Adjusting Image Transparency for Version 7.1
Illustrations used in this article are from OnePager Pro using data from Microsoft Project but the feature's function, controls, and manual edits apply equally to other OnePager editions that import from data sources like Microsoft Excel, Smartsheet, and Oracle Primavera P6.
The Chart Editor features covered in the articles in this series apply to charts created from Microsoft Project, Microsoft Excel, Oracle Primavera P6, and Smartsheet source plans.
Adjusting Background Image Transparency
When background images are initially inserted into the graph they are opaque. Initially the presence of such a background image can distract from the project management information the chart is intended to convey. To resolve such a situation and provide more flexibility, you have the option of editing how transparent the inserted background image can be in the graph.
The greater the transparency, the less potential distraction the inserted background image can appear. Conversely, the less the transparency setting, the more prominent the inserted background image appears in the graph.
Increasing Background Image Transparency
Editing background image transparency is done by accessing the background image right-click context menu in the background image's area where there are no task bars/milestone symbols, decorations, or adornments as shown here:
Then click the Properties … command to accesses the Image Properties form that lets you adjust transparency as shown below:
To increase the transparency, that is, to be able to see task bars/milestone symbols and other objects behind the image, slide the Transparency bar to the right:
When you are at the level of transparency you want, click the OK button on the Image Properties form and the background image looks like this:
Decreasing Background Image Transparency
When a background image is first inserted into the graph, the default transparency is zero (0%) percent or its maximum opacity. To decrease the transparency, that is, to be able to hide task bars/milestone symbols and other objects behind the background image, slide the Transparency bar to the left from the position the slide was previously located.
Additional Editing Controls in the Image Properties Form
There are other controls in the Image Properties form that are useful for doing manual editing of the selected background image. The Image Properties form is shown here:
Width and Height
The Width and Height windows support two (2) functions:
- 1) When you edit the size of a background image in the chart, the Width and Height windows display the actual size of the background image in either inches or centimeters depending on your selection of Template Properties form for the chart.
- 2) The Width and Height windows can also be accessed and their contents changed as an alternate method for changing the dimensions of the background image in the graph.
Maintain Aspect Ratio
When the Maintain aspect ratio checkbox is checked ON, OnePager retains the initial aspect ratio of the background image whenever you use the mouse the resize the background image using one of the eight (8) available grab boxes or circles. Also, when the Maintain aspect ratio checkbox is checked ON, making a single edit to either the Width or Height window value makes a corresponding change to the other value to maintain the aspect ratio. When the Maintain aspect ratio checkbox is checked OFF, you can change either the Width value or the Height value without OnePager making a change to the other value automatically.
When making manual resizing edits with your mouse, OnePager does not honor the setting of the Maintain aspect ratio checkbox. Rather all manual resizing edits made with the mouse in the graph also maintains the standard aspect ratio.