Color Structure

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

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

<SerializableAttribute> _
<TypeConverterAttribute(GetType(ColorConverter))> _
Public Structure Color
Dim instance As Color

/** @attribute SerializableAttribute() */ 
/** @attribute TypeConverterAttribute(System.Drawing.ColorConverter) */ 
public final class Color extends ValueType
Not applicable.

Named colors are represented by using the properties of the Color structure. For more information about these colors, see "Colors by Name" in the MDSN Library at 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 G, B, R, and A properties of a Color, and the op_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 Sub ShowPropertiesOfSlateBlue(ByVal e As PaintEventArgs)
    Dim slateBlue As Color = Color.FromName("SlateBlue")
    Dim g As Byte = slateBlue.G
    Dim b As Byte = slateBlue.B
    Dim r As Byte = slateBlue.R
    Dim a As Byte = slateBlue.A
    Dim text As String = _
    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(Me.Font, FontStyle.Italic), _
        New SolidBrush(slateBlue), _
        New RectangleF(New PointF(0.0F, 0.0F), _
End Sub

private void ShowPropertiesOfSlateBlue(PaintEventArgs e)
    Color slateBlue = Color.FromName("SlateBlue");
    ubyte g = slateBlue.get_G();
    ubyte b = slateBlue.get_B();
    ubyte r = slateBlue.get_R();
    ubyte a = slateBlue.get_A();
    String text = String.Format(
        "Slate Blue has these ARGB values: Alpha:{0}, "  
        + "red:{1}, green: {2}, blue {3}", 
        new Object[] { (UInt16)a, (UInt16)r, (UInt16)g, (UInt16)b });

        new Font(this.get_Font(), FontStyle.Italic), 
        new SolidBrush(slateBlue), 
        new RectangleF(new PointF(0, 0), 
} //ShowPropertiesOfSlateBlue

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 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 1.0