“Yes” and “No”: the use of transparency in web design
Web design with transparency can be great, and at the same time have pitfalls. Transparency is the effect created when a colored area, text, or image is “thinned,” or ” wet,” so that the color is diluted and what is hidden beneath it is revealed.
When applied correctly, the effect can be stunning – while creating a great place for text or drawing attention to a certain part of the image.
However, when using transparency, the designer should be careful. The effect can be difficult to perceive, and the problem here is the readability of the text. In addition, transparent blocks and text at the wrong levels can distract from the General idea.
This is followed by a set of “Yes” and “no” – a kind of “for” and “against” – with examples of sites where transparency is perfectly applied.
Yes: apply transparency to create contrast
The No. 1 advantage of using transparency as a design technique is the creation of contrast. The effect gives the designer the ability to enter a focal point with a color pulse, large text on top of the image, or a volumetric changeable color screen.
Transparency can also be used to highlight text against a background that is unable to display it in a better way.
It is especially important to consider contrast when working with transparency. Transparency will only work well with a readable image (or background) and text. When thinking about this effect, ask yourself: will this make the text/image more understandable to users?
No: overlaps essential parts of the image
Transparency should not cover those parts of the background or image that are important for conveying the main idea. When placing transparency boundaries, be aware that you are “lost.”
Yes: using different levels of transparency
There is no perfect level of transparency. 80 percent transparency is great for some projects; 15 percent is best for others. For each project, “play around” with different levels of transparency.
No: thinking that transparency will make the text readable
Using a transparent block for text alone will not make it readable automatically. Consider the contrast – both in relation to the transparent block to the text and the background image to the transparent frame.
When applying an effect to images, color blocks, or text, it’s vital to consider the readability of words. Remember that your message will not be transmitted if the design effects make the text illegible.
Yes: using transparency in small areas
Transparency isn’t just for the main part of your site. This effect looks great in small spaces.
Consider using it to show navigation tools or as a mouse-over effect for buttons and click items. Just try not to get too carried away with applying transparency. Choose the element and style of transparency, and stick to them in the development of the entire website design.
“No”: location transparency over a highly contrasting images
For readability reasons, it’s best to avoid using transparency on top of those elements that already contain very contrasting elements – consider applying black and white areas opposite each other on the color wheel.
Using transparency on top of this type of element, with the exception of really unsaturated, can have a negative impact on your design, because it is difficult to create the right effect in all areas of the background. Instead, use the inset window (die).
Yes: applying transparency as an art
Transparency is not a secondary effect. You can use it to create a dominant image for your site.
A large transparent area can be a great way to create contrast, stress and visual intrigue.
“No”: the use of transparency as a decoration
Transparency is not an effect that can be added later if the design suddenly seems boring to you. Its use as a decoration – the surest way to be in poor design condition.
The use of transparency should be planned and considered in advance. This is not such a simple effect as the font selection and, being poorly made, looks “raw” and unprofessional.
Yes: apply transparency in the background
Transparency – not only for the foreground elements of the design, this effect is also applicable to background images. The best transparent elements are thin, barely distinguishable.
Some transparent elements may lie between layers of the image. On the site of Tony Chester (Tony Chester) to create a multidimensional design, for example, uses a great set of layered techniques with transparency.
No: use too many transparency effects at the same time
Limit the use of different types of transparency effects in the same project. Transparency should create distinction, contrast, and visual interest. The introduction of too strong a distinction can lead users away.
Yes: apply transparency with static and/or alternating images
The use of transparency is not limited to a static design or a single-page project. It also works with different images and backgrounds. Use it with both.
Creating transparency for interleaved images can be one of the most complex, but at the same time the most impressive methods of applying this effect. Think carefully about using multiple background images. Pick images that have the same color and contrast scheme so that the same transparent detail works while the background images move behind it.
Pay attention to ensure that transparency is appropriate for each image: to maintain the integration of images, to create a readable photo or other background and text, and to develop visual coherence.
Experimenting with transparency is a great way to expand your design repertoire. Like many other effects, use this technique with care and test the design in different environments to ensure it works and looks good – exactly what you intended to get.
The most difficult task is to create such transparency that the text remains readable when using interchangeable images, and it is guaranteed that the transparent element will not close what should not.
Experiment with different levels and types of transparency applications – with images, with backgrounds, as a mouse-over effect – to determine what works best for each project.