I am designing a texture pack for Minecraft. I am experimenting with transparent textures, and so I made stone transparent with black borders. It looks fine in my inventory, and in my hand, but when I place it the transparency turns white and the borders get unevenly thick.

As you can see, the block looks fine in my hand but breaks when I place it.

Blocks not showing tranparency

  • Could you try to see what's the glass block properties in the default texture/resource pack? Not really sure but if it's possible to copy the property of glass to stone and it might fix your problem.
    – Convert
    Jan 21, 2021 at 2:55
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    You need to give the block transparent to attribute Jan 21, 2021 at 3:09

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in minecraft, only the blocks that support transparency by default are able to support transparency in a re-textured form, as their render mode is hard-coded into the game.

There are three different types:

  1. no transparency - a block that doesn't support transparency. This is the majority of all blocks in the game, including stone. If you try to apply a transparent texture to a block like this, the opacity will default back to 100%, which is why the texture is white in your example, and also why the border is thicker in some corners: there probably is a very transparent black shadow in that side, which gets set to full visibility by the game.
  2. partial transparency - a block that allows for 100% transparent pixels, but all other pixels are set to 100% opacity. Leaves are an example for this block, as they support leaving out pixels, but not making them half-transparent.
  3. full transparency support - a block that uses the full spectrum of opacity/transparency. Stained glass is a good example of this, as there is a transparent layer of color over all of them.

There is no way to change which block is rendered which way without mods, so you need to choose the right block for the right job.

Items always support full transparency, which is why it looks correct in your hand, but not when placed down.


I have no idea why it isn't transparent, but the weird borders are formed because you put them on all four sides of the texture. If a 1-pixel line were to go next to another 1-pixel line, it would form a 2-pixel line only where they touch. Since your stone textures don't go to infinity, some sides will be thicker than others since the borders combine.

  • That was my initial reaction as well, but, as you can see in the screenshot, the white part of a single face is not square, and even the borders on one side are not even (see lower left corner).
    – Joachim
    Feb 2, 2021 at 9:07
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    The border is not equally thick on all four sides (looks like some 1px, some 2px), and since the texture for stone is rotated/flipped randomly, you get uneven lines. Feb 16, 2022 at 3:25

You can delete the white and leave it blank or find the texture of the clear in the structure_void, barrier, glass, or glass pane.


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