The ability to make a GIS layer transparent. That is, the ability to adjust the opacity or transparency of a layer to allow information below the layer to be visible.

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How to create a transparent box in the map layout?

Is there a way to create a transparent box in the ArcGIS layout view similar to the one in the screenshot? I have tried without success adding a transparent box by inserting a neatline, adding a new ...
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Displaying transparent overlapping polygons in ArcGIS for Desktop?

I'm trying to draw home range maps in ArcGIS 10.1 and am having difficulty displaying them as I would like. The home ranges are in the form of polygons and many of them overlap. I'm trying to get a ...
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ArcObjects - Create and Draw a Transparent Polygon

I'm trying to create a transparent Polygon in ArcMap; however, it's never transparent. Here's the code I have. // Create polygon IPolygon polygon = new PolygonClass(); // create & add ...
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How to alter transparency by spatial location

I'm trying to create a map that has a all layers within a subject area having 0% transparency (full opaque), while features outside that area (defined by a polygon shapefile) having a reduced ...
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How to make transparent the background of a topographic map in QGis 1.8.0?

I'm starting to use QGis 1.8.0. I have a raster topographic map, i.e. white background and black contour lines, houses, roads and so on. I want to make transparent the white background, so if I ...
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Creating transparent marker/symbol in ArcGIS Desktop?

How can I create a transparent marker/symbol in ArcGIS Desktop 10? I am trying to do this by setting up the transparency of the layer, but the markers seem unaffected by this change. Any ideas?
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How to set the transparency for multiple layers or add a global transparancy preference?

How can I set the transparency to 27 % for all 245 layers in QGIS? The only way I know of is by right clicking on the layer name, selecting Properties, then Transparency and then moving the ...
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Transparency for PDFs in Arc

Trying to generate a vector-based PDF map, which includes transparencies, for quality purposes. However, I'm finding that transparencies get rasterized instead and is lower quality. Is there any ...
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How to create transparent text?

I am trying to insert a watermark into a map using ArcGIS. As you can see from the screenshot, I have the text in place, although I need to make the text transparent (e.g. 50% transparency). I used ...
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How to change layer transparency without changing border lines?

I have a raster image of elevations. I have added a vector shapefile that contains local political divisions. I want to keep the elevation colors, but I want to keep the black lines representing the ...
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how to create translucent objects in KML?

I've been able to create a KML file that shows a circle on my (Google Earth) map. Now I would like to have a translucent fill on the circle. I'm new to KML, so I'm learning by trial-and-error with ...
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How to change the Transparency of an ILayer?

I've created a function which sets the IColor to a specific ILayer, the value of transparency is between 0 and 255. When I set the value to 0, it gives me a transparent layer which is OK, but when I ...
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How do I add a field that determines the feature's transparency in ArcMap?

I have a feature layer that has points. I want these points to be transparent depending on a field that I've created. Here are references to being able to actually do this (I do understand that these ...
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IRasterLayer background transparency in C++ with ArcObjects 10.x .NET

I have a georeferenced IRasterLayer which is displaying data from a PPM file with no alpha channel. I am trying to specify a color which should be treated as transparent. In ArcMap it is possible to ...
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Both-sided transparency in ArcScene for extruded features

I'd like to extrude my polylines and make them transparent, but from both sides. As you can see below, the transparency works only on one side. I think it's something with the side-orientation. I can ...
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Exporting GIS Images with Transparency

I'm trying to export some images of Gulf of Mexico infrastructure that will later be used for non-GIS purposes as overlays onto sea current/weather maps (likely in photoshop). I have no clue how to ...
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When symbolising by category can I make the transparency different for each category? [duplicate]

Normally when I'm making something semi-transparent I edit the transparency in layer properties, but now im trying to make something in the layer (a symbol level) semi transparent. I want to edit the ...
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How do I draw transparent polygons with ArcObjects?

How do I draw transparent polygons in ArcObjects? I mean is it possible to set alpha channel?
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How to make transparent the background of a WMS layer in Leaflet

I have inserted the following layer from a geoserver in the following Leaflet map : var nexrad = new L.TileLayer.WMS("URL", { layers: 'Wrecks:WrecksGreaterNorthSea', format: 'image/png', ...
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Transparency in Labels/annotations

I am trying to get my labels transparent. I have converted them into annotation and unable to make the annotations transparent. I have kept annotation in the map. My annotation layer does not appear ...
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Is there free GIS reader that supports transparency of JPEG layers? [closed]

I need to make from my ArcMap layers (which are georeferenced JPEG files) a file that can work on a free and easy to use program. The program needs to be able to open multiple layers so we can put ...
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Exporting Graphic with transparency in layout to PDF using ArcGIS for Desktop?

I'm using ArcGIS 10.1 for Desktop. I am trying to export a pretty simple map to PDF and finding the results are not what I expect. I have inserted two graphics on top in Layout. One is just a ...
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How to make a transparent background image using r.out.png?

Can the white background of the r.out.png of GRASS be changed to transparent?
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GDAL: Convert specific RGB (GeoTIFF) color to transparent

I have an RGB GeoTIFF file and I want to convert a specific RGB colour to transparent. I would like to use GDAL for doing this, but external Python scripts are also an option (though I haven't learned ...
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Changing the transparency of a raster layer with ArcObjects

I'm trying to do some simple things with the .net framework and ArcObjects, but have little experience with this type of development. I would like to iterate through the layers in a map document and ...
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QGIS: how to set transparency for OSM tiles layer?

