And if so, How and where do I do it?
Have you seen this 2015 SOLIDWORKS Help - Saving a Customized Decal
It is not mandatory to save as a decal (p2d) format. I'm really not too sure what benefit is derived by doing so. I have not found any way to edit a p2d file after it is created. At least the jpg / tif / png can be modified with a graphics program.
I always recommend the settings change (in tools/options) as shown in the attachment.
Thank you all for making my life a bit easier.
You can drag and drop any jpeg in a model face, you don't need to save it as a decal. Basically have a picture file with your different images for your decals, then open up File Explorer and drag right from there...
What I would love to see is the ability to use Adobe Illustrator or Indesign file formats with decals (or any image/document editing software). Jeff is right about wanting to be able to edit the image, but in practice (at least in my experience) jpeg, tif and png are always treated like static images. That is because they are not as easily managed as something like an Illustrator file (.AI). So, you still have to go to your technical documentation team to edit the original if there's a revision on the decal (or do it yourself if you have the software) and then save it as a new image format that SolidWorks can read. This is not terribly difficult, but it does present the opportunity for failure. Where I saw it most was in the fact that you had to manage a separate workflow for something that will be a decal as opposed to any other form of technical documentation, in this case pushing the new revision into an image file placed in the directory that SolidWorks is looking in. From a procedural/workflow perspective, anytime you have a special set of instructions for a special set of circumstances, it is only a matter of time before a mistake is made. Especially when you have two teams of people working in different departments with different tasks, the communication is not always perfect.
Of course, there may be a technical reason that prevents these file formats from being supported, I just haven't heard of any yet.
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