Transparency for Shape Fills in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to apply transparency to shape fills in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
Shape fills such as
and textures can have a transparency attribute that lets you reduce the opacity of a fill so that the
slide object or background behind shows through. Transparency is calculated in percentages
and you can change its value all the way from 0 to 100%. Some fill options, such as
slide background have no transparency options. Look at Figure 1 below,
and you will see the original shapes on the left with their semi-transparent counterparts
on the right -- we intentionally placed all these shapes on a patterned background so that
you can see the pattern through the semi-transparent shapes towards right.
Figure 1: Original shapes with various fills and their semi-transparent counterparts
To set a transparency value for your shape, follow these steps:
Select the shape
that has a solid color, gradient, pictures or texture fill. Right-click the shape to bring up the
contextual menu that you can see in Figure 2. Within this menu, choose the Format Shape
Figure 2: Format Shape option selected
- This brings up the Format Shape
Task Pane that
you see in Figure 3 -- options may differ depending upon the original
fill of your selected shape -- in this instance, our shape had a solid fill.
You drag the Transparency slider, highlighted in
red with Figure 3 to change the transparency value.
Figure 3: Set transparency for solid fill
Tip: You can even use the up or down-arrows towards the right (highlighted in blue within Figure 3, above) to increase or decrease the transparency -- also you can directly type in the transparency value within the box placed next to Transparency slider.
The Transparency slider for Picture or texture fill is similarly highlighted in red within Figure 4, below.
Figure 4: Set transparency for picture or texture fill
Tip: PowerPoint does not allow you to set a transparent value for inserted pictures -- you can therefore use any picture as a fill for a rectangular or any other shape, and then change the transparency value of the picture fill!
Gradient fills work a little differently as far as transparency is concerned -- you need to adjust the transparency value of every single color " stop" comprised within the gradient fill you choose. To do that, select each stop of your gradient individually, and change its transparency, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 5, below.
Figure 5: Set transparency for gradient stops
Tip: To learn more about gradient stops, explore our Gradient Stops in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
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