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Alpha blending is a convex combination of two colors allowing for transparency effects in computer graphics. The value of
alpha in the color code ranges from 0.0 to 1.0, where 0.0 represents a fully transparent color, and 1.0 represents a fully opaque color.
The value of the resulting color when color
Value1 is drawn over a background of color
Value0 is given by:
Value = Value0(1.0 − alpha) + Value1(alpha)
The alpha component is used to blend to red, green and blue components equally, as in 32-bit RGBA, or, alternatively, there are three alpha values specified corresponding to each of the primary colors for spectral color filtering.
Alpha blending is natively supported by these operating systems/GUIs:
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