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| || Visual Basic .NET Unleashed |
By Paul Kimmel
| Table of Contents |
| Chapter 17. Programming with GDI+ |
The Graphics Device Interface plus (GDI+) provides all of the power and functionality of the API and more. GDI+ enables you to create custom graphics, create shaped forms, and manage imaging tasks across a broad and extensible range of bitmapped image types.
In this chapter you learned how to create text effects, implement shaped Windows Forms, and work with vector-based graphics using classes in the System.Drawing namespace.
You will find vector graphics useful in small portions for spicing up your GUI forms, as well as for writing graphics to printer devices, creating pies and charts , and for imaging. Examples of tools that currently support graphics and imaging, and that might provide you with ideas as to how GDI+ might be employed, include Crystal Reports, Adobe Photoshop, and Microsoft Excel.