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6.1.11 Plotting Overlapping Data and Setting Transparency


In this tutorial, we will show you how to create overlapping column plots, and then set transparency to make the overlapping parts visible.
Overlapping Transparency Result.png

What you will learn

This tutorial will show you how to:

  • Customize the grouped column plots
  • Set Transparency


  1. Select Help:Origin Central menu to open Origin Central dialog. Select Graph Sample item in the left panel and then select Column and Bar for Samples in drop-down list.
  2. Double-click on the last thumbnail to open the folder Overlapped Bars.
  3. Highlight all columns in the worksheet [Counts]Sheet1(The source data Counts.dat can also be imported from the folder <Origin Installation Directory>\Samples\Graphing\), and then from the menu, select Plot>2D: Bar: Column to create a column graph.
    Overlapping Transparency Original.png
  4. Double-click on the plot to open the Plot Details dialog. In the dialog, choose the Group tab. Click on the color bar under Details and click in the Fill Color row. Then click on the button that appears to open the Increment Editor dialog. In this dialog, you can set the first three colors to be some specific colors such as Royal Blue, Orange, and Dark Cyan. Click OK to close the dialog.
    Transparency Color Setting.png
  5. Select the Pattern tab in Plot Details, and set the Transparency control to 51%.
    Transparency Setting.png
  6. Select the Spacing tab, and set Gas Between Bars to zero and Overlap to 100.
    Transparency Set Spacing.png
  7. Click the OK button to close the Plot Details dialog. Select View: Show: Frame to add the frame. The resulting graph should look like the image below:
    Overlapping Transparency Result.png

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