I'm using QGIS 2.8.3-Wien in an Ubuntu14. My problem is the following: I'm using the OpenStreetMap tiles to draw maps of some specific regions. The problem is that, for some urban/rural regions, ...
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Setting different transparency for different areas of basemap

I want to print the map of a town and I would like to see the basemap more transparent outside the town area (border polygon) or vice versa. How can I do this? I'm using ArcGIS 10.2.2 for Desktop ...
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How to maintain transparency of a layer during edit sessions?

I'm editing the polygons of one shapefile to more closely match the polygons of another shapefile, essentially tracing the one over the other. I've set the transparency of the layer under edit to 75%, ...
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How to save the Map Canvas as PNG with transparent background programmatically?

I wrote a script to create a big number of heatmaps for a given scenario. I would like to save the result of every heatmap as a png image. I have figuered it out doing it with simple Map Rendering but ...
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Making empty parts of aerial imagery transparent

I have a raster file (ECW format) that covers a very large area, however the contents comprise a thin strip of aerial imagery (100m strip centered over the rail line). The bounding box for the image ...
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Show transparency after adding transparent MapBox layer to Open Layers (Openlayers)

I'm new to tile set maps. I am trying to add MapBox layers that I made in TileMill (and have sitting in my MapBox Hosting account) into Open Layers. I have successfully added a non-transparent layer. ...
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Set transparency for raster in QGIS 2.12?

How do I make raster layers (Tiff) transparent? To simply right click and choose properties does not work, I do not get the option of making it transparent when doing that. In the raster menu, there ...
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qgis raster style 'no data value' checkbox is ignored - what's a good workaround?

See bug report filed here: http://hub.qgis.org/issues/10236 Note the initial bug report got 'fixed' but that fix introduced this new error, so the issue was reopened a few days ago. Anyway, it ...
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Displaying black background pixels in RGB raster as transparent (QGIS)

I have the following RGB raster and would like to remove the black background (where R=0, G=0, B=0). I'm using QGIS. The problem is that the raster itself also contains black pixels. Using the option ...
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Change Values of Georeferenced Raster

I am using QGIS to georeference B&W images. I have now done this and would like to set the black surround of the image (as a result of the georeferencing) to transparent but this does not work as ...
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Using the alpha channel of a GeoTIFF in Geoserver

I want to publish a map as a WMS using GeoServer. The map consists of several layers each of which is a GeoTIFF containing RGB channels and an alpha channel. The images were edited in Photoshop and ...
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How to render a transparent raster layer on top of one or more vector layers with PyQgis?

I been trying to render a map with a 3 vector layers and one raster layer. The idea is that the raster layer should be on top of the other 3 vector layers. The problem is that even when I add the ...
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Overlaying a mbtiles tile layer produced with tilemill over another layer maintaining transperency

So using leaflet, I'm overlaying my base tile layer as google satellite imagery. I want to overlay another layer (Mbtiles layer) produced with tilemill over this satellite layer. I was successful in ...
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Getting transparent graphics in ArcGIS Desktop?

I have a point layer symbolized with a logo I created. I have the layer set to 50% transparency. I would like to manually rearrange these logos by converting these symbols to graphics. Once I ...
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How to remove all transparency from all layers?

I am using ArcMap 10.1 and I would like to remove all transparency from all the layers in the map at once.
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How to make the white background of an RGB raster transparent?

I would like to show on my map only the reddish pixels of my raster layer. Said in another way: I would like to transform my white background into transparent background so I can see my other ...
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transparency in pie charts

I was able to make my pie charts in one mxd transparent, which I prefer, but I cannot replicate it. When I try to look it up it seems pie charts cant be made transparent. they are two different layers ...
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A nice display of hillshade and my geologic map

i want to create a nice hillshade map covered by a grid or RGB map, with similar colour results in ArcMap like this: Is there a way to achieve this in ArcGis without transparency settings which ...
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How do I adjust transparency on heatmap so that I can see background raster map? QGIS 1.8.0

I have created a raster heatmap for the first time, but I cant seem to adjust the transparency settings to let me see another background OS raster map beneath it. I have attempted to swap the ...
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How to set opacity with gdal_rasterize

I am using gdal_rasterize to create a raster of a huge file containing polygons. I managed to generate the raster file with the right color and with the minimum size to tile it after with the ...
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Fading or Removing Boundaries in ArcMap?

I have a dot density map of a county. I need to either fade or remove the tract lines. I can adjust the frame transparency but that's not what I'm after. I'm using ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop.
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How to make background of EMF symbol transparent in ArcGIS? [duplicate]

I have been sent a collection of PNG and SVG images with which I should symbolize my points in ArcGIS 10.0. Unfortunately ArcGIS 10.0 doesn´t support PNG when symbolizing points, so I have converted ...
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How to surround a clipped raster with transparency? (gdalwarp)

I am trying to perform the following task, but it does not seem to work: I have got a raster file (raster.tif) containing an aerial photo, which I want to clip using a Shape file (clip.shp) that ...
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QGis problem with raster transparent

I am new to QGIS. I found the problem impossible to solve the parts of raster data that are in TIFF format should be made transparent. What do I do?
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Setting Transparency in .IMG format

Is there a way for QGIS make just the black value (255,255,255) on an .IMG format file transparency. Right now their transparent option makes the whole image transparent.