The purpose of this article is to explain the Appearance settings in the properties menu.


How do I change the background color?

There are two ways to change the background color of the 3D Subsurface Visualization window. 


To open the properties window,

  • Click on the properties icon () in the upper right-hand corner of the visualization bar  OR
  • Click on the mouse pointer icon ()  in the navigation menu and then right click in your visualization and select properties


From Properties Window 

  1. Open Properties Window (select mouse pointer icon and right click>properties)
  2. Click on Appearance in the menu
  3. Click on the color square in the Background color: option 
  4. Choose a new background color from the color palette.
  5. Click Close to exit the Properties Window.


From Controls Window

  1. Expand the Scene option in the control menu by clicking on the white arrow. 
  2. Hover over the background color bar to activate the color palette.
  3. Choose your color for the background.


What is Z distortion?

Z distortion affects the display of your z-values, shortening or lengthening the z-axis. Z "distortion" could also be called "exaggeration".  Depending on the size of the subsurface area you are visualizing, the X and Y dimensions (in ft or m) could be much larger than the depth of the reservoir.  So, you may want to exaggerate the Z dimension to better visualize subsurface features.