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=head1 NAME

SDL::PixelFormat - Stores surface format information

=head2 CATEGORY

Core, Video, Structure

=head1 SYNOPSIS

	my $surface = SDL::Surface->new( ...
	$surface->format; #this returns the PixelFormat object attached to this surface

PixelFormat is only created in a C<SDL::Surface>. This module only provides getters to the surface's pixelformat. Later on we will provide setting capability.


=head1 DESCRIPTION

An C<SDL::PixelFormat > stores surface format information

=head1 METHODS

=head2  palette

	$surface->format->palette;

Returns the C<SDL_Palette> and L<SDL::Palette> of the format of the surface.

=head2  BitsPerPixel 

	$surface->format->BitsPerPixel;

The number of bits used to represent each pixel in a surface. Usually 8, 16, 24 or 32. (1 to 7 are not allowed when creating a surface or open a video mode

=head2 BytesPerPixel

	$surface->format->BytesPerPixel;

The number of bytes used to represent each pixel in a surface. Usually one to four.

=head2 [RGBA]loss

	$surface->format->Rloss; #red   loss
	$surface->format->Bloss; #blue  loss
	$surface->format->Gloss; #green loss	
	$surface->format->Aloss; #alpha loss

Precision loss of each color component (2[RGBA]loss)

=head2 [RGBA]shift

	$surface->format->Rshift; #red   shift
	$surface->format->Bshift; #blue  shift
	$surface->format->Gshift; #green shift	
	$surface->format->Ashift; #alpha shift

Binary left shift of each color component in the pixel value


=head2 [RGBA]mask

	$surface->format->Rmask; #red   mask
	$surface->format->Bmask; #blue  mask
	$surface->format->Gmask; #green mask	
	$surface->format->Amask; #alpha mask

Binary left shift of each color component in the pixel value

=head2 colorkey
	
	$surface->format->colorkey;

Pixel value of transparent pixels.	

=head2 alpha
	
	$surface->format->alpha;
	
Overall surface alpha value



=head1 SEE ALSO

L<SDL::Surface>

=head1 AUTHORS

See L<SDL/AUTHORS>.

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