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Posted on 2003-11-22
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I have a 24 bit bitmap file (.bmp) with a white background. (RGB 255,255,255 or #FFFFFF) I have used lines of code that look like this:

Set myImage = FormName.Controls.Add("VB.image", "ImageName")
Set myImage.Picture = LoadPicture("C:\Mypic.bmp")

This is so the image is brought into the application dynamically, during run-time. Is there any way that I can make this image have a transparent background? By transparent, I mean so when it is placed upon another image, the white parts of myImage will actually show what is under it. I need this to make a game. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks everybody!

~momonja
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you can do this from Device Context to Device Context with the TransparentBlt API

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Private Declare Function TransparentBlt Lib "msimg32.dll" (ByVal hdc As Long, ByVal x As Long, ByVal y As Long, ByVal nWidth As Long, ByVal nHeight As Long, ByVal hSrcDC As Long, ByVal xSrc As Long, ByVal ySrc As Long, ByVal nSrcWidth As Long, ByVal nSrcHeight As Long, ByVal crTransparent As Long) As Boolean

'In your code
TransparentBlt Picture2.hdc, 0, 0, Picture2.ScaleWidth, Picture2.ScaleHeight, Picture1.hdc, 0, 0, Picture1.ScaleWidth, Picture1.ScaleHeight, vbWhite

'this will draw Picture1 on Picture2 with white (vbWhite) as transparent color
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by:momonja
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this doesn't do anything for me, I'm not quite sure why... I've got a Picture1 on my form, and a Picture2, Picture1 has the image.
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ennixo earned 480 total points
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sorry i forgot to tell you that pictures scalemodes must be Pixel

Picture1.ScaleMode = vbPixel
Picture2.ScaleMode = vbPixel

or in the property editor
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