You have several options here. First off you can also get an Image refrence from Toolkit.getDefaultToolkit().createImage(...); I''m not sure if they will return anything diffrent from what component does, but it''s worth a try.
Another option you have is to create a new Image producer style memory image with a SPECIFIC color model that includes alpha bits.
Thank you, but I think both options don''t work. I can only getGraphics() from an Image created with Component.createImage(), not from one that is downloaded or created with an ImageProducer. Toolkit.getDefaultToolkit().createImage(...) also uses an ImageProducer. That means I still don''t know how to create the Image I need. Thank you for your answer, Leonhard