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.Net Transparent Form Back Ground

Posted on 2010-09-21
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I want a form background as this :

http://www.launchy.net/images/screenshot_sheep.jpg

how should i do it
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Question by:3XLcom
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by:Shahan Ayyub
ID: 33727127
Hi!

One way as I see is that you can use two forms form1, form2.

form1 has opacity is less, like 20% etc and
form2 has opacity 100%

form1 has ShowInTaskbar property =false.
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by:3XLcom
ID: 33729133
ok what about corner on the forms
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by:Shahan Ayyub
ID: 33733321
You can use Form_Paint event to redraw the form by making Polygon(Graphics.DrawPolygon). This will help to reshape the form.
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by:mac-will
ID: 33737033
The partial class below give the form in this screenshot.

You would need to add quite a bit of mouse/focus handling code...

MAC
   public partial class Form1 : Form
    {
        public Form1()
        {
            InitializeComponent();
        }

        internal static GraphicsPath CreateRoundedRectanglePath(Rectangle rect, int cornerRadius)
        {

            GraphicsPath roundedRect = new GraphicsPath();
            roundedRect.AddArc(rect.X, rect.Y, cornerRadius * 2, cornerRadius * 2, 180, 90);
            roundedRect.AddLine(rect.X + cornerRadius, rect.Y, rect.Right - cornerRadius * 2, rect.Y);
            roundedRect.AddArc(rect.X + rect.Width - cornerRadius * 2, rect.Y, cornerRadius * 2, cornerRadius * 2, 270, 90);
            roundedRect.AddLine(rect.Right, rect.Y + cornerRadius * 2, rect.Right, rect.Y + rect.Height - cornerRadius * 2);

            roundedRect.AddArc(rect.X + rect.Width - cornerRadius * 2, rect.Y + rect.Height - cornerRadius * 2, cornerRadius * 2, cornerRadius * 2, 0, 90);

            roundedRect.AddLine(rect.Right - cornerRadius * 2, rect.Bottom, rect.X + cornerRadius * 2, rect.Bottom);
            roundedRect.AddArc(rect.X, rect.Bottom - cornerRadius * 2, cornerRadius * 2, cornerRadius * 2, 90, 90);
            roundedRect.AddLine(rect.X, rect.Bottom - cornerRadius * 2, rect.X, rect.Y + cornerRadius * 2);
            roundedRect.CloseFigure();
            return roundedRect;

        }


        protected override void OnPaint(PaintEventArgs e)
        {
            Rectangle lRect = new Rectangle(new Point(0,0), this.Bounds.Size);
            lRect.Inflate(-1, -1);

            using (GraphicsPath path = CreateRoundedRectanglePath(lRect, 12))
            {
                e.Graphics.DrawPath(Pens.White, path);

                e.Graphics.FillPath(new LinearGradientBrush(lRect,
                    Color.FromArgb(100, Color.White), 
                    Color.FromArgb(100, Color.WhiteSmoke),  
                    LinearGradientMode.Vertical), path);
            }

            lRect.Inflate(-18, -18);
            using (GraphicsPath path = CreateRoundedRectanglePath(lRect, 12))
            {
                e.Graphics.DrawPath(Pens.White, path);

                e.Graphics.FillPath(new LinearGradientBrush(lRect,
                    Color.DarkGray,
                    Color.Black,
                    LinearGradientMode.Vertical), path);
            }

            e.Graphics.DrawString("Hello test 1,2,3...", this.Font, Brushes.WhiteSmoke, new PointF(50, 50));
        }
        protected override void OnActivated(EventArgs e)
        {
            base.OnActivated(e);
            this.Invalidate();
        }

        /// <summary>
        /// Gets the creation parameters.
        /// </summary>
        protected override CreateParams CreateParams
        {
            get
            {
                CreateParams cp = base.CreateParams;
                cp.ExStyle |= 0x20;
                return cp;
            }
        }

        /// <summary>
        /// Paints the background.
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="e">E.</param>
        protected override void OnPaintBackground(PaintEventArgs e)
        {
            // do nothing
        }

        protected void InvalidateEx()
        {

            if (Parent == null)
                return;

            Rectangle rc = new Rectangle(this.Location, this.Size);

            Parent.Invalidate(rc, true);
        }
    }

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by:3XLcom
ID: 33740663
CreateRoundedRectanglePath()

how should i use this function i don't understand i am sorry
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by:mac-will
ID: 33743507
See how I used it in the example OnPaint method above.
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by:3XLcom
ID: 33745177
i checked it already, i could not find what to write to :
Rectangle rect, int cornerRadius
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by:mac-will
ID: 33745966
I'm not sure what you mean.  What do you mean when you say "could not find what to write"?

Basically I provided a complete class that produces the look of a form much like your example.

The function CreateRoundedRectanglePath() takes as parameters a rectangle and a corner radius and returns a graphics path of a rounded rectangle.


Do you understand what is going on here?  We are custom painting the form.
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by:3XLcom
ID: 33746176
yes i understand but i do not understand how to call CreateRoundedRectanglePath() this function for ex.


CreateRoundedRectanglePath(?????, 12);

sth like this but what will i put the ????? part
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mac-will earned 2000 total points
ID: 33747322
This parameters takes a Rectangle Object.

For example a Form has a Bounds Rectangle.

try making a new rectangle

Rectangle myRect =  new Rectangle(0, 0, 100, 300);
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by:3XLcom
ID: 33747444
Thanks Perfect Job
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by:3XLcom
ID: 33747605
I want to add one thing if sth. come behind to the form then go out the shadow getting worst why ?
Untitled.png
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by:mac-will
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because it isn't repainting the desktop properly so it is repainting over itself...
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by:3XLcom
ID: 33755677
do you have any advice for solution?
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