JSwing | Create Translucent and Shaped Windows in Java

Per – Pixel Translucency allows the programmer to control the translucency of a specific pixel over others. we will use this property to create a shaped window.
In this article we will try to implement shaped window in java by creating a transparent window and then painting the panel and then adding the Panel to the window.

  • setBackground(Color c)method is used to set the background color to color c.
  • color class is used to create a color of required transparency.

Methods :

  1. setBackground(Color c) : method to set the background color to color c
  2. color(int r, int g, int b, int alpha) : creates a new color with specified red, green, blue and aplha value. where alpha is the value of translucency where 255 is opaque and 0 is transparent .
  3. getRGB(int x, int y) : returns the RGB value of the Coordinate x, y
  4. setColor(Color c) : set the color of graphics to c.


  1. Example 1

    Input :


  2. Example 2

    Input :


  3. Example 3 :
    Input :

    Output 3 :

Explanation : Here, in the input we can see that the background is made transparent whereas the
symbol of GeeksforGeeks remains as it was. Through the transparent background we can see the window below. We have separated the logo from its background and painted it on a transparent window .
The program below will illustrate how to create a shaped window using per – pixel translucency.





// Java Program to implement the shaped window
import javax.swing.*;
import java.awt.*;
import java.awt.image.*;
import java.io.*;
import javax.imageio.*;
class solve extends JFrame {
    // main class
    public static void main(String[] args)
        // try block
        try {
            // create a window
            JWindow w = new JWindow();
            // set a transparent  background of the window
            w.setBackground(new Color(0, 0, 0, 0));
            // read the image
            BufferedImage i = ImageIO.read(new File("f:/gfg.png"));
            // create a panel
            JPanel p = new JPanel() {
                // paint the panel
                public void paintComponent(Graphics g)
                    // extract the pixel of the image
                    for (int ii = 1; ii < i.getHeight(); ii++)
                        for (int j = 1; j < i.getWidth(); j++) {
                            // get the color of pixel
                            Color ty = new Color(i.getRGB(j, ii));
                            // if the color is more than 78 % white ignore it keep it transparent
                            if (ty.getRed() > 200 && ty.getGreen() > 200 && ty.getBlue() > 200)
                                g.setColor(new Color(0, 0, 0, 0));
                            // else set  the color
                                g.setColor(new Color(i.getRGB(j, ii)));
                            // draw a pixel using a line.
                            g.drawLine(j, ii, j, ii);
            // add panel
            // set the location
            w.setLocation(350, 300);
            // set the size of the window
            w.setSize(900, 900);
            // set the visibility of the windwo
        // catch any exception
        catch (Exception e) {
            // show the error


Input 1 :

Output 1 :

Input 2 :

Output 2 :

Input 3 :

Output 3 :

Note: I have chosen the color white as the background so I have separated it from the image and made it transparent. Its upon the discretion of the programmer to choose the background of the image .

Note : The above programs might not run in an online compiler please use an offline IDE.
It is recommended to use latest version of java to run the above programs, user might face problems if older versions of java are used.

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