I started working part-time recently and I actually got to use this new transparency feature that is new to AutoCAD 2011. And now I love it. It is as easy as freezing layers in viewports – REALY!
(the picture below shows how your drawings may currently look without transparency)
- First and most importantly, Turn ON the TPY (Transparency) button in the status bar or else you wont see any of these settings.
- While in a Layout Tab, activate the viewport in which you want to apply transparency.
- From here, you may be aware that you can freeze layers from the layers drop-down menu but we are going to open the “Layers Manager” to add the transparency.
- LA <enter> to open the Layers manager
- Scroll to right right of the Layers Manager – and you will notice that you have a whole bunch of options that you don’t usually have when you open it up in Model-Space. These new options are only available while you are in a viewport thus the prefix “VP…”
- Find the Layer within the Layer Manager and then locate the column “VP Transparency” and click it. A little dialog box will appear.
- You can set transparency values from 0-90 – 90 being the most transparent. In this example, I used 90 to show the effect, feel free to adjust accordingly.
- Click OK when finished.
- Now close the Layers Manager and you will see the transparency take efffect. If you do not see the effect, make sure that the TYP button is turned on in the status bar & make sure that the viewport is activated when setting the transparency value.
(The picture below shows the TYP “transparency” button in the status bar)
(The Picture Below shows the results)
This setting is great but if you plot/print, you may not see the transparency in the plot.
To fix this:
- In the “Plot” dialog box, make sure that the “Plot Transparency” check-box is checked. and you should be ready to go.
One last tip: Apparently, when plotting with transparency, it takes longer because AutoCAD processes the plot as a picture instead of plotting it as “vectorized” lines and arcs. So be patient when plotting. The results are worth it.