Transparent gif, png
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Posted By:   Anonymous
Posted On:   Wednesday, January 16, 2002 10:48 AM

How can i make a transparent GIF or png or Image with transparent background?

Re: Transparent gif, png

Posted By:   Yuval_Zukerman  
Posted On:   Thursday, January 24, 2002 12:47 PM

You can display either GIFs or JPEGs in AWT. This includes GIFs with transparent areas - although they would still be handled as having rectangular areas.
Since regular AWT components are knowns as heavyweight - whcih means that they have to have an opaque background, you must create your own lightweight AWT component - and that component will contain your GIF - and THEN it will appear with its transparent areas.

To create a lightweight component, create a class that extends either java.awt.Component or java.awt.Container (normally java.awt.Component).

For example:

class LightWeight extends Component


private String pathToImage; // this is the GIF

private Image theImage;

public LightWeight(String image)


pathToImage = image;


public void paint (Graphics g)


theImage = Toolkit.getDefaultToolkit().getImage(pathToImage);

g.drawImage(theImage, 0, 0, this);


public Dimension getPreferredSize()


return new Dimension (





This should be a start...
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