Changing Sketch Color - SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD

Changing Sketch Color - SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD
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What are some of the reasons that you may want to change your sketch color? Well, perhaps black is just too bland for you, or more realistically, you are trying to trace an image in your design that has black lines. In order to see where you have already been, or traced, it is very helpful to change the sketch color.

In order to get a sketch picture into my part, I started a new sketch and used the sketch picture command. I placed the sketch picture into its own sketch because it is easier to delete or suppress when you are done tracing it. From here, I exited the sketch and started a new sketch in which I used splines to trace my graphic.

Now when I exit the sketch, the black lines from the sketch are hidden by the black lines of the image that I imported. In this case, I want to see what part of the graphic I have already sketched, but upon exiting out of my sketch, the sketch lines turned from blue (under defined) to black. Black lines on a black image are not very helpful, so in order to see my trace lines, I switched the color of the sketch to red.

To change the color of the sketch in your display, go to the FeatureManager design tree, right click Sketch > Sketch Color. This will take you to the Sketch/Curve Color property manager (see image below). Inside the property manager, you can set any desired color for the sketch. There are standard colors to select and if you need any other color, you can create it using the adjustments under color properties. Now that I have my sketch lines red, I can see my traced image over top of the sketch picture.

 

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October 3, 2016
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