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Bitmap.MakeTransparent Method (Color)

Makes the specified color transparent for this Bitmap.

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

public void MakeTransparent(
	Color transparentColor


Type: System.Drawing.Color
The Color structure that represents the color to make transparent.


The image format of the Bitmap is an icon format.


The operation failed.

When you call MakeTransparent, the bitmap will be converted to the Format32bppArgb format, as this format supports an alpha channel.

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

  • Gets the color of a pixel in a Bitmap.

  • Makes that color transparent for the bitmap.

  • Draws the Bitmap to the screen.

private void MakeTransparent_Example2(PaintEventArgs e)

    // Create a Bitmap object from an image file.
    Bitmap myBitmap = new Bitmap("Grapes.gif");

    // Draw myBitmap to the screen.
        myBitmap, 0, 0, myBitmap.Width, myBitmap.Height);

    // Get the color of a background pixel.
    Color backColor = myBitmap.GetPixel(1, 1);

    // Make backColor transparent for myBitmap.

    // Draw the transparent bitmap to the screen.
        myBitmap, myBitmap.Width, 0, myBitmap.Width, myBitmap.Height);

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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