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In SolidWorks, appearance is also crucial. A model’s appearance is changed to give it color and texture. While SolidWorks appearances might be perplexing and difficult at first, with practice, users can master the art of utilizing appearances to make their assemblies and parts look great and make it simpler to distinguish between various components and configurations. It’s critical to comprehend the model’s appearance application sequence while dealing with SolidWorks appearances. You can edit an existing look or utilize an image file to generate custom appearances. This article will explain how you can learn how to customize SolidWorks’ appearance. Let’s get started. 

Changing an Appearance


You can change an appearance by assigning a predefined appearance or using the Appearance PropertyManager to edit appearance properties. It would help if you expanded your browser when you wanted to customize SolidWorks appearances so that you could see which appearances have been applied to each section.

Assigning an Appearance

Follow the steps outlined below to learn how to customize SolidWorks’ appearance by assigning an appearance:

  1. To access the Appearances, Scenes, and Decals tab, choose the Task Pane.
  2. Choose a category from the Appearances folder.
  3. Choose from the following options below:
    • Add an appearance to the model by dragging. Select the region of the model to which you wish to assign the appearance, and then do so from the Appearance Target palette. You may optimize efficiency by pinning the Appearance Target palette when adding several appearances.
    • Double-click an appearance with nothing selected to apply it to a full part or assembly.
    • Double-clicking an appearance will use it to choose the entity (for instance, a face or a feature).
    • The FeatureManager allows you to drag an appearance onto an object.

Editing Appearance Properties

You can use one of the following actions  to modify appearance attributes like texture mapping and colors:

  • You can right-click a model, and on the context toolbar menu, Select Appearances.
  • You can edit the appearance by using Alt + drag an appearance from the Task Pane.
  • You can Select Edit Appearance from the toolbar in the Heads-up View.
  • Click the Edit option, appearance, and the next Appearance option.
  • Click the Display Pane to expand it at the top of the FeatureManager design tree. You can also right-click and choose appearance from the Appearances column.

Saving a Customized Appearance

You may customize a SolidWorks appearance by changing an existing one.

1. You may begin by selecting the Edit option. Then, to open the Appearances PropertyManager, pick Appearance and the next Appearance option. Alternatively, you can go to a previously saved appearance or modify the current build.

2. Pick any of the options below to have a model’s surface finish or texture display at its default scale:

  • You should select Tools, then Options. Select Document Properties from the Options menu, then Model Display.
  • Scale the model’s look textures, surface treatments, and decals. As an illustration, use a default scale.

If you want to utilize a default scale rather than a scale to the model’s size, go to the Tools menu and choose Options. Select Model Display from the drop-down menu after selecting Document Properties from the option. It automatically adjusts decals, surface finishes, and scale textures to the model’s size.

3. Select the Advanced option.

4. Click Save Appearance on the Color/Image tab.

5. Save the file. Under File Locations, the folder where you stored the file is added to System Options. It would help if you then navigated to Custom – Appearances.

6. If a message asking if you want to make the folder visible in the Task Pane’s Decals folder appears, choose Yes. On the Task Pane, the folder may be seen. Yellow represents a system folder. Folders indicated by the color blue contain a custom appearance.

7. Select Model Display from the Document Properties menu, then choose Store Appearance, Decal, and Scene data in Model File to distribute models to others with customized appearances, decals, or scenes that include any necessary lighting.

Removing Appearances

You can remove appearances from your SolidWorks models by following the steps below.

  1. Firstly, you can remove an appearance by right-clicking the model and selecting Appearances from the context toolbar.
  2. After that, do one of the following. You can choose just assemblies or click next to a face, feature, body, part, or component. The Appearance has been erased. The default appearance is used if all appearances are erased. Another option is to remove all model-name part appearances by clicking Remove all part appearances. Instead, the default look is utilized.

Copying and Pasting Appearances

You may copy and paste an appearance, i.e., customize a SolidWorks appearance from one entity to another. All the adjustments performed in the Edit Appearance PropertyManager are carried over to pasted appearances. To imitate an appearance, follow the steps below:

  1. Choose from the following: You may copy the Appearance by selecting it in the DisplayManager or on the model, pressing Ctrl + Shift + C, or selecting PhotoView 360 and navigating to the copied Appearance. Another choice is to choose the model’s Appearance and then click the context menu’s Copy Appearance option. Finally, you can select Copy Appearance from the context menu by right-clicking the Appearance in the DisplayManager.
  2. You can pick one of the following options once you click the face, feature, body, or part to which you wish to apply the look. It’s common practice to pick Paste Appearance from the menu when you click PhotoView 360. Click Paste Appearance in the context menu, or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + V.
  3. The Appearance Target palette is displayed. 
  4. For the Appearance to be pasted at the chosen level, pick Face, Feature, Body, Part, or Appearance Filter from the Appearance Target panel. A preview of the palette selections may be seen in the graphics section when you hover over them.
  5. You may copy and paste several appearances by securing the Appearance Target palette. The pinned palette’s default selection is faced.
  6. Using Ctrl while selecting the level in the palette, pin the Appearance Target. Once you’ve chosen the object in the graphics section, paste the Appearance while holding down the Ctrl key.

Assigning a Default Appearance

Once every other appearance has been eliminated, the default appearance is applied. In parenthesis, next to the Appearances folder in the Task Pane’s Appearances tab, is the name of the default appearance. When you click the Appearances folder, a default appearance image with an indicator is shown in the Task Pane.

Color and texture are two suggested default look in SolidWorks that you may modify.

You can set a new default appearance can be set by following the two steps listed below:

  1. You can navigate to an appearance in the Task Pane’s Appearances tab. 
  2. You can also right-click an appearance and select Set as default.


You may acquire a sense of the finished project through appearances without investing extra effort in the design. You may give various aspects of your model alternative looks, from the part’s face up to the top assembly. When you wish to start, the above-described procedures for customizing SolidWork’s appearance will be helpful.