Setting the background alpha on a Panel container in Flex

In a previous example, “Setting the border alpha on a Panel container in Flex”, we saw how you could change a panel’s border alpha by setting the borderAlpha style.

The following example shows how you can set the background alpha on a Flex Panel container by setting the backgroundAlpha style.

Full code after the jump.

View MXML

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!-- http://blog.flexexamples.com/2008/03/12/setting-the-background-alpha-on-a-panel-container-in-flex/ -->
<mx:Application xmlns:mx="http://www.adobe.com/2006/mxml"
        layout="vertical"
        verticalAlign="middle"
        creationComplete="init();">

    <mx:Style>
        Application {
            backgroundColor: red;
            backgroundGradientColors: red, black;
        }
    </mx:Style>

    <mx:Script>
        <![CDATA[
            import mx.events.SliderEvent;

            private function init():void {
                slider.value = panel.getStyle("backgroundAlpha");
            }

            private function slider_change(evt:SliderEvent):void {
                panel.setStyle("backgroundAlpha", evt.value);
            }
        ]]>
    </mx:Script>

    <mx:ApplicationControlBar dock="true">
        <mx:Label text="backgroundAlpha:" />
        <mx:HSlider id="slider"
                minimum="0.0"
                maximum="1.0"
                liveDragging="true"
                snapInterval="0.01"
                tickInterval="0.1"
                change="slider_change(event);" />
    </mx:ApplicationControlBar>

    <mx:Panel id="panel" title="Panel" width="100%" height="100%">
        <mx:ControlBar>
            <mx:Label text="ControlBar" />
        </mx:ControlBar>
    </mx:Panel>

</mx:Application>

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You can also set the backgroundAlpha style in MXML, using the following snippet:

<mx:Panel title="Panel" backgroundAlpha="0.75">
...
</mx:Panel>

Or you can set the backgroundAlpha style in an external .CSS file or a <mx:Style /> block, as seen in the following snippet:

<mx:Style>
    Panel {
        backgroundAlpha: 0.75; /* 75% */
    }
</mx:Style>

3 thoughts on “Setting the background alpha on a Panel container in Flex

  1. How do you get it so that the part of the panel that holds the titleBar and controlBar is transparent? I want that part of the panel to just be white, straight up, but the area that holds the children will have its own styles

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