How to increase the Ambient Light in your SOLIDWORKS parts [VIDEO]

Article by Jim Peltier, CSWE updated September 18, 2014


It’s laundry day today, and when I took my white shirt from the wash, I noticed it looking rather grey. While I could just add bleach to my laundry cycle, it made me think that I notice the same thing happen in SOLIDWORKS. Of course, I can’t put my laptop in the washing machine with bleach, so there must be a better way.

Many people don’t realize that this is actually occurring due to the lighting conditions in the part file. The ambient light is often set quite low to allow for better lighting effects, but this means that you are effectively looking at the part in the dark. This means that what should appear white will actually look grey because it is white in a dark room. I need to turn on the lights.

Watch this video to learn more about SOLIDWORKS Ambient Light:

How to access SOLIDWORKS Ambient Light settings

As you can see, by increasing the Ambient Light, I was able to get my whites looking their whitest (I sound like a laundry commercial). In case you didn’t catch the sequence of clicks, here it is again:

How to get access to SOLIDWORKS Ambient Light settings

How to get access to Ambient Light settings

Now, after this is set, you can save this as your template and you won’t have to come into this setting each time. Enjoy!

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Jim Peltier, CSWE

Jim has been using SolidWorks since 2001, and has spent most of that time working in the design of industrial automated manufacturing equipment. He has been working as an Applications Expert at Javelin Technologies in Oakville, Ontario since July 2012 and is a Certified SolidWorks Expert (CSWE).