Transparency can be applied in lots of ways in Affinity Publisher.


Here are the typical methods for its use.

Opacity is a term you'll see in Affinity Publisher—this is the opposite of transparency. An object with 0% transparency is fully opaque (100% opacity), while 100% transparency means the object is invisible (0% opacity).

Opacity quick keys

You can use the numerical keys to set the layer opacity of a selected layer(s) or object(s).

To change the solid opacity of an object:
  1. From the Colour panel, choose stroke or fill from the Stroke/Fill colour selector.
  2. Drag the Opacity slider.
Transparency Tool To apply a transparency gradient to an object:
  1. From the Tools panel, select the Transparency Tool.
  2. Drag across your object to apply a transparency gradient.
To apply layer opacity:
  1. From the Layers panel, select a layer.
  2. Click the panel's Opacity down arrow and drag the slider to adjust.
To use opacity quick keys:
  1. Select a single layer or object, or multiple layers or objects.
  2. Press a numerical key, or two numerical keys in quick succession, to set the opacity. For example:
    • Press 4 for 40% opacity.
    • Press 0 for 100% opacity.
    • Press 4 and 5 for 45% opacity.
    • Press 0 and 7 for 7% opacity.
Layer Effects To apply layer effect opacity:
  1. From the Layers panel, click Layer Effects.
  2. From the dialog, adjust the Opacity slider if available. Not all layer effects have the Opacity setting.