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Transparent OpenGL window

, 5 Jan 2011 CPOL
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Create a transparent window for OpenGL so your 3D shows directly on the desktop.
I saw a query posted regarding this in the Graphics[^] forum and thought it might be a good tip to add here.

So we start with creating a layered window:
Use the <a href="">CreateWindowEx</a>[<a href="" target="_blank" title="New Window">^</a>] function with the <i>dwExStyle</i> parameter set to <code>WS_EX_LAYERED</code> and the <i>dwStyle</i> parameter set to <code>WS_POPUP</code>. 
CreateWindowEx(WS_EX_LAYERED,"OpenGL","OpenGL",WS_POPUP, ...);
Set the layered attributes of this window using the <a href="">SetLayeredWindowAttributes</a>[<a href="" target="_blank" title="New Window">^</a>] function. Use <code>LWA_COLORKEY</code> as the <i>dwFlags</i> parameter and 0 as the crKey parameter. Now, everything rendered in OpenGL with RGB 000 will be transparent. 
SetLayeredWindowAttributes(hWnd, 0, 0, LWA_COLORKEY);
Only thing remaining is to make sure you clear your OpenGL background using 0x00000000 and that you don't have absolute 0 in any of your 3D models!
glClearColor(0.0f, 0.0f, 0.0f, 0.0f);
I hope this helps.


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GeneralReason for my vote of 4 good! PinmemberGPUToaster30-Dec-10 21:09 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 May be a way to mix 2D GDI and 3D Op... Pinmemberjean Davy30-Dec-10 11:55 

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