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Hi,

when i create my user control, i draw it using shape control. Then it looks FLAT, but I want it to be 3D or looks like the command button .
How can i do it
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rspahitz earned 200 total points
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Hi, again!
3D effects are achieved by adding gradiations of brightnesses.

If you look at a typical 3D button, you'll notice that the "surface" of the button is medium/light gray, the top and left are off-white, and the bottom and right are off-black.

There are several ways to achieve this:

1) Create a series of overlapping shapes, slightly offset from each other.  For example, create a series of light oval slightly up and left from the desired oval surface, then create a series of dark ovals slightly down and right, then place the primary oval at the correct location (with ZOrder = vbBringToFront.)

2) Actually draw arcs of various lengths and colors at various points to give the appearance of depth.  (This can be done using the Circle command onto the user control surface.)

I'll try to work out some details in the next comment.
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OK, try something like this (assumes that your oval is twice as wide as it is high, i.e. width/height=.5) put into your user control's paint event.

  Dim sglRadiusX As Single
  Dim sglRadiusY As Single
  Dim iOffset As Integer
 
  Const PI As Double = 3.14159265358979
 
  sglRadiusX = Shape1.Width / 2
  sglRadiusY = Shape1.Height / 2
 
  For iOffset = 0 To 25 Step 5
    Me.Circle (Shape1.Left + sglRadiusX + iOffset, Shape1.Top + sglRadiusY + iOffset), sglRadiusX, &H606060, 225 * PI / 180, 45 * PI / 180, 0.5
    Me.Circle (Shape1.Left + sglRadiusX - iOffset, Shape1.Top + sglRadiusY - iOffset), sglRadiusX, &HF0F0F0, 45 * PI / 180, 225 * PI / 180, 0.5
  Next iOffset
 
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by:toni2002
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Hi rspahitz,

Thanx a lot for your interest and sorry for being late.
Both answers are right but I used the first one in my project.

Best wishes
Toni2002
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I'm glad it was helpful! :)
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