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AlphaGradientPanel, an extended panel

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

Introduction

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 | ;)

Features

  • 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.

History

  • Version 1.0.

License

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

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About the Author

Nicolas Wälti
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Comments and Discussions

 
GeneralRe: frustrating PinmemberDavid Minder22-Dec-09 5:16 
QuestionAdding an AlphaGradientPanel at runtime? PinmemberSMothes29-Sep-08 5:38 
AnswerRe: Adding an AlphaGradientPanel at runtime? PinmemberNick Waelti1-Oct-08 2:10 
Questiontransparency over controls PinmemberFallakka14-Aug-08 0:06 
Hi, i needed this to cover a whole form and have it semi transparent and show something on it, in a way that the whole form including the controls remains slightly visible. the problem im getting is that although i set the alpha levels and all, the controls are not visible through the panel... is there a way to do this? thanks
GeneralTransparency problem Pinmemberzuraw13-Mar-08 5:06 
GeneralRe: Transparency problem Pinmembercdebel26-Feb-09 10:49 
QuestionException PinmemberBBWicked1-Aug-07 0:46 
Generalsorry but :) Pinmemberdeltadirac29-Jul-07 9:05 
QuestionRemoving a color Pinmemberthe-rpd1-Jul-07 6:20 
GeneralNice control Pinmemberthe-rpd26-Jun-07 10:38 

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