Welcome to the graphics world of GDI+, the next-generation graphics device interface. GDI+ is the gateway to interact with graphics device interfaces in the .NET Framework. If you're going to write .NET applications that interact with graphics devices such as monitors, printers, or files, you will have to use GDI+.
This chapter will introduce GDI+. First we will discuss the theoretical aspects of GDI+, which you should know before starting to write a graphics application.
After reading this chapter, you should understand the following topics:
GDI+: The Next-Generation Graphics Interface
Your First GDI+ Application
The Graphics Class
Working with Brushes and Pens
Colors, Fonts, and Text
Rectangles and Regions
Working with Images
Advanced 2D Graphics
Developing GDI+ Web Applications
GDI+ Best Practices and Performance Techniques
Miscellaneous GDI+ Examples
Appendix A. Exception Handling in .NET