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Color.Transparent Property

Gets a system-defined color.

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

public static Color Transparent { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Drawing.Color
A Color representing a system-defined color.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the Transparent property. This example is designed to be used with Windows Forms. Paste the code into a form that contains two buttons named Button1 and Button2. Call the UseTransparentProperty method in the form's constructor.

private void UseTransparentProperty()

    // Set up the PictureBox to display the entire image, and
    // to cover the entire client area.
    PictureBox1.SizeMode = PictureBoxSizeMode.StretchImage;
    PictureBox1.Dock = DockStyle.Fill;

        // Set the Image property of the PictureBox to an image retrieved
        // from the file system.
        PictureBox1.Image = 
            Image.FromFile("C:\\Documents and Settings\\All Users\\" +
            "Documents\\My Pictures\\Sample Pictures\\sunset.jpg");

        // Set the Parent property of Button1 and Button2 to the 
        // PictureBox.
        Button1.Parent = PictureBox1;
        Button2.Parent = PictureBox1;

        // Set the Color property of both buttons to transparent. 
        // With this setting the buttons assume the color of their
        // parent.
        Button1.BackColor = Color.Transparent;
        Button2.BackColor = Color.Transparent;

        MessageBox.Show("There was an error." +
            "Make sure the image file path is valid.");


.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.