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# Font Points to Pixel.

Posted on 1998-08-24
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I'm doing a programm that's pset fonts on a bmp picture, but i want the size of the font to be maybe 20 pixels not 20 points, how do i do ??????
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The answer is almost impossible.  The reason being is that the point to pixel ratio will change depending on the resolution, the size of font, the type of font (fixed width or variable width) and the weight of the font.
For example, Ariel 10pt on a resolution of 1152x864 will have a height of 10 pixels (13 if you include decenders).  A "W" is 13 pixels wide, an "I" is 1 pixel wide.  Changing to Times New Roman Bold 10pt height = 9 pixels (12 with decenders).  A "W" is 13 pixels wide, an I is 4 pixels wide.

The best you can do is try several fonts, cout the pixels and do some calculations.  The results will never be the same for all fonts, though.
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ID: 1430682
wondering how they do in paintprogramms like photoshop, when they converting the font to pixels?
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A quick and dirty way of calculating might be:
Set the font in a picturebox.
To get the values in pixels:
FontWidth = Picture1.TextWidth("X") / Screen.TwipsPerPixelX
FontHeight = Picture1.TextHeight("X") / Screen.TwipsPerPixelY
Remember that these values will change depending on the font used and the resolution of the screen.
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solution so far

Dim pix, size As Integer
Dim poi As Double

pix = Screen.TwipsPerPixelY
size= pix * fontstorlek
poi = twi / 27  'or somethimh like that

Picture2.FontSize = poi
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I'm sorry, but I'm not following your code well.  Can you explain further?
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dim pix, twi as integer
dim poi as double

1. take out the pixels, twips on the screenY
then i got that maybe there are xxx twips on 1 pixel

2. then take the twipsperpixel * fontsize

3. then the points = the poi/ 23 something realy dont know try and find a number that fit.

pix = Screen.TwipsPerPixelY
twi = pix * fontstorlek
poi = twi / 23

fontsize = poi

??????

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ID: 1430687
OK, I've been doing some research and there is an API call which will return information on the current font:
Private Declare Function GetTextMetrics Lib "gdi32" Alias "GetTextMetricsA" (ByVal hdc As Long, lpMetrics As TEXTMETRIC) As Long

Private Type TEXTMETRIC
tmHeight As Long           'Height of font
tmAscent As Long
tmDescent As Long
tmAveCharWidth As Long     'Average width of font
tmMaxCharWidth As Long     'Maximum width of font
tmWeight As Long           'Boldness
tmOverhang As Long
tmDigitizedAspectX As Long
tmDigitizedAspectY As Long
tmFirstChar As Byte
tmLastChar As Byte
tmDefaultChar As Byte
tmBreakChar As Byte
tmItalic As Byte
tmUnderlined As Byte
tmStruckOut As Byte
tmPitchAndFamily As Byte
tmCharSet As Byte
End Type

Usage:
Private Sub Command1_Click()
Dim TM As TEXTMETRIC
Dim lRes As Long

lRes = GetTextMetrics(Form1.hdc, TM)
Debug.Print TM.tmHeight, TM.tmAveCharWidth
End Sub

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ok i'll try it out and see what happens

thanks!
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