LinearGradientBrush::GetBlend method (gdiplusbrush.h)

The LinearGradientBrush::GetBlend method gets the blend factors and their corresponding blend positions from a LinearGradientBrush object.

Syntax

Status GetBlend(
  [out] REAL *blendFactors,
  [out] REAL *blendPositions,
  [in]  INT  count
);

Parameters

[out] blendFactors

Type: REAL*

Pointer to an array that receives the blend factors. Each number in the array indicates a percentage of the ending color and is in the range from 0.0 through 1.0.

[out] blendPositions

Type: REAL*

Pointer to an array that receives the blend positions. Each number in the array indicates a percentage of the distance between the starting boundary and the ending boundary and is in the range from 0.0 through 1.0, where 0.0 indicates the starting boundary of the gradient and 1.0 indicates the ending boundary. A blend position between 0.0 and 1.0 indicates a line, parallel to the boundary lines, that is a certain fraction of the distance from the starting boundary to the ending boundary. For example, a blend position of 0.7 indicates the line that is 70 percent of the distance from the starting boundary to the ending boundary. The color is constant on lines that are parallel to the boundary lines.

[in] count

Type: INT

Integer that specifies the number of blend factors to retrieve. Before calling the LinearGradientBrush::GetBlend method of a LinearGradientBrush object, call the LinearGradientBrush::GetBlendCount method of that same LinearGradientBrush object to determine the current number of blend factors. The number of blend positions retrieved is the same as the number of blend factors retrieved.

Return value

Type: Status

If the method succeeds, it returns Ok, which is an element of the Status enumeration.

If the method fails, it returns one of the other elements of the Status enumeration.

Remarks

A LinearGradientBrush object has two parallel boundaries: a starting boundary and an ending boundary. A color is associated with each of these two boundaries. Each boundary is a straight line that passes through a specified point — the starting boundary passes through the starting point; the ending boundary passes through the ending point — and is perpendicular to the direction of the linear gradient brush. The direction of the linear gradient brush follows the line that is defined by the starting and ending points. This line, the "directional line," may be horizontal, vertical, or diagonal. All points that lie on a line that is parallel to the boundaries are the same color. When you fill an area with a linear gradient brush, the color changes gradually from one line to the next as you move along the directional line from the starting boundary to the ending boundary. By default, the change in color is proportional to the change in distance; that is, a line 30 percent of the distance between the starting boundary and the ending boundary has a color that is 30 percent of the distance between the starting boundary color and the ending boundary color. The color pattern is repeated outside of the starting and ending boundaries.

You can call the LinearGradientBrush::SetBlend method of a LinearGradientBrush object to customize the relationship between color and distance. For example, suppose you set the blend positions to {0, 0.5, 1} and you set the blend factors to {0, 0.3, 1}. Then a line 50 percent of the distance between the starting boundary and the ending boundary will have a color that is 30 percent of the distance between the starting boundary color and the ending boundary color.

Examples

The following example creates a linear gradient brush, sets its blend, and uses the brush to fill a rectangle. The code then gets the blend. The blend factors and positions can then be inspected or used in some way.

VOID Example_GetBlend(HDC hdc)
{
   Graphics myGraphics(hdc);

   // Create a linear gradient brush, and set its blend.
   REAL fac[] = {0.0f, 0.4f, 0.6f, 1.0f};
   REAL pos[] = {0.0f, 0.2f, 0.8f, 1.0f};

   LinearGradientBrush linGrBrush(
      Point(0, 0), 
      Point(100, 0),
      Color(255, 255, 0, 0),   // red
      Color(255, 0, 0, 255));  // blue

   linGrBrush.SetBlend(fac, pos, 4);

   // Use the linear gradient brush to fill a rectangle.
   myGraphics.FillRectangle(&linGrBrush, 0, 0, 100, 50);

   // Obtain information about the linear gradient brush.
   INT   blendCount;
   REAL* factors = NULL;
   REAL* positions = NULL;

   blendCount = linGrBrush.GetBlendCount();
   factors = new REAL[blendCount];
   positions = new REAL[blendCount];

   linGrBrush.GetBlend(factors, positions, blendCount);

   for(INT j = 0; j < blendCount; ++j)
   {
      // Inspect or use the value in factors[j].
      // Inspect or use the value in positions[j].
   }
}

Requirements

   
Minimum supported client Windows XP, Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header gdiplusbrush.h (include Gdiplus.h)
Library Gdiplus.lib
DLL Gdiplus.dll

See also

Brushes and Filled Shapes

Filling Shapes with a Gradient Brush

Filling a Shape with a Color Gradient

LinearGradientBrush

LinearGradientBrush::GetBlendCount

LinearGradientBrush::SetBlend

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