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FreeCAD: Display settings of parts (color, material, transparency and so on)

Update: May 22, 2021
FreeCAD 0.19

This article explains how to set display settings of parts. Parts's color, material and transparency can be changed in display settings.

Fig. Default display settings
Default display settings
Fig. Part's material is set to Chrome
Part's material is set to Chrome
Fig. Part's transparency is set to 70%
Part's transparency is set to 70%
  1. Select a part in model tree and click [Appearance...] on context menu to show "Display properties" dialog in Tasks tab.

    Fig. Selects [Appearance...]
    Selects [Appearance...]
    Fig. 'Display properties' dialog
    "Display properties" dialog
  2. Viewing mode can be change in "Viewing mode" area. "Flat Lines (defalut)", "Shaded", "Wireframe" or "Points" can be selected.

    Fig. default
    Flat Lines
    Fig. Shaded
    Shaded
    Fig. Wireframe
    Wireframe
    Fig. Points
    Points (the points size was set to 10)
  3. Part's material can be changed with a combo box in "Material" area. There are a few dozens materials such as chrome, plastic, stone etc...

    Fig. -chrome
    chrome
    Fig. plastic
    plastic
    Fig. stone
    stone

    Custom material can be made. Click a [...] button next to the material combo box to show "Material properties" dialog and make your custom material.

    Fig. 'Material properties' dialog
    "Material properties" dialog

    Shape color can be change with "Shape color" button and line color can be change with "Line color" button.

  4. Part's transparency, point size and line width can be changed in "Display" area.

    Fig. Part's transparency is set to 70%
    Part's transparency is set to 70%
    Fig. Point size and line width are set to 1
    Point size and line width are set to 1
    Fig. Point size is set to 10 and line width is set to 5
    Point size is set to 10 and line width is set to 5
  5. Click Close button to close "Display properties" dialog.

  6. And display properties except material also can be change in View tab of Combo View.

    Fig. View tab
    View tab

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