I want to put two different ListContourPlots atop of each other using Show[plot1,plot2]. But I want the top layer to be somewhat transparent.

I am considering two options:

The first one, is it possible to have a ListContourPlot not with a fully filled area but having the area consist of shaded or criss cross lines.

The other idea is to set a value for Opacity, but right now I cannot find out how to have my cod look like

plot1=ListContourPlot[data,  PlotStyle -> Opacity[0.5]]

But it this one does not work for some reason.

Can you help me?

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    $\begingroup$ Try ContourShading and ContourStyle. Examples can easily be found on the Docs page for ListContourPlot. $\endgroup$ Sep 2, 2016 at 13:10
  • $\begingroup$ But how do I add transparency to the Plot whit these options? $\endgroup$ Sep 2, 2016 at 13:24
  • $\begingroup$ Plot has PlotStyle and FillingStyle, please read the Docs! $\endgroup$ Sep 2, 2016 at 13:27
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    – user9660
    Sep 2, 2016 at 16:25

1 Answer 1


It took some deep digging and I found a solution here.

Generate two plots:

plot1 = ListContourPlot[
  Table[Sin[i + j^2], {i, 0, 3, 0.1}, {j, 0, 3, 0.1}], 
  ColorFunction -> "SunsetColors"]
plot2 = ListContourPlot[
  Table[Sin[i + j], {i, 0, 3, 0.1}, {j, 0, 3, 0.1}], 
  BaseStyle -> Directive[Opacity[0.3]]]

enter image description here

In the second the opacity is introduced via BaseStyle -> Directive[Opacity[0.3]].

Now, Show doesn't work so use Overlay:

Overlay[{plot1, plot2}]

enter image description here

which does not look clear at all, so maybe a different way to present your data would be more suitable.


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