How to create a Decal Mask using Paint.NET

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By default Decals are fully opaque so they’ll block all of the model behind them. Decals have controls to adjust their overall transparency but what if only a portion of the decal is transparent, this is where a Decal Mask file come to play. A Decal Mask is a black and white image of the original decal where the black areas of the decal are transparent and the white areas are opaque.

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Let’s Make SOLIDWORKS Better Together!!!

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With SP 3.0 live and people making the upgrade we need to help SOLIDWORKS out. SOLIDWORKS is looking for our help.(yes that includes you!) We are not helping. As a community we are not helping 🙁 Inside your system options is something that is not turned on. The sad part is that you actually turned it off when you installed the software in the first place.  The little thing that we are not doing is sending SOLIDWORKS very important information. […]

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What Does the License Count Mean in the SolidNetwork License Administrator?

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Every time someone new works on their companies SOLIDWORKS Network License Administrator for the first time we usually get the support call asking why the license count in the License Administrator is different than what they actually own.   If we take a look at an example from one of our customers you will see that the license count for Standard SOLIDWORKS is 67 seats but in the SNL Admin it show that they have 98 Standard SOLIDWORKS seats listed. […]

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Why are there different Sketch icons in my Feature Tree?

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Today’s question from the support log is “Why are there different Sketch icons in my Feature Tree?” The original support call we received the customer was only asking about 2 specific icons that they saw but for this article I thought I would expand on all the different icon symbols that you could see in the Feature Tree for a part file. First up is the state of a sketch: (+) – Over Defined (–) – Under Defined (?) – […]

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How to Remove the Locks in the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal

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So in looking back through our call log one of the calls that I see time and time again is a customer who is new to SOLIDWORKS or new to a company that when they create a new account to the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal they see locks on a majority of the links in the portal.  When you create a new account to the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal ( If you create your account as a Guest you will the first […]

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