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Dithered background?

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Hi,

I've been playing around with MSVC 1.5 for a couple of weeks now, and I was wondering how those dithered backgrounds are created.  As near as I can figure out, you start with a color, say blue (RGB(0,0,255)) and slice the background into small rectangles, darkening the blue (from 255 to 0) as you go, using a loop.  But, I haven't been able to find a way to re-define a CBrush object.  So, I have two questions:

1.  Am I even on the right track?

2.  If I'm right, how do you re-define a brush?

Thanks for any help.

Have Fun!
Bob Z.
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1. You are on the right track, but there's an easier way (see 3)

2. To paint each rectangle do

CBrush myBrush ;
myBrush.CreateSolidBrush( RGB(0,0,ii) ) ; // where ii is blue intensity
CBrush * pOldBrush = pDC->SelectObject( &myBrush ) ;
pDC->Rectangle( &rect ) ; // rect is the rectangle to paint
pDC->SelectObject( pOldBrush ) ;

3. The easier way is to let MFC do the creation of the brushes for you
pDC->FillSolidRect( &rect, RGB(0,0,ii) ) ; // rect is the rectangle to paint, ii is the blue intensity



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Hmm,

#1 gives me a run-time error.  Apparently you can't run 'Create' statments more than once.

#2 gives me the following error:
'FillRect' : cannot convert parameter 2 from 'const unsigned long ' to 'class ::CBrush __near *'

Any other ideas, or any idea why the code bits aren't working?

Bob Z.
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My main problem was that I was trying to do the brush inside the loop.  When I created a routine to call, that fixed it.

It was nice to know I was on the right track.
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I know this is old now - but the reasons are

#1 - you need to make sure the CBrush destructor is called at the end.  Eithrer move code to a function (as you did) - or new/delete the CBrush each time

#2 - FillSolidRect - NOT FillRect (this is a different function).   With FillSolidRect - MFC does the brush stuff for you!
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