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UIElement.OpacityMask Property

Gets or sets an opacity mask, as a Brush implementation that is applied to any alpha-channel masking for the rendered content of this element. This is a dependency property.

Namespace:  System.Windows
Assembly:  PresentationCore (in PresentationCore.dll)

public Brush OpacityMask { get; set; }
For XAML information, see the Brush type.

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Media.Brush
The brush to use for opacity masking.

Identifier field


Metadata properties set to true


This property only uses whatever the alpha channel value is for the supplied Brush. The other channels of the Brush's rendered content (Red, Green, or Blue) are ignored.

The most typical Brush for this purpose is an ImageBrush, which can be used for a variety of photo masking techniques such as a vignette. But any defined Brush (such as LinearGradientBrush) can be used.

In Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML), this property value can use an inline syntax that is specific to each implementation of the Brush abstract class. For more information, see Painting with Solid Colors and Gradients Overview.

The following markup example shows an ImageBrush opacity mask applied to another Image.

<!-- With the Opacity Mask-->
  Grid.Column="2" Grid.Row="1">
    <ImageBrush ImageSource="sampleImages/tornedges.png"/>

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0

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