Creo Parametric Tip: How to Add and Assign an Appearance to a Model

June 9, 2020 Natasha Reaves

Creo Parametric allows you to customize the default system colors of parts and/or features. The Appearance Gallery is used to create, delete, modify, and save the appearance of parts and surfaces.

The Appearances icon  Image6_Appearances icon  is located on the View tab under the Appearance group. Alternatively, you can access the Appearance Gallery palette using the (<CTRL + <SHIFT> + A) keys.

 

Below is an image of the default appearance gallery palette.

               Image2_appearance gallary expanded

In Creo, you can define different appearance states for part and assembly models using the Appearance tab in the View Manager dialog box. With this functionality, you can define different appearance states and switch between the different appearance combinations for your designs.

 

Below are examples of the View Manager dialog box for part and assembly models.  

Image7_ViewMgers

 

You can not change the Master Appearance. According to PTC, the purpose of the Master Appearance is to clear appearances. However, you can change the Default Appearance.

 

Use the following steps to change the Default Appearance:

1.  Open your model.

2.  Click on the  Image8_ViewMgr-icon  (View Manager) icon from the View tab or the In-Graphics toolbar.

3.  Click on the Appearance tab.

4.  Right-click on the Default Appearance and select Activate.

Image9_Activate

5.  Select  Image1_Appearances icon   from the View tab.

6.  Select an appearance from the palette.

Image12_appearance gallary

7.  Select the model, features, or surfaces on the model to change their appearance.

8.  Click    Image11_OK  from the Select dialog box.

 

As stated earlier, you can define different appearance states for part and assembly models.

 

Use the following steps to create an appearance state:

1.  Open your model.

2.  Launch the View Manager dialog box by clicking on  Image8_ViewMgr-icon  (View Manager) from the View tab or the In-Graphics toolbar.

3.  Click on the Appearance tab.

4.  Click  Image5_new .

5.  Enter a name for your appearance state.

6.  Select  Image1_Appearances icon   from the View tab.

7.  Select an appearance from the palette.

Image12_appearance gallary

8.  Select the model, features, or surfaces on the model to change their appearance.

9.  Repeat steps 4-8 for as many different combinations of colors, etc. that you need.

 

More information about this topic can be found in our Creo Parametric Introduction to Solid Modeling and Creo Parametric Advanced Part Design courses.

 

 

 

About the Author

Natasha Reaves

Technical Training Engineer<br><br>As a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating, Natasha served as a mechanic in the U.S. Army National Guard and worked as a mechanical designer for a multinational telecommunications and data networking equipment manufacturer. Her love of CAD manifests at Rand 3D, where she enjoys teaching Creo Parametric and CATIA training classes. She holds certification from Dassault Systèmes as a CATIA V5 Expert Mechanical Designer and Certified Surface Design Associate.

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