How to Make Shapes Transparent in Google Slides

Written by Tijana Google Workplace / Slides

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Google Workplace is slowly taking over the business world, especially since it’s much easier to share the files with your peers, as opposed to using Microsoft Office.

As of lately, many businesses have switched to using Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides, since Google Workplace covers all grounds for business needs.

Presentations are a part of everyday work life for many people and adding images, shapes, and diverse slides is crucial for each presentation.

Hence, if you’re wondering how to go the extra mile when editing your presentation with features such as making shapes transparent in Google Slides, check out the step-by-step process below in our detailed guide!

How to make Shapes transparent in Google Slides

  1. Open Google Slides, and create a new slide or open the one you wish to edit.
  2. From the top bar, click on ‘Insert’, and from the drop-down menu, click on the ‘Shape’ option.

google slides insert shapes

  1. Select a shape from the ones available in Google Slides Presentations, and after adding it, select the shape you have added.
  2. From the top bar, find the ‘Fill color’ icon that looks like a bucket, and click on it.

google slides fill color menu

  1. Click on the ‘+’ icon under ‘Custom’, and a new window with the coloring options will show up.
  2. At the bottom, under ‘Transparency’, drag the pointer to your desired level of transparency.

google slides transparency menu

  1. Click on ‘OK’ when you’re done.
  2. If you don’t like the inserted Shape, and you want to make it semi-transparent or fully transparent, follow the same steps: click on the image, click on the bucket icon, and under ‘Custom’, edit the transparency.

How do I make semi-transparent text in Google Slides?

If you want to adjust the text transparency, follow these steps:

  1. Open Google Slides, and from the top bar, click on ‘Insert’.
  2. From the drop-down menu, click on ‘Word Art’.
  3. Enter the desired text and press Enter.

semi transparent text

  1. Click on the bucket icon again, and click on the ‘Custom’ + sign.

google slides bucket icon

  1. At the bottom, adjust the transparency to the middle.
  2. Click on ‘OK’ to save your changes.


Making shapes in Google Slides transparent is not a complicated process whatsoever.

In this article, we covered making shapes and text transparent and semi-transparent.

If you liked this article, check out: How to Curve Text In Google Slides and How to Insert Google Drawing into Slides.