How to create frosted glass in revit

Are you looking to add a touch of elegance and privacy to your architectural designs with some beautifully crafted frosted glass? You’ve come to the right place! Creating frosted glass in Revit might seem daunting at first, but with our detailed guide, you’ll be adding this sophisticated feature to your buildings in no time.

Whether you’re designing a sleek modern bathroom, an office with privacy glass, or just looking to add that special something to your facades, we’ll walk you through every step of the process. So, let’s dive into the frosted world of Revit together and transform your designs!


How to Create Frosted Glass in Revit

Frosted glass is a great way to add privacy and an interesting look to any interior space. It also helps to reduce glare and brighten up a room. In Revit, you can easily create frosted glass using a combination of materials and patterns.

This guide will walk you through the steps of creating frosted glass in Revit. Follow these steps to add a frosted glass effect to your Revit projects:

1. Open Your Project: Begin by opening the Revit project where you wish to apply the frosted glass.
2. Access the Material Browser
  • Go to the “Manage” tab
  • Click on “Materials” to open the Material Browser.
3. Create or Modify a Material
  • If you’re creating a new material, click on the “Create New Material” button (it looks like a plus sign) at the top of the Material Browser. A new material will appear in the list, and you can rename it to something descriptive, like “Frosted Glass.”
  • If you’re modifying an existing glass material, search for it in the list and select it.
4. Adjust the Material Properties
  • With your frosted glass material selected, go to the “Appearance” tab within the Material Browser.
  • Here, you can adjust the color and translucency to simulate frosted glass. Set the “Transparency” to a value that gives you the desired level of frostiness. Higher values will make the glass more transparent, while lower values will make it more opaque.
  • To add more realism, you can also tweak the “Glossiness” parameter to reduce the material’s shine, mimicking the light diffusion typical of frosted glass.
5. Apply a Bump Map (Optional)
  • For a more realistic frosted effect, consider applying a bump map. This will give the glass surface a textured appearance, simulating the uneven surface of frosted glass.
  • In the “Appearance” tab, scroll down to the “Relief Pattern” section and click on the image next to “Bump.” Choose a suitable texture file that resembles the irregular surface of frosted glass. Adjust the “Amount” to control the intensity of the texture.
6. Assign the Material to an Element
  • Close the Material Browser and select the glass element (like a window) in your project where you want to apply the frosted glass.
  • Go to the “Properties” palette, find the “Material” parameter, and click on the small button next to it to open the Material Browser again.
  • Select your “Frosted Glass” material and apply it.
7. Review Your Work
  • Preview the effect using the “Realistic” visual style and adjust as necessary.


How do you manufacture frosted glass?

Manufacturing frosted glass involves altering the surface of clear glass to scatter light and create a translucent effect that obscures visibility while still transmitting light. There are several methods to achieve this frosted appearance:

Acid Etching

  • Process: Glass is treated with hydrofluoric acid or another acid-based solution, which eats away at the surface of the glass, creating a uniformly smooth, frosted appearance.
  • Safety Measures: Due to the hazardous nature of the acids used, this process requires strict safety protocols, including the use of protective gear and proper ventilation.


  • Process: This method involves blasting fine particles, such as sand, at high speed onto the glass surface. The impact of the particles roughens the glass, creating a frosted effect.
  • Control: The degree of frosting can be controlled by the sandblasting duration and the size of the abrasive particles used.

Abrasive Blasting

  • Process: Similar to sandblasting, other abrasive materials like aluminum oxide can be used for blasting the glass surface to achieve a frosted look.
  • Variety: Different abrasive materials and techniques can produce varying textures on the glass, from a light frost to a deeper, more opaque finish.

Roll-on Frosted Coatings

  • Process: A liquid frosted coating is applied directly to the glass surface. This coating dries to form a frosted layer.
  • Application: The coating can be applied by rolling, brushing, or spraying, and it’s a flexible method for adding a frosted finish to existing glass installations.

Frosted Films

  • Process: Adhesive films with a frosted appearance can be applied to the glass surface. These films are available in various patterns and degrees of opacity.
  • Installation: The film is cut to size, and then applied to clean glass, offering a quick and reversible method to achieve a frosted look.

Each method has its advantages and applications, depending on the desired effect, durability, and cost considerations. Acid etching and sandblasting provide a permanent finish, ideal for architectural elements.

Frosted coatings and films offer more flexibility and are often used for temporary or adjustable privacy solutions.