Have you ever wanted to create your own transparent user controls? Ones that have real transparency instead of just a single crummy masked color.
Well today kiddies we are going to take a look at doing this in .net code. I have done this in vb.net however it is trivial to convert to c# if you need to.
Prep work: Create a new class and have it inherit usercontrol. Of course you can a different class if you want as long as it can be added to a form and given a region.
In our new class create a Sub New and set up the following base styles:
Me.SetStyle(ControlStyles.Opaque, True) Me.SetStyle(ControlStyles.OptimizedDoubleBuffer, False) Me.SetStyle(ControlStyles.SupportsTransparentBackColor, True) MyBase.BackColor = Color.Transparent
Note depending on how you want to draw your control you might want to set
Then override the CreateParams property:
Protected Overrides ReadOnly Property CreateParams() As System.Windows.Forms.CreateParams Get Dim cp As CreateParams = MyBase.CreateParams cp.ExStyle = cp.ExStyle Or &H20 ' Turn on WS_EX_TRANSPARENT Return cp End Get End Property
Next step override OnPaint and then get to work with your new fancy transparent user control. To get a feel of how it works you can just write something simple.
Compile and then add the control to your form and move it around on top of buttons. Or instead of inheriting
panel and then add some controls to it.
If you start layering multiple transparent controls you will want to set up your own region clipping in the
onpaint events and invalidate your controls parent with your controls specific rectangle to paint. This will avoid multiplication of transparencies with successive refreshes.
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