I know… I know…
This aint AutoCAD, but it is something that people at school ask about a lot and it is a really needed task that is missing from REVIT.

So bare with me as I show you this work-around.

This method of making PDFs of your Revit model requires Power Point.

  • With your Revit model open, open the    “application menu” (the big purple R).
  • Select “Export”
  • Select “Images & Animations”
  • Select “Image”

In the picture below, the dialog box on the right will appear first.

Change the “Fit to” (pixels box) to something above 700. I chose 1080 randomly.

Change the “Zoom to” (%) to 100%

Change all of the formats to either a TIFF or PNG format

If you have multiple sheets that you would like to turn be in your PDF click the “Select…” button. This will bring up the dialog box on the right as shown above. Select the sheets that you want to export. There should be a check next to the name that you select. Click OK when finished selecting sheets.

At the top of the Export Image dialog, The top area called “Output” is where you choose where the pictures will be exported to. Simply click the “change” button and navigate to where you would like these images to be stored.

Now click OK at the bottom of the dialog box and let Revit export these images. Since these are high quality images, it may take several minutes.

After the images are made, open the images and verify that they are good enough quality by zooming into them. If you can zoom in to them and they are not pixilated, they will be fine for this process.

Open a new session of Power Point

Now we need to set up the Power Point for our project.

In the left column of “slide previews” there should be one slide.

  • Right click the slide
  • Select “Layout”
  • Choose “Blank”

Setting the Page Size:

  • Click the “Design” tab
  • Click “Page Setup”
  • Enter the size of paper you would like the print to beI entered: 36 = width and 24 = height for an ARCH D print. Set the Actual paper size for plotting (don’t use 8.5″X11″as your page setup unless that is the desired plot size).
  • Click OK

Insert Images

If you have created more than one Image to be made into a PDF, you need to add one picture per slide.

To do this, right click the “slide preview” and select “New Slide.”

  • Activate the slide in the slide preview
  • Click the “Insert” tab
  • Select “Picture”
  • Now navigate to the picture that you want to add to that slide.
  • Repeat this process to add the images to the slides.
  • If the slides get out of order, simply drag them into position in the slide preview area.

Once you have the images inserted and the desired order of the slides, we can now make our PDF.

(Note: I am using Office 2010 so my layout may look different than but should work the same)

For Office 2007, click the application menu in the upper left of the screen

  • For Office 2010, click the red “File” button
  • Click “Save as”
  • Choose PDF from the list.
  • Choose the destination where you want the PDF to be saved.
  • Name the project.
  • Click “Save”



About AutoCAD Tips

This blog serves as a knowledge base for myself (and anyone else) so that I can reference tips & tricks that I have learned and also refer others to it as well. I hope that this blog helps you learn at least one tip to make your drafting/design experience better.
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3 Responses to From REVIT to PDF

  1. Maria says:

    Thank you!

  2. ben says:

    didnt work, i just got a black screen

  3. Linda says:

    This was incredibly helpful!! Thank you.

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