In lower version of CAD, when graphics objects cover each other, we’ll need to set sequence for them and make text, dimension and some graphics objects show on top and make other objects show in the bottom. Higher version of CAD provides transparency settings, so we can add transparency to graphics objects when they cover each other and we can see through the intersection part. As shown in the following picture.

Transparency is regarded as a new property for graphics objects in CAD, we can set transparency property separately or through the Layer settings. Since transparency is usually used for filling, the Filling dialogue has exclusively included the transparency property. The following are methods to add transparency.

  1. Add transparency to layer

Open the Layer Properties Manager dialogue box, we can see the Transparency property in the dialogue. Click the Transparency value and the Layer Transparency dialogue will pop up. We can enter the transparency value as shown in the following picture.

The Layer transparency value will apply to those graphics objects whose transparency parameter is Bylayer.

2. Add transparency to object

If we want to add transparency to specific object, we’ll need to select the object and set transparency at the drop-down box in the Properties Panel. If using the GstarCAD Classic interface, we can set the transparency by opening the floating Properties Panel (CTRL+1), as shown in the following picture.

3. Transparency setups

Solid Fill or Gradient Fill tend to block other graphics objects, so transparency property is widely used in filling objects. The fill dialogue or fill panel provides transparency settings and we can set the transparency when creating new fillings.

The above are methods to add transparency, if you have other methods, please do not hesitate to comment and share your thought.

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