Thursday, February 18, 2010

Split-Face with Wall Reveal

Have a complex wall/reveal design? Maybe EIFS reveals? Let's say you have a reveal in a wall and you need to have the portion of the wall above the reveal 'Color A' and below it 'Color B' - when you try and use your Paint Bucket it wants to select the entire face of the wall (Figure A), not the individual faces (above and below the reveal).

So the next logical step would be to use the Split-Face tool to split the wall face at the reveal location so you can have multpile faces to paint. After further investigation and frustration we see that when we select the wall face to split it, it automatically has the reveal edges assigned as a face border - so we can't split our faces along those lines. Now we could offset our split-face lines a teenie bit off the border lines but that would be cumbersome and annoying.

Well While going through this I discovered an long standing bug in the software, try this:

  1. Use your Split-Face tool and pick the wall face you would like to Paint.
  2. Split the face of the wall anywhere, I do it in a top or bottom corner and create a tiny 1/16"x1/16" wedge (Figure B). Select Finish Sketch.

  1. Now you will be able to pick the individual faces of the wall created by the reveal (Figure C).


  1. I saw this over at Revit 3D. Very nice. Keep the posts coming.

  2. It Worked! Genius!!

  3. Thank you!

    I like that you only have to "split" one corner of the wall.

  4. You're awesome, you just saved my entire night!

  5. Great work around.
    Frustrating this has not been fixed to date.

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  7. I am in love with you.I'm cring!!!!Genius!!

  8. As with everyone else ---- I cant believe this hasnt been fixed or even addressed!!!! but am glad to have found a work-around. thank you VERY much for putting this together.