Back in the Allegro 4 days, we had those nice high color fade in and out functions that made fading bitmaps in and out perty easy. Now that I am using Allegro 5, I need to figure out all this blending and alpha channel stuff. I have been reading the posts in the forums, and playing with some of the code in those posts, but it seems some people are using the blending methods, other are just multiplying by alpha values, and what not, and to be honest, I am still very much confused.
I guess what I am asking here is, if there is a tutorial, or some code snippets that are known to work as of (3/8/2012) that could help a dummy such as myself learn his way around this topic?
Thanks for any and all assistance.