Import Graphics with Transparent Colors Into LabVIEW

Updated Jul 25, 2018

Reported In


  • LabVIEW

Operating System

  • Windows

Issue Details

How can I import images with transparent colors into LabVIEW?


First, you need to have a graphics development environment that allows you to create and save graphics with transparent colors in a format importable by LabVIEW on your operating system. Canvas and Corel Draw are two examples. After you have created the graphics file, save it as follows:
  • On Macintosh, save the graphic as a PICT file.
  • On Windows 3.1.x, save as GIF, TIFF, or Metafile.
  • On Windows NT/98/95, you must save as a Windows Metafile (.WMF) or Enhanced Metafile (.EMF).
  • On Windows XP, save as a Portable Network Graphics Format (.PNG)
  • On Windows 7, 8 or 10, save as a Graphic Interchange Format(.GIF) or Portable Network Graphics Format (.PNG). 
Solaris does not support transparent color in graphics. Only bitmaps are supported on Solaris.
After saving the image, import it into LabVIEW using the Import Picture From File option under the Edit menu.

Additional Information

The following website has downloadable software programs that create various image file formats. Simply search for the file extension (e.g. WMF, EMF, etc.) that is appropriate for your operating system.
Externel link : Windows PC Software Downloads


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