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Color Structure

Updated: October 2008

Represents an ARGB (alpha, red, green, blue) color.

Namespace:  System.Drawing
Assembly:  System.Drawing (in System.Drawing.dll)

[SerializableAttribute]
[TypeConverterAttribute(typeof(ColorConverter))]
public struct Color

Named colors are represented by using the properties of the Color structure. For more information about these colors, see Colors by Name.

The color of each pixel is represented as a 32-bit number: 8 bits each for alpha, red, green, and blue (ARGB). Each of the four components is a number from 0 through 255, with 0 representing no intensity and 255 representing full intensity. The alpha component specifies the transparency of the color: 0 is fully transparent, and 255 is fully opaque. To determine the alpha, red, green, or blue component of a color, use the A, R, G, or B property, respectively. You can create a custom color by using one of the FromArgb methods.

The following code example demonstrates the A, R, G, and B properties of a Color, and the Implicit member.

This example is designed to be used with a Windows Form. Paste the code into the form and call the ShowPropertiesOfSlateBlue method from the form's Paint event-handling method, passing e as PaintEventArgs.

private void ShowPropertiesOfSlateBlue(PaintEventArgs e)
{
    Color slateBlue = Color.FromName("SlateBlue");
    byte g = slateBlue.G;
    byte b = slateBlue.B;
    byte r = slateBlue.R;
    byte a = slateBlue.A;
    string text = String.Format("Slate Blue has these ARGB values: Alpha:{0}, " +
        "red:{1}, green: {2}, blue {3}", new object[]{a, r, g, b});
    e.Graphics.DrawString(text, 
        new Font(this.Font, FontStyle.Italic), 
        new SolidBrush(slateBlue), 
        new RectangleF(new PointF(0.0F, 0.0F), this.Size));
}

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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October 2008

Added hexadecimal values and color table links to properties.

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