CorelDRAW transparency tool


CorelDRAWs transparency tool can really make a difference for your web-to-print templates. Lots of cool effects are achieved with combining simple transparencies, but it you to know how. Read on.

About the tool

The Transparency tool sits in CorelDRAW toolbox menu on the left under Interactive tools group. The default interactive tool is Blending tool. Click and hold on the icon to gain access to the other tools in the group and the Transparency tool it self.

CorelDRAW transparency tool settings_bar


CorelDRAW transparency tool presets/

CorelDRAW has several presets and properties in the top settings bar that comes up when the tool is active. You can pick any of them depending on the type of transparency you want to apply to the object. View examples of these presets at



CorelDRAW linear transparency/

The basic “Fade out” transparency is the Linear one. This is the default preset of the tool and is applied by clicking and dragging on the selected object with CorelDRAWs transparency tool activated.


Transparency operation

CorelDRAW transparency operation/



There are quite a few Transparency operation presets to chose from. These operations enable different overlaying options and most are dependent on the colors of the transparent object and the objects underneath it.





Here are a few samples of the same text frame on the same background color with different transparency operations assigned to it.

CorelDRAW no transparency
No transparency
CorelDRAW normal transparency
“Normal” transparency
CorelDRAW add transparency
“Add” transparency
CorelDRAW difference transparency
“Difference” transparency

Transparency target

CorelDRAW transparency target/

The transparency effect that you apply to an object can be assigned to the objects fill, outline (if the object has one) or both.

CorelDRAW transparency on all
Transparency target:
CorelDRAW transparency on fill
Transparency target:
CorelDRAW transparency on outline
Transparency target:

Complex transparency

CorelDRAW Interactive transparency tool/

By default, the tool is made up from a “from” and “to” color box and a slider in between.

  • The light (White) color box represents the point where the transparency starts and the object is most visible;
  • The dark (Black) color box represents the point where the transparency ends and the object is invisible;
  • The slider controls the transition between the both.


You can also insert additional transparency points to achieve more complex transitions.

CorelDRAW add transparency points/


Click on a color (Black or White) from the color palette on the right, hold down the click, drag it above the transparency tool dotted line and release. New transition point appear and you can slide them just like the original ones.



Inverted transparency

CorelDRAW does not have a built-in Invert transparency option as a Transparency tool preset.

CorelDRAW inverting the transparency


To invert the direction of the transparency fade in/fade out you need to invert the color squares of the tool. Click on a lighter color (Ex. White) in the color palette on the right, hold down the click, drag it above the black color square of the tool and release. Do the opposite to the white color box. Read more about inverted transparency in CorelDRAW.

Practical use

CorelDRAW Envelope tool can be used to achieve many different visual effects in web-to-print and dynamic imaging templates. Here are a few of the techniques where we used it:

Web-to-print underwater text glow
Underwater text glow
Web-to-print overlayed typography (transparency)
Overlayed typography
Reflected text
Reflected text
Web-to-print fractured glass
Fractured glass
Web-to-print Chameleon web buttons
Chameleon web buttons
Web-to-print photo blending
Blending a photo

Copy effect

If you want to use the same transparency settings on multiple objects you can save time by copying the effect rather than recreating it all over again for all objects.

Sselect the object you want the transparency copied to, go to Effects/Copy Effect/Lens From… and click on the object you want the transparency copied from.

Useful links

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