Using Transparency in Google Drawings

In this previous post I discussed applying transparent backgrounds to images, and how this can be beneficial when creating slides for your presentations.

It’s worth remembering that Google Drawing, too, can create diagrams, drawings and other graphics with transparent backgrounds, making them great for transferring (e.g. via the web clipboard) into your presentations.

Let’s suppose you’ve chosen, or created, a graphic background for your slide:

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Now we want to create a diagram in Google Drawing. The hatched background area displayed in the Drawing interface corresponds to parts of your drawing that will render on a transparent background. Here’s our diagram in the course of being created in Drawing, with solid-colored shapes on a transparent background:

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Web clipboard makes it easy to copy the completed diagram and paste it into our slide:

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After re-sizing and aligning the diagram using the drag-handles of the bounding box, our slide is complete:

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In another post I discuss using intermediate levels of transparency, i.e. the creation of objects that are neither fully transparent nor fully opaque.