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Appearances PropertyManager

Use the Appearances PropertyManager to apply colors, material appearances, and transparency to parts and assembly components. For sketches or curves only, use the Sketch/Curve Color PropertyManager to apply colors.

The Advanced tab includes the Illumination and Surface Finish tabs, and additional options in the Color/Image and Mapping tabs. To display the simplified Color/Image  or Mapping interfaces, click the Basic tab.

Selected Geometry

  • For assemblies only:

    • Apply at component level. For entities that you select while this option is active, affects the assembly component in a specific display state. The sub-assembly and part documents do not change.

    • Apply at part document level. For entities that you select while this option is active, affects the part document in a specific configuration.

  • For parts or assemblies applied at the part level:

    • Use Selection filters to select the type of geometric entity to which to apply mapping, then from the graphics area, select items to add to Selected Entities. Only one filter can be active at a time.

    • Remove Appearance. Removes the appearance from the face, feature, body or part.


The following are available from the Advanced tab.

To adjust the transparency level of an appearance, set Transparent Amount on the Illumination tab.

  • Appearance file path . Identifies appearance name and location.

  • Browse. Click to locate and select appearances.

  • Save Appearance. Click to save a custom copy of the appearance.


Add color to the document. The color is applied to the appearance listed in Selected Geometry under Selected Entities.

When the appearance uses an image file, select Color to display color options.

  • Dominant Color . Click the color area to apply a color using the methods listed below.

If the material is a blend of colors (for example automobile paint), the preview displays a blend of Current Color 1 and Current Color 2 , etc. You can have up to three color layers.

Create New Swatch . Create custom swatches or add colors to predefined swatches:

  • standard. Uses the standard color palette.

  • dull, shiny, and transparent. Uses the standard color palette until you add colors for each layer. You can add multiple colors, but appearances are limited to three layers.

To create custom swatches:

  1. Click Create New Swatch .

  2. Type a value for File name and click Save.



To populate swatches:

  1. Select a swatch to populate with colors.

  2. Choose a method to define colors.

  • RGB. Defines colors with red, green, and blue values. Use the sliders or type numeric values for:

    • Red Component of Color

    • Green Component of Color

    • Blue Component of Color

  • HSV. Defines colors with hue, saturation, and value entries. Use the sliders or type numeric values for:

    • Hue Component of Color

    • Saturation Component of Color

    • Value Component of Color

  1. Choose a method to select colors.

  • Pick a Color. Move the pointer to select a color.

  • Component of Color . Type a value in each of the boxes.

  • Slider . Use the slider  below Component of Color.

Pick a Color

  1. Select a color and click to add the color to the swatch.

  1. Repeat 2 through 4 to add other colors.

  2. Click .

To remove colors from custom color swatches:

  1. Select the color sample.

  2. Click Remove Selected Swatch Color .


Image only appears when the appearance you apply uses an image file.

  • Displays the image file.

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  • Image file path . Identifies image file name and location.

  • Browse. Click to locate and select appearances that use an image file.

Display States/Display States (linked)

The section name (Display States or Display States (linked)) and choices in the list reflect whether a display state is linked to the configuration.

  • This display state. The changes you make are only reflected in the current display state.

  • All display states. The changes you make are reflected in all display states.

  • Specify display states. The changes you make are only reflected in the display states you select.

If no display states are linked to the configuration, all display states in the part or assembly are available for selection. If a display state is linked to the configuration, only that display state is available.

Related Topics

Appearances PropertyManager Illumination tab

Appearances PropertyManager Mapping tab

Appearances PropertyManager Surface Finish tab

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