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Coloring one object in vector images

Matthew Fisher

The purpose of this article is to go over the steps to create a vector image in Composer with some objects being in color while others remain black and white.

At times you may need to show a vector image of your product and highlight specific parts in the vector image. While in the Technical Illustration workshop, if you toggle on Color Regions your .svg preview will show the vector image in color but you may not want to have all of the objects in color like the image below. There is a trick to cause some objects to appear as black and white, despite them having a color associated to it.

 

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Workaround

The first step is to toggle on Custom as the render type. This allows you to select each object and assign it a different render instead of making one render for all objects.

 

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Select the object you do not want colored in the vector image, then scroll down to the bottom of the property tree for that object. You can select the custom render for the component from here, we want to change it to silhouette.

 

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While in silhouette mode Composer will treat the object as black-and-white, despite any color applied to it previously in Composer or SOLIDWORKS. You can now create a new .svg file and only the objects not in silhouette mode will appear in color.

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If your .svg output does not appear as intended and the objects do not have the proper color (or appear black and white still) please contact Hawk Ridge Systems at 877.266.4469 for the U.S or 866.587.6803 for Canada for further troubleshooting and help.

 

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