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Stored procedures
Indicates that the drawing functions that will be used are intended for the specified Image control.
Remark: <Image>.StartDrawing initializes all the parameters required to create a drawing for a given element.
// Start drawing in the "IMG_ImageDrawing" control
ResDrawing = IMG_ImageDrawing.StartDrawing()
// Drawings performed in the "IMG_ImageDrawing" control
// End of drawing in the "IMG_ImageDrawing" control
IMG_Image1.Font("Arial", 12, iNormal, 0)
IMG_Image1.DrawText(4, 0, "I'm writing in an Image control!")
<Result> = <Image control>.StartDrawing([<Options>])
<Result>: System integer
  • Memory DC (device context) of the Image control,
  • 0 if an error occurs. This parameter can be used to call system routines (functions of Windows API). In this case, we recommend that you use a system integer.
Java Special case:
  • 1 if successful,
  • 0 if an error occurs.
<Image control>: Control name
Name of the Image control to use.
<Options>: Optional Integer constant (or combination of constants)
Drawing options:
Versions 22 and later
New in version 22
Versions 16 and later
New in version 16
dWithOpacityAllows the opacity to be managed in the different drawing functions used by the Image control. Used for example to create a drawing saved in PNG format with management of alpha layer.
(Default value)
Erases the drawing found in the Image control.
dGridlinesOpacityThe drawing is displayed over gridlines in order to highlight the transparent or semi-transparent sections of drawing. The gridlines are not saved in the image.
PHP This constant is not available.
dNoEraseDoes not erase the drawing found in the Image control.
dOnChartUsed to draw in an Image control in which a chart was already drawn. In this case, the chart drawing is not erased.
PHP This constant is not available.

Use in prefixed syntax

  • <Image>.StartDrawing must be called before the other drawing functions. <Image>.StartDrawing makes it possible to define the drawing options used in the Image control.
  • * When drawing in an Image control:
    • the drawing functions operate on a copy ("bitmap") of image. You can use the drawing functions of Windows (via API or CallDLL32) but these Windows functions must use the DC (Device Context) returned by <Image>.StartDrawing.
    • <Image>.EndDrawing and <Image>.StartDrawing must not be called in the same process. The drawing will not be displayed if <Image>.EndDrawing and <Image>.StartDrawing are called in the same process: it will be automatically erased.
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Drawing with management of opacity

Creating a drawing with management of opacity is used to easily save the images in PNG format with management of Alpha layer.
To save a PNG drawing with management of Alpha layer:
  1. Use the function <Image>.StartDrawing. This function is used to define, if necessary, the element onto which the drawing functions will be applied as well as the drawing mode. The dWithOpacity constant is used to indicate that the drawing will manage the opacity. The dGridlinesOpacity constant is used to display gridlines underneath the different drawing areas.
  2. Configure the opacity of your drawings with the following functions:
    <Image>.BackgroundDeclares the background color and its opacity for the next drawings.
    <Image>.DrawPointDeclares the color of the points and their opacity for the next drawings.
    <Image>.PenDeclares the color of the lines and their opacity for the next drawings.

    Remark: <Image>.PixelOpacity is used to find out the opacity of a point.
  3. Use <Image>.SavePNG to save your drawing in PNG format with management of alpha layer (opacity).
Limit: In "Management of opacity" mode, <Image>.DrawText is limited to the use of True Type fonts.

Pattern and PHP

In PHP, the drawing functions are based on the graphic library GD. This library is commonly used by the PHP hosting companies and therefore it is always enabled. The version of the GD library must be version 2.0.28 (or later). This library can be downloaded from the PHP site.
To enable (if necessary) this library locally, the following elements are required:
  • PHP installed.
  • the PHP.INI file found in the Windows directory must contain the following line: "extension=php_gd2.dll" (instead of ";extension=php_gd2.dll").
  • the php_gd2.dll file must exist in the directory of PHP extensions. This directory is defined in the PHP.INI file by the "extension_dir" variable.
Related Examples:
The drawing functions Unit examples (WINDEV): The drawing functions
[ + ] Using the main drawing functions of WINDEV to:
- Initialize an Image control for drawing
- Draw simple shapes
- Write a text into a drawing
- Change the color in a drawing
Component: wd260pnt.dll
Minimum version required
  • Version 24
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