Graphics and pictures cannot be made transparent in ArcMap

Last Published: April 25, 2020


Graphics created using tools from the ArcMap graphics toolbar and pictures inserted by way of the Insert > Picture menu cannot be made transparent.


This is a known limitation. An enhancement has been submitted to include this functionality.


  • For inserted raster pictures such as BMP and JPEG, add them as data into the data frame and apply transparency to the layer.
  • At 9.3+, convert the graphics created in ArcMap to features and apply transparency to the layer. See the link to the ArcGIS Desktop Help topic in the related information section below.

Article ID:000010603

  • ArcMap

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