Frequent tipster Danny Korem shares some tips on using transparencies in AutoCAD.
"Transparency is like magic. As architects, we enjoy transparency very much. It turns drawings into vivid images of elevations, layout plans, and more. I believe all other professionals will enjoy it as well.
"Here are my tips concerning transparency:
- In your model space, transparency can be seen only if switched on: 'TransparencyDisplay = 1'
- If your layouts have their respective page setup(s), check the box to the left of Plot Transparency (located at the right side of the dialog box).
- When plotting, abide by the item above — provided you don't believe in page setup.
- I recommend using a transparency setting of Bylayer rather than changing a solid hatch singular object. That means you create a specific layer (or set of layers) that keeps the transparency values (a number between 0 and 90) as you prefer. Objects in those specific layers will reflect these values as if it were a color or a linetype."
Notes from Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton: Transparencies are a great tool in AutoCAD. They can help you shade an area while keeping it faded back. This can create a visual effect that highlights an area, yet does not overwhelm a drawing. Transparency can also allow linework behind the shaded area to be seen. Transparency settings act just like any other object setting in AutoCAD. You can assign it to the object directly or by layer. I agree with the tipster and try to manage transparency by layer rather than by object. It makes editing your drawing simpler and keeps things organized.