About Color Determination

atarget.gif (1372 bytes) When you create a color action, you change the color of an object or objects from an initial color to a different color.  Depending on how the object was originally created or how many objects are selected, you may have trouble predicting how V5 determines the initial color.  Use the explanation below as a guide.
  • If the selected part or product has a color defined, the color for that part/product is set. However, any of the part/product's parents have their own color set, no change will be seen graphically, as the parent's color always overrides the child's color.

  • If the selected part or product does not have a color defined, then Color Action (also Graphic Properties) searches recursively upwards until it finds the first parent with a color. That parent's color is then modified.
  • If the above tests both fail, then the initial color is set to white.

In most cases, this method applies to V4 models and CGR data files.

atarget.gif (1372 bytes) If a CGR or a V4 model file has multiple colors associated with it, the first one found in the graphical representation will be used. This might not always be the desired result. To avoid this problem, try to have one color per part.
Only color is only taken into consideration. Color Action   does not affect transparency.
  If you create a color action for a shuttle, the objects associated with the shuttle change their color.


  In this example, Product1 has a defined color.
  When a user creates a color action, thereby defining a color for Part2.1, Color Action seems to change the color of the entire product.  On the graphical data, the color changes on all the child parts.  However, in the graphical properties, the defined color for the parent (Product1) changes; not the defined color for any of the parts.
  If Product1 did not have a color defined, then changing the defined color for Part2.1 would change Part2.1's color, both on the graphical data and in the graphical properties.
  To determine whether a color is defined for a product or part, use the right mouse button to select the product or part, and then select Properties.  The Graphics tab either shows a color or says No Color.
atarget.gif (1372 bytes) For additional information on using color, see the V5 Infrastructure User's Guide: Basic Tasks : Manipulating Objects.  This section of the guide describes the functions of the graphics properties.

Creating Color Actions Using Parts with Context Links

  When you create a color action using a part with context links, the part turns red. You must select the part with the right mouse button and select Local Update once you have created the color action.