Modeling
About Archicad's design tools, element connections, modeling concepts, etc.

Applying opacity to a jpeg

Anonymous
Not applicable
Is there any way you can you set a opacity to a jpeg in Archicad?

I am trying to create elevations for presentation, and need to add "realistic" trees in order to indicate context, but then the elevation itself starts getting lost, and I am very much trying to avoid having to take these elevations in to photoshop.
11 REPLIES 11
Laszlo Nagy
Community Admin
Community Admin
There is one place for JPG Transparency. When you place an image file with the Figure Tool, in its Settings Dialog you can check the Transparent checkbox. In this case all pixels in the image that are completely white will become transparent and you can see elements under or beyond them.
But this is a ON/OFF type of thing, so it will not work if you want something that sets opacity by a slider between 0 and 100%.
Get Archicad Tips at https://twitter.com/laszlonagy
AMD Ryzen 1700X CPU, 48 GB RAM, Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB, 500 GB NVMe SSD
2x28" (2560x1440), WIN10 PRO ENG, Ac20-Ac27
Loving Archicad since 1995
Anonymous
Not applicable
So I will have to export and take it to photoshop then.
Thank you for your help and quick response! Appreciate it.
Anonymous
Not applicable
my dream that archicad can do this one day ... version after version, and nothing ...
alemanda
Advocate
Try to put a percentage fill over it playing with foreground color.
AC 19 and AC21 latest hotfix
Win 10 Pro 64bit
Double XEON 14 CORES (tot 28 physical cores)
32GB RAM - SSD 256GB - Nvidia Quadro K620
Display DELL 25'' 2560x1440
www.almadw.it
Anonymous
Not applicable
This does not give transparency , because I need to see what 's behind ... For example , a PNG tree on a elevation, need to see the building that have behind ... or a tree on a flor plan, need to see the road/paving that have behind...
Perhaps in ArchiCAD version 5000 will have this feature...

Thanks
alemanda
Advocate
Sorry I misunderstood.

I think it's not possible to have in archicad the opacity you want to get ...
AC 19 and AC21 latest hotfix
Win 10 Pro 64bit
Double XEON 14 CORES (tot 28 physical cores)
32GB RAM - SSD 256GB - Nvidia Quadro K620
Display DELL 25'' 2560x1440
www.almadw.it
Bobby_ja_tt
Participant
have you tried importing your image onto a work sheet then displaying it as a reference and using the opacity option there?
Robert Thompson
Ackee Workshop
_________________
Archicad 9-21 FULL
Rhino 5 (mac)
MacBook Pro
2.8 GHz Intel Core i7
16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
__________________
Anonymous
Not applicable
This way works but the reference does not go to the layout book ... and I need some PNG trees have different opacities of others ..
Example in the attached images




Eduardo Rolon
Moderator
First of all Archicad is geared for Construction Documents and its "presentation" capabilities will never be as great as using Photoshop or Illustrator etc. Anyway doing a little test using AC's trees and using the send to back command while turning on vectorial fills with transparent backgrounds gives me this. Different opacities is another different problem that might be solved by using custom pictures.
Screen Shot 2016-08-06 at 6.28.27 PM.jpg
Eduardo Rolón AIA NCARB
AC27 US/INT -> AC08

Macbook Pro M1 Max 64GB ram, OS X 10.XX latest
another Moderator

Start a new conversation!

Still looking?

Browse more topics

Back to forum

See latest solutions

Accepted solutions

Start a new discussion!