Drawing an Antiailiased Ellipse or Circle using Delphi5  Graphics

Posted on 2008-06-20
Last Modified: 2013-12-21
The software I am developing draws images based upon dimensional values drawn from a datbase.  I am  currently using the Wu-Line algorighm to antialaise straight lines with great results.  However the curved lines of the image still display the jagged line which greatly detracts from the image quality.  I have read that Wu also developed an antialiased curved line drawing algorithm but have been unable to locate any code showing the algorithm.

Does anyone have a reference to the algorithm or a similr algorithm that will draw antialiased ellipses, circles or arcs in 24 bit colors?

Any help will be sincerely appreciated.

Tom Myers
Question by:Tom1myers
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Accepted Solution

Mamouri earned 500 total points
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Take a look to this delphi code and sample:
It's free and works like a charm. But I'm not sure about the algorithm.

Author Comment

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Thank you for your response. Although, the code and sample present a very clear and concise insight into the method of antiailiasing a circle and I may need to devise a method of using it, I really need to find Wu's circle antiailiasing algorighm to work in conjunction with my present line antiailiasing code.

I am going to be away from my computer for the next 3 days. If the Wu algorithm has not turned up by then, I'll re-evaluate my requirements.

Until then,
Tom Myers

Assisted Solution

Mamouri earned 500 total points
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Here is a very good implementation of Wu Lang Algorithm for drawing circles in C++:

Actually DrawWuCirlce uses DrawWuLine method for drawing a circle. The source of DrawWuLine is attached. As you told in the Question you have the source code for drawing a line using Wu Algorithm. So I think it's easy to use the algorithm for drawing a circle using Wu Line Drawing function.

void DrawWuCirlce (CDC * pDC, int x, int y, int r)


	short x1, y1, x2, y2;

	float dt = 5;

	for ( float theta= 0; theta< 360; theta += dt )


		x1 = (short)( r*cos(theta*3.141593/180.0)+x);

		y1 = (short)(-r*sin(theta*3.141593/180.0)+y);

		x2 = (short)( r*cos((theta+dt)*3.141593/180.0)+x);

		y2 = (short)(-r*sin((theta+dt)*3.141593/180.0)+y);


		DrawWuLine ( pDC, x1, y1, x2, y2, RGB(192,0,0));



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Expert Comment

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It's very appreciated if you could share Wu Lang Antialias Line Drawing function with community :)

Author Closing Comment

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Please forgive my tardy responses to the solutions. A medical emergency has kept me from my computer.
I beleive that both responses will be quite useful.
Thank you for your patience and efforts.
I will post the procedure that was derived from the Wu Line code that I use to draw antialiased lines.
Tom Myers

Author Comment

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Attached is the code I use to draw antiailiased, straight lines.
After I have used the common Delphi code to sketch and color the image, I call the Wu procedure to draw over the boundry lines to match the existing colors on each side of the line.
I works great for me. Now I just need to incorporate the Wu antialiased circle code to complete the process.
Tom Myers
Uses Math, Graphics;

procedure WuLine(ABitmap : TBitmap ; Point1, Point2 : TPoint ; AColor : TColor);

procedure AlphaBlendPixel(ABitmap : TBitmap ; X, Y : integer ; R, G, B : byte ; ARatio : Real);


  X1,X2,Y1,Y2    : Integer;

  LineColor      : TColor;

  Point1, Point2 : TPoint;

  DrawPlace      : TBitmap;


  DrawPlace := TBitmap.Create; 

  DrawPlace := Image1.Picture.Bitmap;

  Drawplace.PixelFormat := pf24Bit;


  Drawplace.Height := Image1.Height;

  DrawPlace.Width  := Image1.Width;


  X1 := 10, X2 := 100, Y1 := 10, Y2 := 50;

  LineColor := clBlack

  WuLine(Drawplace, Point(X1,Y1), Point(X2,Y1),SketchColor.Color);

procedure TFormDraw.WuLine(ABitmap : TBitmap ; Point1, Point2 : TPoint ; AColor : TColor);


  deltax, deltay, loop, start, finish : integer;

  dx, dy, dydx : single; // fractional parts

  LR, LG, LB : byte;

  x1, x2, y1, y2 : integer;


  x1 := Point1.X; y1 := Point1.Y;

  x2 := Point2.X; y2 := Point2.Y;

  deltax := abs(x2 - x1); // Calculate deltax and deltay for initialisation

  deltay := abs(y2 - y1);

  if (deltax = 0) or (deltay = 0) then begin // straight lines

    ABitmap.Canvas.Pen.Color := AColor;

    ABitmap.Canvas.MoveTo(x1, y1);

    ABitmap.Canvas.LineTo(x2, y2);



  LR := (AColor and $000000FF);

  LG := (AColor and $0000FF00) shr 8;

  LB := (AColor and $00FF0000) shr 16;

  if deltax > deltay then

  begin // horizontal or vertical

    if y2 > y1 then // determine rise and run

      dydx := -(deltay / deltax)


      dydx := deltay / deltax;

    if x2 < x1 then


      start := x2; // right to left

      finish := x1;

      dy := y2;

    end else


      start := x1; // left to right

      finish := x2;

      dy := y1;

      dydx := -dydx; // inverse slope


    for loop := start to finish do


      AlphaBlendPixel(ABitmap, loop, trunc(dy), LR, LG, LB, 1 - frac(dy));

      AlphaBlendPixel(ABitmap, loop, trunc(dy) + 1, LR, LG, LB, frac(dy));

      dy := dy + dydx; // next point


  end else


    if x2 > x1 then // determine rise and run

      dydx := -(deltax / deltay)


      dydx := deltax / deltay;

    if y2 < y1 then


      start := y2; // right to left

      finish := y1;

      dx := x2;

    end else


      start := y1; // left to right

      finish := y2;

      dx := x1;

      dydx := -dydx; // inverse slope


    for loop := start to finish do


      AlphaBlendPixel(ABitmap, trunc(dx), loop, LR, LG, LB, 1 - frac(dx));

      AlphaBlendPixel(ABitmap, trunc(dx) + 1, loop, LR, LG, LB, frac(dx));

      dx := dx + dydx; // next point




// blend a pixel with the current colour

procedure TFormDraw.AlphaBlendPixel(ABitmap : TBitmap ; X, Y : integer ; R, G, B : byte ; ARatio : Real);


  LBack, LNew : TRGBTriple;

  LMinusRatio : Real;

  LScan : PRGBTripleArray;


  if (X < 0) or (X > ABitmap.Width - 1) or (Y < 0) or (Y > ABitmap.Height - 1) then

    Exit; // clipping

  LScan := ABitmap.Scanline[Y];

  LMinusRatio := 1 - ARatio;

  LBack := LScan[X];

  LNew.rgbtBlue := round(B*ARatio + LBack.rgbtBlue*LMinusRatio);

  LNew.rgbtGreen := round(G*ARatio + LBack.rgbtGreen*LMinusRatio);

  LNew.rgbtRed := round(R*ARatio + LBack.rgbtRed*LMinusRatio);

  LScan[X] := LNew;


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