I'm creating some slides and want to integrate a (pixel) graphic in a TikZ picture with opacity less than 1. I expect this code to work:


      \node[opacity=0.7] at (0,0) 
      \node at (4,0) {Some text};

Unfortunately, the whole picture vanishes:

enter image description here

Note that the same TikZ code works as expected with article. If I use opacity=0.7 on a text node, not the image, it also works.

What to do?

I use Evince and pdflatex from TeXlive 2013 on GNU/Linux in case that's relevant.

  • Here, the result of your MWE is correct! (the transparent image on the left of "some text"). Have you tried to update your distribution? Jul 18, 2014 at 11:42
  • I have beamer 3.33 and tikz 3.0.0. Will run an upgrade...
    – Raphael
    Jul 18, 2014 at 12:50
  • @PaulGaborit Ah, turns out I lied; I'm still on 2013. I'll have to perform a full reinstall which is inopportune right now. I'll check back when I've upgraded.
    – Raphael
    Jul 18, 2014 at 13:17
  • @PaulGaborit Unless I forget: thanks for checking!
    – Raphael
    Jul 18, 2014 at 13:22

2 Answers 2


Upgrading to TeXlive 2014 (with the latest packages as of today) solved the problem.


Not exactly the same as the minimum example, but it turns out this can also happen if the transparent package is loaded.

Removing the transparent package from my document caused the opacity setting for tikz nodes to work as expected.

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