I’m trying to set the selected face color but it is not updating.

Here are my user interface colors and the viewport results:

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The active face is set properly. So are the selected face dots. But the selected face color is not appearing. I changed all the 3d view colors to bright (in the second image) to see if any affected it, but none of them do.

I know it’s possible because the tutorial I’m following has all selected faces highlighted: enter image description here

Any ideas?


So I tried editing another object in the same scene and it looks fine (selected face color correct). When I edit the original object it looks incorrect. In the same viewport even.

It seems that something specific the model itself is overriding the view property?

Another Model looks fine

  • $\begingroup$ I think you're right, it's gotta be a bug. I went to previous Blender files of the model and in early enough versions the selected face color is correct. When I go to later ones, selected face color does not appear (but on other models in the same file it looks fine). $\endgroup$
    – Triad
    Mar 27, 2016 at 20:06
  • $\begingroup$ and clearing sharp edges doesn't seem to make a difference. Thanks for the tip though. $\endgroup$
    – Triad
    Mar 27, 2016 at 20:11
  • $\begingroup$ "something specific the model itself is overriding the view property" this couldn't happen. However - in original model (problem one) try selecting all, pressing W and choose Remove Doubles. $\endgroup$
    – Mr Zak
    Mar 27, 2016 at 20:59
  • $\begingroup$ 71 vertices removed, but no change with the viewport issue. Good idea though. $\endgroup$
    – Triad
    Mar 28, 2016 at 4:08

1 Answer 1


In the properties region P there is a panel called Mesh Display, check that the faces overlay is enabled.

overlay option

  • $\begingroup$ Holy mackerel that did it! And these settings are unique to each model, interesting! Thank you :) $\endgroup$
    – Triad
    Mar 30, 2016 at 2:31

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