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A Property
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Color.A Property

Gets the alpha component value of this Color structure.

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

public byte A { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Byte
The alpha component value of this Color.

The color of each pixel is represented as a 32-bit number: 8 bits each for alpha, red, green, and blue (ARGB). The alpha component specifies the transparency of the color: 0 is fully transparent, and 255 is fully opaque. Likewise, an A value of 255 represents an opaque color. An A value from 1 through 254 represents a semitransparent color. The color becomes more opaque as A approaches 255.

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));
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0
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