How Do I Convert an Image to SolidWorks?

In this tutorial, we will learn how to convert an image to SolidWorks. SolidWorks is a powerful 3D modeling software that allows users to create and edit 3D models with ease. Converting an image to SolidWorks can be useful in various scenarios, such as reverse engineering or incorporating a logo into a design.

Step 1: Importing the Image

To begin, open SolidWorks and create a new part or assembly file. Next, go to the “Insert” tab and click on “Sketch Picture” in the “References” section. This will allow us to import the image into our workspace.

Note: Ensure that the image you want to convert is in a supported format such as JPEG, PNG, or BMP.

Step 2: Placing the Image

After clicking on “Sketch Picture,” a dialog box will appear. Here, browse for the image file on your computer and select it. Once selected, choose whether you want to place the image on a plane or a face of an existing object.

TIP: If you want the image to be aligned with specific dimensions, make sure to check the “Scale” option and enter the desired values.

Step 3: Tracing the Image

Now that we have imported and placed the image in our workspace, it’s time to start tracing it using sketch tools. Select the appropriate sketch tool from the toolbar based on the type of geometry you want to create (e.g., line, arc, spline).

  • Lines: Use this tool for straight edges or boundaries in your image.
  • Arcs: If your image contains curved edges or circles, the arc tool is perfect for capturing those details.
  • Splines: Splines are handy when you need to trace complex or organic shapes.

TIP: Remember to use the zoom and pan tools to get a clear view of your image while sketching.

Step 4: Adding Dimensions and Constraints

Once you have traced the essential features of your image, it’s time to add dimensions and constraints. This step ensures that your sketch is fully defined and can be easily modified later if needed. Use the “Smart Dimension” tool to add dimensions, and apply constraints such as coincident, parallel, or tangent to lock down your sketch.

TIP: If you want to ensure symmetry in your sketch, use the “Mirror Entities” tool in SolidWorks to copy and reflect your geometry across a specified line.

Step 5: Converting Sketches into 3D Geometry

Now that our sketch is complete with dimensions and constraints, we can convert it into 3D geometry. Exit the sketch mode by clicking on “Exit Sketch” in the toolbar.

Next, select the desired sketch entities and click on “Extrude” or other appropriate features in the “Features” tab. Set the desired depth or thickness for your model in the properties dialog box that appears.

Note: Depending on your requirements, you can choose various additional features like revolve, loft, or sweep to create more complex geometries from your sketches.

Step 6: Refining Your Model

Once you have converted your sketch into a 3D model, you can further refine it using SolidWorks’ extensive set of tools. These tools include fillets, chamfers, patterns, and more. Experiment with different features and options to achieve the desired look and functionality for your model.


Converting an image to SolidWorks is a valuable skill that allows you to incorporate 2D designs into a 3D environment. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can easily trace and convert your image into a fully defined 3D model. Remember to experiment and explore the various features SolidWorks offers to refine your model further.