Overlay of TEdit (alpha blend? or clear background) for Timer App

I want to create a simple timer, but I want the display to appear like a digital clock, such that you can see the grey template of 88:88:88 and the actual display numbers being a much darker overlay.  I thought of having two TEdit boxes, the first with a grey font of 88:88:88 and the second with black font and a clear background, but I don't seem to be able to give the TEdit control a see-through background.  Annoted/Explained Code preferable
jazzygmAsked:
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Ferruccio AccalaiSenior developer, analyst and customer assistance Commented:
i'd go to another way....
A Timagelist with 11 images (for 0 to 9 in led style and the : sign) then a panel with 8 Timage.
On timer read the Time String value (for example 13:00:12) and assign to the same pos image  the correspondent image from imagelist....It's just an idea, but so you can customize your images, and so your digital numbers, as you prefere.....

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Ferruccio AccalaiSenior developer, analyst and customer assistance Commented:
btw to use your idea should be bettere to use a led styled label....there're lots of led label components on the web and expecially on torry.net

in this package there's TPieLedLabel with source that's a good solution for your job
http://homepages.borland.com/torry/vcl/packs/middle/pietools.zip

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jazzygmAuthor Commented:
It seems wasteful of resources though, I would have thought that maybe subclassing the Tedit and fiddling with its background properties to allow it to be transparent would be better, but I have no idea how to!
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Ferruccio AccalaiSenior developer, analyst and customer assistance Commented:
so go to a more simple way....use 2 tlabel, the first with font color clInactiveCaption.
The second exactly over the first with font color clblack and transparent property to true....the easiest way...

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jazzygmAuthor Commented:
Thanks, i REALLY should have thought of that myself, I think I got hit with a stupid stick at the start of the weekend!
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