How to Change Transparency in Google Drawings

How to Change Transparency in Google Drawings

Expecting a drawing tool to offer photo-editing features is devilish. But when the tool is from Google, nothing stops our imagination. Fortunately, Google lives up to our expectations and doesn’t disappoint. The feature could be as trivial as cropping a photo or changing the transparency of images and shapes in Google Drawings.

In addition to adjustable transparency, Drawings also offers other editing features like size, color adjustments, shadows, and reflections. The transparency feature differs for shapes and images. It is buried in a way that might make it difficult to access and use.

We’ll help you change the transparency of images and shapes in Google Drawings (and drawings in Google Docs). Start now.

Make an Image Transparent in Google Drawings

To achieve the same in Google Drawings, follow these steps:

1. Open your drawing on the Google Drawings website.

2. Right-click on your image and select Format options. Alternatively, click on the image once, then hit Format in the top toolbar and choose Format options.

3. In the Format options window, click on Adjustments. Find the Transparency slider and slide it to change the transparency level of your image. Easy, right?

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Change Transparency of Shapes in Google Drawings

To change the opacity of shapes in Google Drawings, follow these steps: The above method does not apply to shapes.

1. Make Border Transparent

First, add your shape to the drawing by making the border transparent. Click on the shape and hit the border color icon in the toolbar. Select the Transparent option to make it fully transparent.

How to Change Transparency in Google Drawings

You will notice the border disappearing from the shape.

How to Change Transparency in Google Drawings

2. Adjust Transparency of Shape

To adjust the transparency of the shape, click on the fill color icon next to the border color icon in the top bar.

How to Change Transparency in Google Drawings

There are two ways to change the transparency of a shape.

1. Make the Shape Entirely Transparent While Keeping Border

To remove the shape’s color and make it transparent, click on the Transparent text under the color fill icon.

2. Make the Shape Slightly Transparent

To adjust the transparency level of an image without making it fully transparent, click on the Custom text under the color fill icon.

How to Change Transparency in Google Drawings

Adjust the transparency using the slider in the pop-up window. Save by clicking Ok.

How to Change Transparency in Google Drawings

Here is the final shape with modified transparency.

How to Change Transparency in Google Drawings

Reduce Transparency Inside Google Docs

When creating a drawing in a Google Docs document, it has fewer features than Google Drawings. One missing feature is image formatting options, including transparency. However, there is a workaround to modify the transparency of an image.

Shapes are available in Google Docs, and the method to adjust transparency is the same as in Google Drawings. Simply use the Custom option under the color fill icon.

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Change Transparency of Image in Drawings inside Google Docs

Steps:

1: Add an image to your drawing in Google Docs.

2: Add a rectangle shape to the image. If your image is a different shape, select it from the shape options.

3: Draw the shape over the image to hide it.

How to Change Transparency in Google Drawings

Step 4: Select the shape, click on the border color icon, and then choose Transparency to make it transparent.

How to Change Transparency in Google Drawings

Step 5: Hit the color fill icon and choose white for the shape.

How to Change Transparency in Google DrawingsHow to Change Transparency in Google Drawings

Step 6: Click on the color fill icon and select Custom option.

How to Change Transparency in Google Drawings

Step 7: Adjust the transparency using the slider under Transparency option. Click OK to save the changes.

How to Change Transparency in Google Drawings

Here is the before and after comparison of the image.

How to Change Transparency in Google Drawings

Wonders of Transparency

Changing the transparency of images and shapes is useful for adding watermarks, merging images or an image and shape, and other tasks. It all depends on how you use Google Drawings for your work.

Next up: Google Docs is a useful tool for creating timelines. Read our guide to easily create one by clicking the link below.

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