I have a little ActiveX control that reads gif images and displays them. Here is the code to load the images:

IPicture *lpiPict;   // THE IMAGE IS LOADED HERE

if( SUCCEEDED( ::OleLoadPicture( iStream, nFileSize, TRUE, IID_IPicture,(void**)&lpiPict) ) )
	OLE_HANDLE ole_handle;
	lpiPict->get_Handle( &ole_handle );
	GetObject( (HANDLE)ole_handle, sizeof(BITMAP), &bm );

	return (HANDLE)ole_handle;  // RETURN THE IMAGE AS AN HBITMAP

When this code returns I receive the image as an HBITMAP that I can then BitBlt for display.

Now I need transparency support, I already have the method to draw the HBITMAP with a transparent color. Now the question: In a GIF image the color that must be transparent is contained in the image palette. How can I get find out which color is from the data loaded in the IPicture structure?? or from the HBITMAP structure??

This way I can render the image with the transparent parts the creator intended and not a predefined transparent color chose by me...

thanks for any tips...