A new capability in AutoCAD 2011 allows you to set transparency as an object property. You can set transparency Bylayer, Byblock or as a percentage value from 0 to 90. Transparency can come in handy when you have overlapping objects and want to view those underneath.
Caption: Sample drawing from Autodesk illustrates the new transparency property.
You can set transparency for individual objects, just like with other properties such as color and linetype. Setting a transparency value for an individual object overrides the layer transparency setting for that object.
You can access object transparency from a number of places in AutoCAD 2011. The ribbon features a Transparency control and slider in the Properties panel of the Ribbon Home tab. You can also view and change the Transparency value for an object in the Properties palette.
The Layer Properties Manager features a new column for transparency in model space. There is also a new column for transparency (VP Transparency) in layouts and floating model space viewports.
Transparency is an option in the Chprop, Change, -Layer, Vplayer, SetByLayer, and List commands.
Caption: Transparency is an option in the SetByLayer Settings dialog box.
The new CETRANSPARENCY system variable sets the transparency property for new objects. The default setting for layers and objects is 0 (zero).