Configuring Gloss and Retrace Settings using the Gloss And Retrace Panel in Altium Designer

This document is no longer available beyond version 21. Information can now be found here: Controlling Glossing & Retracing Behavior for version 24


The Gloss And Retrace panel – a single place for configuring gloss and retrace options The Gloss And Retrace panel – a single place for configuring gloss and retrace options


To help produce neat routing with the minimum number of corners, the PCB editor includes Gloss Selected and Retrace Selected commands which use a sophisticated set of algorithms developed specifically to produce cleaner routing and pad entries that respect the intent of the applicable design rules. Glossing focuses on improving the trace geometry, where Retrace assumes the overall geometry is satisfactory, focusing instead on satisfying the design rules.

The Gloss And Retrace panel is used to configure all gloss and retrace options. The panel can be used to set the gloss and retrace parameters that work best for your design.

The settings in the Gloss And Retrace panel do not affect the execution of interactive commands which have the glossing functionality as their part, these are related to glossing and retracing functionality only when using the Gloss Selected and Retrace Selected commands.
To learn more about glossing and retracing existing routes on a PCB in Altium Designer, refer to the Glossing & Retracing of Existing Routes page.

Panel Access

The panel can be accessed when the PCB.Routing.GlossRetracePanel option is enabled in the Advanced Settings dialog.

The Gloss And Retrace panel can be accessed in the following ways:

  • Click the button at the bottom-right of the application window, then select the Gloss And Retrace menu option.
  • Select the View » Panels » Gloss And Retrace command from the main menus.

Content and Use

The Gloss And Retrace panel content is arranged in collapsible sections that are opened and closed using the ► icon associated with each section heading. The property control information included below is arranged by matching sections, and each collapsible section is opened/closed by clicking on it.

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