PathGradientBrush::SetCenterColor method

The PathGradientBrush::SetCenterColor method sets the center color of this path gradient brush. The center color is the color that appears at the brush's center point.


Status SetCenterColor(
  IN const Color & color



Type: const Color

Reference to a Color object that specifies the center color.

Return Value

Type: 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.


By default the center point is the centroid of the brush's boundary path, but you can set the center point to any location inside or outside the path.


The following example creates a PathGradientBrushobject based on an ellipse. The code calls the PathGradientBrush::SetCenterColor method of the PathGradientBrushobject to set the center color to blue. The PathGradientBrush::SetSurroundColors method sets the color along the entire boundary to aqua. The FillRectangle Methods method uses the path gradient brush to paint a rectangle that contains the ellipse.

VOID Example_SetCenter(HDC hdc)
   Graphics graphics(hdc);

   // Create a path that consists of a single ellipse.
   GraphicsPath path;
   path.AddEllipse(0, 0, 200, 100);

   // Use the path to construct a brush.
   PathGradientBrush pthGrBrush(&path);

   // Set the color at the center of the path to blue.
   pthGrBrush.SetCenterColor(Color(255, 0, 0, 255));

   // Set the color along the entire boundary of the path to aqua.
   Color colors[] = {Color(255, 0, 255, 255)};
   INT count = 1;
   pthGrBrush.SetSurroundColors(colors, &count);

   graphics.FillRectangle(&pthGrBrush, 0, 0, 300, 300); 


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

See Also

Brushes and Filled Shapes


Creating a Path Gradient

Filling a Shape with a Color Gradient




PathGradientBrush::GetCenterPoint Methods

PathGradientBrush::SetCenterPoint Methods