How to: Create a Composite Shape

This example shows how to create composite shapes using Geometry objects and display them using a Path element. In the following example, a LineGeometry, EllipseGeometry, and a RectangleGeometry are used with a GeometryGroup to create a composite shape. The geometries are then drawn using a Path element.


<!-- Displays the geometry. --> 
<Path Stroke="Black" StrokeThickness="1" Fill="#CCCCFF">
    <!-- Creates a composite shape from three geometries. -->
    <GeometryGroup FillRule="EvenOdd">
      <LineGeometry StartPoint="10,10" EndPoint="50,30" />
      <EllipseGeometry Center="40,70" RadiusX="30" RadiusY="30" />              
      <RectangleGeometry Rect="30,55 100 30" />
// Create a Path to be drawn to the screen.
Path myPath = new Path();
myPath.Stroke = Brushes.Black;
myPath.StrokeThickness = 1;
SolidColorBrush mySolidColorBrush = new SolidColorBrush();
mySolidColorBrush.Color = Color.FromArgb(255, 204, 204, 255);
myPath.Fill = mySolidColorBrush;

// Create the line geometry to add to the Path
LineGeometry myLineGeometry = new LineGeometry();
myLineGeometry.StartPoint = new Point(10, 10);
myLineGeometry.EndPoint = new Point(50, 30);

// Create the ellipse geometry to add to the Path
EllipseGeometry myEllipseGeometry = new EllipseGeometry();
myEllipseGeometry.Center = new Point(40, 70);
myEllipseGeometry.RadiusX = 30;
myEllipseGeometry.RadiusY = 30;

// Create a rectangle geometry to add to the Path
RectangleGeometry myRectGeometry = new RectangleGeometry();
myRectGeometry.Rect = new Rect(30, 55, 100, 30);

// Add all the geometries to a GeometryGroup.
GeometryGroup myGeometryGroup = new GeometryGroup();

myPath.Data = myGeometryGroup;

// Add path shape to the UI.
StackPanel mainPanel = new StackPanel();
this.Content = mainPanel;
' Create a Path to be drawn to the screen.
Dim myPath As New Path()
myPath.Stroke = Brushes.Black
myPath.StrokeThickness = 1
Dim mySolidColorBrush As New SolidColorBrush()
mySolidColorBrush.Color = Color.FromArgb(255, 204, 204, 255)
myPath.Fill = mySolidColorBrush

' Create the line geometry to add to the Path
Dim myLineGeometry As New LineGeometry()
myLineGeometry.StartPoint = New Point(10, 10)
myLineGeometry.EndPoint = New Point(50, 30)

' Create the ellipse geometry to add to the Path
Dim myEllipseGeometry As New EllipseGeometry()
myEllipseGeometry.Center = New Point(40, 70)
myEllipseGeometry.RadiusX = 30
myEllipseGeometry.RadiusY = 30

' Create a rectangle geometry to add to the Path
Dim myRectGeometry As New RectangleGeometry()
myRectGeometry.Rect = New Rect(30, 55, 100, 30)

' Add all the geometries to a GeometryGroup.
Dim myGeometryGroup As New GeometryGroup()

myPath.Data = myGeometryGroup

' Add path shape to the UI.
Dim mainPanel As New StackPanel()
Me.Content = mainPanel

The following illustration shows the shape created in the previous example.

A composite geometry created using a GeometryGroup
Composite Geometry

More complex shapes, such as polygons and shapes with curved segments, may be created using a PathGeometry. For an example showing how to create a shape using a PathGeometry, see Create a Shape by Using a PathGeometry. Although this example renders a shape to the screen using a Path element, Geometry objects may also be used to describe the contents of a GeometryDrawing or a DrawingContext. They may also be used for clipping and hit-testing.

This example is part of larger sample; for the complete sample, see the Geometries Sample.