Hide Table of Contents

Shaded Sketch Contours

You can use the Shaded Sketch Contours setting to view closed sketch contours and sub-contours as shaded entities. You can drag, resize, and apply relations to shaded sketch contours.

Previously, you had to use the Move tool to drag sketch contours.

When you select the Shaded Sketch Contours setting, only the closed sketch shapes are shaded. This makes it easier to tell if a shape is fully closed or not.

Contours and sub-contours

Contour. A contour is a closed shape.

Sub-contour. A sub-contour is the contour that is formed when you combine contours together.

The Shaded Sketch Contours setting lets you:
  • Drag the shaded area.
  • Apply relations to entities.
  • Make blocks of the shaded sketch selections with the Make Block tool on the shortcut menu.
  • Use the Extruded Boss/Base tool on the context toolbar by right-clicking the shaded sketch.
  • Use shaded contours as input for the Mirror Entities and Offset Entities tools.
The Shaded Sketch Contours tool is available only for new sketches in SOLIDWORKS 2017.

Provide feedback on this topic

SOLIDWORKS welcomes your feedback concerning the presentation, accuracy, and thoroughness of the documentation. Use the form below to send your comments and suggestions about this topic directly to our documentation team. The documentation team cannot answer technical support questions. Click here for information about technical support.

* Required

Subject:   Feedback on Help Topics
Page:   Shaded Sketch Contours

Print Topic

Select the scope of content to print:


We have detected you are using a browser version older than Internet Explorer 7. For optimized display, we suggest upgrading your browser to Internet Explorer 7 or newer.

 Never show this message again

Web Help Content Version: 2017 SP04

The search functionality within the web help is in a beta test phase and you may experience periodic delays or interruptions in its performance. These are the normal and ordinary features of a beta test and shall not under any circumstances give rise to any liability on the part of Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation or its licensors. The topics within the Web-based help are not beta topics; they document 2017 SP04.

To disable Web help from within SOLIDWORKS and use local help instead, click Help > Use SOLIDWORKS Web Help.

To report problems encountered with the Web help interface and search, contact your local support representative. To provide feedback on individual help topics, use the “Feedback on this topic” link on the individual topic page.