Modifying the Transparency of a Material

Reference Number: KB-00164
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite or Home Designer Interiors or Home Designer Essentials or Home Designer Landscape & Deck


I would like to import a custom material and have it display as partially transparent in my plans.  How can I create a new material so that it can be seen through?


Many of the materials in the library are set up to be opaque, which means that they appear totally solid. In some situations, though, transparency can be a helpful attribute.

To create a new material

  1. Select Library> Library Browser .

  2. Then right click on the User Catalog and select New> Material.

    Note: If you want to make changes to an existing material in the Library Browser, then you must first Copy the material and Paste the copy in to your User Catalog, then you can modify the copy of the material to make changes, such as toits Transparency.

  3. In the Define Material dialog:

    • At the top of the dialog, delete the name of the material and replace it with a short, descriptive name.

    • Move the radio button to Texture, and click the Select button to browse to the file's location on your computer that you want to use as a custom material.

    • Use the Transparency slider to create a material with a texture that is visible but allows surfaces behind it to be seen. A transparency value of 0 results in a completely opaque material, while a value of 100 creates a material that is completely invisible.

    • Check Stretch to Fit to stretch the texture image over the entirety of each surface it is applied to. Do not check this option if you want the image to repeat, or be tiled across an entire surface.

  4. Click OK to close the dialog and apply your changes to this new material.

  5. When you apply this customized material to an object in your plan, it will display partial transparency.