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Load a PNG (8-bit color depth) file without transparency and save it with transparency while preserving the color depth

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I am trying to add transparency to a PNG image (8-bit color depth) and save it with transparency set while preserving color depth. I could set the transparency and save it using the following code fragment:

      // Load the image from the file into a bitmap
      Bitmap bMap = new Bitmap("map.png");

      // Set white as the transparent color
      bMap.MakeTransparent(Color.White);

      // Save to the PNG format
      ImageFormat imgFormat = ImageFormat.Png;
      bMap.Save("maptst.png",imgFormat);

The problem with this code is that the resulting PNG file has a 24-bit color depth.

I tried it also using the following code fragment, but that resulted in a copy of the original image without transparency (even though the palette did change)

      // Load the image from the file into a bitmap
      Bitmap bMap = new Bitmap("map.png");

      // Modify the transparency in the color palette
      ColorPalette pal = bMap.Palette;
      for (int i = 0; i < pal.Entries.Length; i++)
      {
            // White should be transparent
            if (pal.Entries[i] == Color.FromArgb(255,255,255,255))
                  pal.Entries[i] = Color.FromArgb(0,255,255,255);
      }
      bMap.Palette = pal;

      // Save to the PNG format
      ImageFormat imgFormat = ImageFormat.Png;
      bMap.Save("maptst.png",imgFormat);


Thoughts?

Pjot ;-)
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When you add transparency it should be 24-bit image.. Since ARGB (each 8-bit) will be 8x4 = 24-bit
There is no 8-bit transparent (at least with alpha channel) PNG as far as I know.. it can be GIF, but not PNG..
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hahaha.. sorry.. of course 8x4 is not equal to 24 :)
but it should be at least 24-bit anyway :)
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by:pvandermeulen
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Caner,

You are right, there is no full alpha channel transparency for 8-bit PNG images. But, there is something tRNS chunk which you can add to specify simple transparency... But how is this accomplished using the .NET framework?

Pjot ;-)
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Well, as far as I know there is no way to do that.. but maybe someone else knows a way?
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