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RE: Transparent plot color?

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  • Subject: [mg19630] RE: [mg19600] Transparent plot color?
  • From: "Ersek, Ted R" <ErsekTR at>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Sep 1999 04:20:44 -0400
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

MM at  wrote:
I use Plot3D[ ] to plot 2 surfaces together,
one mostly obscuring the other.
I would like to set the front-most plot's
DefaultColor to "Transparent", so I could
see its grid lines, but see the other plot
behind it.

I haven't seen any way to do this.
Is it possible?

p.s. Even better would be to be able to set
it to a translucent color.


A demonstration of how to simulate transparent colored graphics is given at

Also the following will make a graphics using a transparent wire mesh.

gr1=Plot3D[Sin[x y],{x,0,Pi},{y,0,Pi},

However, I can't get the transparent wire mesh to work when I try to show
the graph above and another graphic made with Plot3D.  Any ideas on how to
get that working?

Ted Ersek

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