Color.FromArgb Method (Int32)


Creates a Color structure from a 32-bit ARGB value.

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

public static Color FromArgb(
	int argb


Type: System.Int32

A value specifying the 32-bit ARGB value.

Return Value

Type: System.Drawing.Color

The Color structure that this method creates.

The byte-ordering of the 32-bit ARGB value is AARRGGBB. The most significant byte (MSB), represented by AA, is the alpha component value. The second, third, and fourth bytes, represented by RR, GG, and BB, respectively, are the color components red, green, and blue, respectively.

The following code example is designed for use with Windows Forms, and it requires PaintEventArgse, which is a parameter of the Paint event handler. The code performs the following actions:

  • Creates three brushes, each a different color. Each Color structure that is used to create a brush is created from a 32-bit ARGB value.

  • Uses an imaginary triangle to position three circles.

  • Paints three overlapping circles, each centered on one vertex of the triangle, using a different brush for each circle.

public void FromArgb4(PaintEventArgs e)
    Graphics     g = e.Graphics;

    // Transparent red, green, and blue brushes.
    SolidBrush trnsRedBrush = new SolidBrush(Color.FromArgb(0x78FF0000));
    SolidBrush trnsGreenBrush = new SolidBrush(Color.FromArgb(0x7800FF00));
    SolidBrush trnsBlueBrush = new SolidBrush(Color.FromArgb(0x780000FF));

    // Base and height of the triangle that is used to position the
    // circles. Each vertex of the triangle is at the center of one of the
    // 3 circles. The base is equal to the diameter of the circles.
    float   triBase = 100;
    float   triHeight = (float)Math.Sqrt(3*(triBase*triBase)/4);

    // coordinates of first circle's bounding rectangle.
    float   x1 = 40;
    float   y1 = 40;

    // Fill 3 over-lapping circles. Each circle is a different color.
    g.FillEllipse(trnsRedBrush, x1, y1, 2*triHeight, 2*triHeight);
    g.FillEllipse(trnsGreenBrush, x1 + triBase/2, y1 + triHeight,
        2*triHeight, 2*triHeight);
    g.FillEllipse(trnsBlueBrush, x1 + triBase, y1, 2*triHeight, 2*triHeight);

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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