Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Transparency, part of AutoCAD: Using the Command Line (2016).
- As usual, we're staying in the 03_Customizing.dwg file. You'll find that in your lynda.com exercise files. And what we're going to look at now is the transparency of the AutoCAD command line in AutoCAD. How does that work? How can you make the AutoCAD command line transparent? What I'm going to do is I'm going to move the command line first to show you how this works. I hover over the little dots like we did in the previous videos, click and drag.
I'm just going to move the command line up here. You'll notice we're actually using the drawing this time. Here we go. You can see the door there through the command line, but when I hover over it, can you see, it goes solid to allow me to type a command in the command line? When I move the cross hair away from the command line again, though, it goes transparent. If I right click on the command line, you'll see there in the Shortcut menu, there is a Transparency option right there. If I click on Transparency, it says How transparent should the command line be? And I really like this because it's kind of asking you questions about what you want for the command line.
It's not just giving you a value to type in. You can go from clear to solid. As you can see, how transparent should the command line be? At the moment, it's 70% Opacity, so it's sort of slightly solid, but not quite. You can still see through it. If I drag this slider bar here, you can see the opacity changes. Opacity is linked to the word opaque. Opaque means that you cannot see through it, so the idea being is I'll bring that to say 50% now.
Just drag it down to there like that. There's 50% Opacity, so it should be more transparent when I look at it in the AutoCAD drawing. How transparent should the command line be when you move the mouse over the command line? It's called mouseover or rollover. I've actually left that at a hundred percent. The reason I want that at a hundred percent is when I'm working with the command line, I don't want it to be transparent. I've always left it that way as well, but I can click to preview this.
Can you see when I click to preview, that preview's the actual opacity of the rollover? Can you see that? It goes a hundred percent solid like that. When I click on OK now, you'll see now that the command line, I can see more through it. I can see the actual door through it. If I hover over it, though, it's still a hundred percent opaque and solid, so that when I type commands into the command line, they're nice and easy to see. That's how you set the transparency in your AutoCAD command line.
- Entering input with the keyboard and mouse
- Positioning the command line
- Hiding the command line
- Customizing command-line settings
- Typing commands
- Using dynamic input
- Navigating an AutoCAD drawing with the command line
- Using the function keys
- Entering coordinates