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AlphaGradientPanel, an extended panel

, 24 Mar 2006
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A panel that has rounded borders, gradients, and transparency.


This is a panel, first of all. Therefore, it has all the advantages of a panel, plus some nice little features.

Using the code

You'll just have to include the component in your toolbox and use it.

The only property that is a bit special is the Colors() property. It is a collection of items and has design-time visibility in the property grid. I'm still trying to achieve transforming the color name that appears in the property grid in a nice drawing... If anybody knows how that can be achieved, please, please, please, let me know Wink | ;)


  • Rounded corners (any one of them or all at the same time).
  • Gradients (from 2 to n colors, with some special effects).
  • Transparency (any color can be made transparent with an "Alpha" value between 0 and 255).
  • Borders, even with rounded corners, have a nice little border.
  • Image inclusion (position, opacity, size, grayscale, and padding).
  • Padding of the content, of the back, and of the docking.


  • Version 1.0.


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


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Nicolas Wälti
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Comments and Discussions

Questionimage alpha question Pinmemberbekiser1-May-13 7:23 
SuggestionA few changes needed to get this to work in .Net 4 [modified] PinmemberJonathan_Collins6-Jun-12 22:55 
GeneralMy vote of 2 PinmemberBrad Barnhill6-Jan-12 16:49 
GeneralMy vote of 2 PinmvpDave Kreskowiak8-Apr-10 6:37 
QuestionIssue removing control from form(s) PinmemberDavid Minder22-Dec-09 5:09 
QuestionOver controls??? PinmemberMember 247284813-Oct-09 9:53 
Generalfrustrating Pinmemberjoe destefano8-May-09 11:45 
GeneralRe: frustrating Pinmemberjoe destefano8-May-09 11:59 
GeneralRe: frustrating PinmemberDavid Minder22-Dec-09 4:16 
QuestionAdding an AlphaGradientPanel at runtime? PinmemberSMothes29-Sep-08 4:38 
AnswerRe: Adding an AlphaGradientPanel at runtime? PinmemberNick Waelti1-Oct-08 1:10 
Questiontransparency over controls PinmemberFallakka13-Aug-08 23:06 
GeneralTransparency problem Pinmemberzuraw13-Mar-08 4:06 
I compiled your demo application, and everything is working fine except transparency. I can't see components under AGPanels, because their background is the same color as the main form (standard way of interpreting Transparent color in .NET). How can I obtain effect shown on image in your article (see image under AGPanel)? I am using VS2008 under Windows XP.
GeneralRe: Transparency problem Pinmembercdebel26-Feb-09 9:49 
QuestionException PinmemberBBWicked31-Jul-07 23:46 
Generalsorry but :) Pinmemberdeltadirac29-Jul-07 8:05 
QuestionRemoving a color Pinmemberthe-rpd1-Jul-07 5:20 
GeneralNice control Pinmemberthe-rpd26-Jun-07 9:38 
GeneralRe: Nice control Pinmember(Nick Waelti)28-Jun-07 0:11 
GeneralRe: Nice control Pinmemberthe-rpd28-Jun-07 6:40 
GeneralUse in applications PinmemberBryanTKinkel12-Jun-07 3:40 
AnswerRe: Use in applications PinmemberNick Waelti12-Jun-07 3:55 
GeneralRe: Use in applications PinmemberBryanTKinkel13-Jun-07 4:29 
GeneralRe: Use Commercial in applications PinmemberMatt Lowrance26-Sep-07 6:39 
GeneralRe: Use Commercial in applications PinmemberNick Waelti26-Sep-07 20:19 

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