternatively, you can create your own or edit an existing fill pattern to meet your needs.

A fill pattern is stored in the file in which it was created. To save the pattern to a template file, open the template file and create the pattern there.

You can transfer fill patterns between projects using the Transfer Project Standards tool. See Transferring Project Standards.