A reference image in your sketch can help get dimension correct and make the modeling process simpler. In this tutorial I will show you how to insert a reference image into a sketch in SolidWorks. This is also a great technique to use when doing surface modeling.
The project can be found here:
Tutorial - Tip - insert a reference image into a sketch in SolidWorks
I will show you how to insert a reference image into a sketch.
You can do this in more then one sketch for a project and on more then one plane. When the image is no longer needed, just change the visibility of the sketch the image is in
For this tutorial, I will be using an image of a vase to reference in creating a model of a similar vase.
Answered with a tutorial: https://grabcad.com/tutorials/tutorial-tip-insert-a-reference-image-into-a-sketch-in-solidworks
I understand this...but how do you get a good picture in first place?
Eye it as close as possible?
I can see the vase is off a little so is this just for makiing
For some reason, whatever I try, the Sketch Picture menu is always greyd-out. I enabled the Autotrace add-in, restarted... Nothing helps. I use Solidworks 2016 64bit.
I just went through my tutorial again in SW2016 and had no problems - it still works the same way. I am using SOLIDWORKS Professional 2016 x64 Edition SP3.0, this may not be available in the Standard release if that is what you are using.
Be sure you are in a sketch when inserting the sketch picture.
Hope this helps
Hello Normand, you could use 'View Decals' to show again your sketch-picture in SolidWorks 2016 if you get grey-out. Try using 'search command' if you can't find it.
I am still on SW 2015. I will look into this when I upgrade.
You need to be in an open sketch when you use this feature.