Jump to content
MattG

Viewport Opacity

Recommended Posts

Is there a way that someone here has come up with to make a viewport have opacity to it?

 

Basically I have two viewports of the same thing stacked on top of each other.  I want the viewport in the back to be able to have the equivalent of a 30% opacity, all other rendering settings the same.  

 

Right now I'm playing with render styles to accomplish this but it is not really getting the desired effect.  Anyone have any advice?

 

Thanks,

Matt

Share this post


Link to post

Have you tried applying Image Effects to the viewport and playing with those settings?  That might do the trick.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

What about drawing a rectangle over the rear viewport and applying an opacity to that.

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

You need to create a design layer with "Overlay" transfer mode selected instead of "Paint."  That layer when converted to a .pdf can have an assigned opacity by %, allowing you to vary its transparency.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
23 hours ago, Matt Panzer said:

Have you tried applying Image Effects to the viewport and playing with those settings?  That might do the trick.

 

 

I tried but there is nothing in the Image Effects for opacity, but I really think there should be at some point because that or just being able to use opacity in the attributes pallet would do the trick.

 

Matt

Share this post


Link to post
21 hours ago, P Retondo said:

You need to create a design layer with "Overlay" transfer mode selected instead of "Paint."  That layer when converted to a .pdf can have an assigned opacity by %, allowing you to vary its transparency.

 

Well I consider myself a fairly advanced user and I have never really realized this is an option.  Not really what I am looking for but good info.

 

I am for simplicity sake just looking for something that takes a viewport on a sheet layer and lets me have a viewport at 30% opacity.  I feel like there should be a simpler way to do that then doing that in the design layers etc.  In the end I can do it in a adobe program after the face quickly, but I just have to believe there would be a simple way to do that. 

Share this post


Link to post
2 hours ago, MattG said:

I tried but there is nothing in the Image Effects for opacity, but I really think there should be at some point because that or just being able to use opacity in the attributes pallet would do the trick.

 

Do you really want to see through the viewport?  It sounds to me you want to "lighten" the rendered viewport.  If that's what you need, then adjusting the Exposure and saturation can do it easily.

image.png

Share this post


Link to post

@MattG I'm curious why TomKen's method doesn't work for you.  It's a pretty effective trick that I use as well.

 

On 12/8/2020 at 9:32 AM, TomKen said:

What about drawing a rectangle over the rear viewport and applying an opacity to that.

 

 

Share this post


Link to post

Matt, I don't know what version you are using, but if it is recent, you can turn on GDI+Imaging (VW Preferences, Display tab, last option).  Then you can set the opacity of a 2d object fill in the Attributes Palette.  Placing a white rectangle with opacity around 70% would give the effect of a grayed-out look to the object below.

 

If you want a viewport that shows object below it, you have to assign a layer transparency (if GDI+Imaging is "on") or assign a transfer mode of "Overlay" to the layer if GDI+Imaging is "off."

Edited by P Retondo

Share this post


Link to post

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


 

7150 Riverwood Drive, Columbia, Maryland 21046, USA   |   Contact Us:   410-290-5114

 

© 2018 Vectorworks, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Vectorworks, Inc. is part of the Nemetschek Group.

×
×
  • Create New...