Black Background in SOLIDWORKS Composer .SMG export

Article by Matt Campbell, CSWE updated June 5, 2012


On occasion you will notice that when you export your .smg file and preview it, it will have created a SOLIDWORKS Composer black background. This is obviously not ideal. You will generally only see this happen when you are exporting and have colour region turned on. There is a workaround for this!

Go to File > Preferences > Advance Settings, then scroll down to Hardware and enable the HardwareSupport.SilhouetteShader setting.

You will need to restart SOLIDWORKS Composer for the setting to take effect.

SOLIDWORKS Composer Black Background

SOLIDWORKS Composer Black Background Preference

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