How To Make A Shape Transparent In Photoshop

Shapes that are transparent and let you see through to the background picture provide images and other Photoshop graphics with a unique appearance. Transparent fills are a simple way for even new designers to give their shapes atmosphere or depth. Transparent fills can be created in various ways, depending on the user’s preferred tools and software experience level.

You can apply a translucent fill to your objects in Photoshop using various tools and approaches. First, you must set up the shape, so it is ready for transparency. Next, you can use tools such as Fill Dialog Box or the Paint Bucket.

Keep reading below as we take you through these methods and techniques in more detail.

What Is A Transparent Fill?

Colors with transparent fills enable people to see the objects underneath them. With this, incredible effects may be produced in Photoshop. A transparent orange fill, for instance, can provide “warmth” to a picture. Altering the depth or mood of the canvas is another advantage.

How To Make A Shape Transparent In Photoshop

The methods listed below can create a transparent shape in Photoshop. 

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Setting up a transparent fill style typically only requires choosing a color for the fill and creating a new layer.

  • Create a new, empty layer in the Layers panel above the image layer. 
  • Clicking “Layer,” “New,” then “Layer” in the menu bar is one method of adding a new, blank layer. 

The initial color should be quite intense and vibrant because it will be diminished by the translucent effect. However, choosing a color for the fill is a matter of personal preference. 

  • The full-strength color may be chosen by clicking the foreground color chip in the Tools panel, which displays the Color Picker dialogue.

Dialog Box Fill

The Fill dialogue box technique may produce a transparent fill when a new, empty layer is placed over the picture, and a foreground color is chosen. 

  • The Fill dialogue box is opened when the new layer is chosen, and “Edit” is selected from the menu bar, followed by “Fill.” 
  • The user should choose “Foreground Color” and an Opacity % in this dialogue box to produce the fill with the previously chosen color. 
  • With 100% being completely solid, 50% being half transparent, 20% being weak, and so on, this percentage signifies the strength of transparency. 
  • The fill becomes translucent after selecting OK.

Paint Bucket

The Paint Bucket tool may be used from the Tools panel as an alternate option to the Fill dialogue box. 

  • The same conditions apply: a new, empty layer is created, and foreground color is chosen. 
  • The Opacity field, which may be changed by entering a new percentage or by moving the slider, is visible when the Paint Bucket tool is selected in the options bar at the top of the screen. 
  • A single click with the tool on the canvas causes the region to fill with the color at the chosen % strength.

Layers Panel

The transparency level cannot be changed after using the Fill dialogue box or Paint Bucket. The Layers panel’s opacity setting provides more freedom. 

  • The Fill dialogue box or Paint Bucket technique are used first, with the opacity selection set to 100%, full-strength. 
  • The Opacity slider may be changed at any moment and altered to any required level at the top of the Layers panel.

Layer Effect

Instead of using a foreground color or a blank layer, a more sophisticated method of applying a transparent fill uses the layer effect. 

  • The photo layer should first be chosen in the Layers window. 
  • If this layer is a “Background” layer that cannot be edited, double clicking it and selecting OK will change it to a “Layer 0” layer that can be edited. 
  • The effect may be used by selecting “Layer” from the menu bar, then “Layer Style,” then “Color Overlay.” This opens the required dialogue box. 
  • The opacity percentage and color selection options are both included in this Layer Style dialogue box. 
  • The fill may be changed at any moment by double-clicking the Color Overlay in the Layers panel after pressing OK to apply it.


In Photoshop, adding transparency may help you create some unique effects. However, learning how to apply transparency in Photoshop can sometimes be a little challenging. This is the reason why we came up with a detailed tutorial on the topic. Now you can add transparency to a shape in Photoshop using the simple steps listed in this article. We hope that this guide helps your artwork.