How to Set Image Transparency in PDF – C#

Background image are often used in a document for making its appearance be more beautiful. But sometimes we find that texts are not difficult to read because of background dark color. In order to make text to be shown more clearly with background image, we can set transparency for background image. In this post, I will introduce a method about how to set image transparency in PDF by using C#.

I prepare one image firstly, and then set transparency for it. Actually, when setting transparency, we need to consider its percentage, for example, 100% transparency which means fully transparent. In this example, I will show images with different transparency in a PDF document.

Also, I use Spire.PDF to help me realize this function. Therefore, I add its dll file as reference.


  1. Create a PDF document and add section for it.
  2. Load image from computer and set its width, height.
  3. Use for loop to get all transparency modes. And in one page, one mode will be shown.  Firstly, because modes are set as enum type, I should get all of its value. Secondly, add page and set title, including title location and format. Also, I need to set a distance between title and image I will draw. Thirdly, draw normal image in page and then draw other transparency image by using for loop, which is used to set transparency and location of each image when image amount is less than 5.
  4. Save and Launch file.

Main Coding:

using System;

using System.Drawing;

using Spire.Pdf;

using Spire.Pdf.Graphics;

namespace GraphicsTransparency


    class transparency


        static void Main(string[] args)



            PdfDocument doc = new PdfDocument();

            //Add Section

            PdfSection section = doc.Sections.Add();

            //Load image

            PdfImage image = PdfImage.FromFile(@”D:\work\My Documents\Adele19.jpg”);

            float imageWidth = image.PhysicalDimension.Width / 2;

            float imageHeight = image.PhysicalDimension.Height / 2;

            foreach (PdfBlendMode mode in Enum.GetValues(typeof(PdfBlendMode)))


                PdfPageBase page = section.Pages.Add();

                float pageWidth = page.Canvas.ClientSize.Width;

                float y = 0;


                y = y + 20;

                PdfBrush brush = new PdfSolidBrush(Color.DarkOrange);

                PdfTrueTypeFont font = new PdfTrueTypeFont(new Font(“Calibri”, 15f, FontStyle.Regular));

                PdfStringFormat format = new PdfStringFormat(PdfTextAlignment.Center);

                String text = String.Format(“Transparency Blend Mode: {0}”, mode);

                page.Canvas.DrawString(text, font, brush, pageWidth / 2, y, format);

                SizeF size = font.MeasureString(text, format);

                y = y + size.Height + 6;

                //Set Transparency

                page.Canvas.DrawImage(image, 0, y, imageWidth, imageHeight);


                float d = (page.Canvas.ClientSize.Width – imageWidth) / 5;

                float x = d;

                y = y + d / 2;

                for (int i = 0; i < 5; i++)


                    float alpha = 1.0f / 6 * (5 – i);

                    page.Canvas.SetTransparency(alpha, alpha, mode);

                    page.Canvas.DrawImage(image, x, y, imageWidth, imageHeight);

                    x = x + d;

                    y = y + d / 2;












Result Shown by Following:

Note: Two of results are shown.


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