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Class (inherits from Object)

Graphics class objects are used for drawing text, lines, rectangles, ovals, and pictures.

AntiAliasModes LineCapTypes TextDirections
HandleTypes LineJoinTypes
AntiAliasMode FontName PenSize
AntiAliased FontSize PrintingCancelled fa-lock-32.png
Bold FontUnit ScaleX
Brush Height fa-lock-32.png ScaleY
CharacterSpacing Italic ShadowBrush
Copies fa-lock-32.png LastPage fa-lock-32.png Transparency
DrawingColor LineCap Underline
FirstPage fa-lock-32.png LineDashOffset Width fa-lock-32.png
Font LineJoin
FontAscent fa-lock-32.png Outline
ClearRectangle DrawPicture LineDash
Clip DrawRectangle NextPage
ClipToPath DrawRoundRectangle RestoreState
ClipToRectangle DrawStopIcon Rotate
DrawCautionIcon DrawText SaveState
DrawLine FillOval Scale
DrawNoteIcon FillPath TextDirection
DrawObject FillRectangle TextHeight
DrawOval FillRoundRectangle TextWidth
DrawPath Handle Translate


Normally you use a graphics object in response to a Canvas.Paint event, but you can also perform direct drawing by using the Graphics property of a Picture. Alternatively, you can create vector graphics using the subclasses of the Object2D class.

You cannot create a meaningful Graphics object via the New command.


The x and y parameters of the methods are the horizontal and vertical coordinates of the left-top corner of the object being drawn or cleared. The origin (0,0) is the top-left corner of the control or window in which the drawing is being done.

For example, 50,50 is 50 points to the right and 50 points down from the top-left of the window or control.

Alpha Channel Support

The Transparency property takes a value between 0.0 (opaque) and 100.0 (transparent) that can be used to obtain "fading" effects (amongst other uses) by setting the transparency to a value greater than 0.0.

When rendering colors or pictures with alpha channel information, the Transparency property is composited with the alpha channel information. This allows you to perform uniform fading operations easily and efficiently.

On Windows, using the Transparency property only works on Picture.Graphics if the Picture was created with a depth of 32, or is a Picture with an alpha channel. Attempting to use it on other forms of Pictures will result in an UnsupportedOperationException.

Sample Code

This example uses the Paint event handler of a Canvas control to draw the text “The quick brown fox” in Helvetica bold, italic, 18 point, 50 pixels from the top of and 10 pixels from the left side of the control.

Sub Paint(g As Graphics)
g.Bold = True
g.Italic = True
g.FontName = "Helvetica"
g.FontSize = 18
g.DrawText("The quick brown fox", 10, 50)
End Sub

This example draws a triangle in a Canvas control. It is placed in the Paint event. The parameter g as Graphics is passed into this event.

g.DrawingColor = Color.Red
Var path As New GraphicsPath
path.MoveToPoint(10, 10)
path.AddLineToPoint(100, 50)
path.AddLineToPoint(10, 200)

This example uses the Clip method to define child Graphics items within the parent Canvas. The code is in the Paint event of a Canvas. The two clippings define regions at the top of the canvas and the DrawOval method draws object in each one. Notice that the first call tries to draw an oval that is wider than the region. It is truncated in the drawing.

Var myClip As Graphics = g.Clip(0, 0, 150, 15)
Var myClip2 As Graphics = g.Clip(150, 0, 150, 15)

// draw the border of the Canvas..
g.DrawingColor = &c000000
g.DrawRectangle(0, 0, g.Width, g.Height)

// draw into the first area...
myClip.DrawingColor = &cff0000
myClip.DrawRectangle(0, 0, myClip.Width, myClip.Height) // draw the border of the area..
myClip.DrawOval(0, 0, 200, 15) // the oval does not appear outside the region despite the call

// draw into the second area...
myClip2.DrawingColor = &c0000ff
myClip2.DrawRectangle(0, 0, myClip2.Width, myClip2.Height) // draw the border of the area
myClip2.DrawOval(0, 0, 150, 15)

See Also

DesktopCanvas control; DesktopWindow, DesktopContainer, Group2D classes.