Color.A Property

 

Gets the alpha component value of this Color structure.

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

Public ReadOnly Property A As Byte

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 Widening(Size to SizeF) 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), _
        Size.op_Implicit(Me.Size)))
End Sub

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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