# [cairo] Getting wrong cairo pixel color.

Bill Spitzak spitzak at gmail.com
Mon Mar 28 10:44:45 PDT 2011

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Monil Parmar wrote:
> Hi,
>
> Iam using cairo in my application to set and get the color.
> Values which Iam getting for particular pixel is not exactly same which
> we are setting, it is nearabout of that value.
> I made a sample in which, For example if we are setting the (r=10, b=20,
> g=30, a=40) to the pixel,  when I tried to get the color value from that
> pixel.
> Iam getting following values in return (r=6, b=19, g=26, a=40).

When you set the color it multiplies it by the alpha and it does floor
(rather than round). Floor is pretty much a requirement to make cairo
match other graphics libraries and to avoid some numeric problems. This
produces:

r = floor(10*40/255) = floor(1.56...) = 1
g = floor(20*40/255) = floor(3.13...) = 3
b = floor(30*40/255) = floor(4.70...) = 4

When you read the values back you then multiply by 255/40 to undo the
premultiply and round to the nearest multiple of 255 resulting in:

r = round(1*255/40) = round(6.375) =  6
g = round(3*255/40) = round(19.125)= 19
b = round(4*255/40) = round(25.5)  = 26 (round to even)
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