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How to get a transparent rectangle in a view

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Hiya

I have an MFC SDI application. In the View I want to draw a rectangle with a black border. However, I want the inside of the rectangle to be empty i.e. transparent. That is, I want to be able to put the rectangle over other shapes in the View and they will appear through the rectangle.

I have tried it so far using

pDC->SetBkMode(TRANSPARENT);
pDC->Rectangle(100,-100,400,-400);

and nothing covered in the rectangle comes through.

John
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Question by:IssacJones
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Hi IssacJones,

'Rectangle' uses the current selected brush to fill the rectangle. To draw a transparent one do it like this:

> CBrush* pOldBrush = (CBrush*)pDC->SelectStockObject( NULL_BRUSH );
> pDC->Rectangle( 100,-100,400,-400 );
> pDC->SelectObject( pOldBrush );

Hope that helps,

ZOPPO
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by:IssacJones
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Hi Zoppo

Nope, that doesn't work. The rectangle is complely black.

By the way, the rectangle covers a bitmap. Would that make a difference?

John
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by:AndyAinscow
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You could use a combination of MoveTo (moves cursor to a point without drawing a line) and DrawTo (draws line from where the cursor was up to  the new point).

The advantage of this technique is that it copes with any shape not just rectangles.
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by:IssacJones
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Hiya Zoppo

Sorry you were right, I didn't use SelectStockObject.

now that I have it works ok.

John
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