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DrawingGroup Class

Represents a collection of drawings that can be operated upon as a single drawing.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Media
Assembly:  PresentationCore (in PresentationCore.dll)
XMLNS for XAML: http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation, http://schemas.microsoft.com/netfx/2007/xaml/presentation

[ContentPropertyAttribute("Children")]
public sealed class DrawingGroup : Drawing
<DrawingGroup>
  Children
</DrawingGroup>

Use a DrawingGroup to combine multiple drawings into a single, composite drawing. Unlike other Drawing objects, you can apply a Transform, BitmapEffect, Opacity setting, OpacityMask, ClipGeometry, or a GuidelineSet to a DrawingGroup. The flexibility of this class enables you to create complex scenes.

Because DrawingGroup is also a Drawing, it can contain other DrawingGroup objects.

For more information about Drawing objects, see Drawing Objects Overview.

Freezable Features: Because it inherits from the Freezable class, the DrawingGroup class provides several special features: DrawingGroup objects can be declared as resources, shared among multiple objects, made read-only to improve performance, cloned, and made thread-safe. For more information about the different features provided by Freezable objects, see Freezable Objects Overview.

This example shows how to use a DrawingGroup to create complex drawings by combining multiple Drawing objects into a single composite drawing.

The following example uses a DrawingGroup to create a composite drawing from the GeometryDrawing and ImageDrawing objects. The following illustration shows the output that this example produces.

A composite drawing that is created by using DrawingGroup

A DrawingGroup with multiple drawings

Note the gray border, which shows the bounds of the drawing.

// 
// Create three drawings. 
//
GeometryDrawing ellipseDrawing =
    new GeometryDrawing(
        new SolidColorBrush(Color.FromArgb(102, 181, 243, 20)),
        new Pen(Brushes.Black, 4),
        new EllipseGeometry(new Point(50,50), 50, 50)
    );

ImageDrawing kiwiPictureDrawing = 
    new ImageDrawing(
        new BitmapImage(new Uri(@"sampleImages\kiwi.png", UriKind.Relative)), 
        new Rect(50,50,100,100));

GeometryDrawing ellipseDrawing2 =
    new GeometryDrawing(
        new SolidColorBrush(Color.FromArgb(102,181,243,20)),
        new Pen(Brushes.Black, 4),
        new EllipseGeometry(new Point(150, 150), 50, 50)
    );

// Create a DrawingGroup to contain the drawings.
DrawingGroup aDrawingGroup = new DrawingGroup();
aDrawingGroup.Children.Add(ellipseDrawing);
aDrawingGroup.Children.Add(kiwiPictureDrawing);
aDrawingGroup.Children.Add(ellipseDrawing2);
<DrawingGroup>

  <GeometryDrawing Brush="#66B5F314">
    <GeometryDrawing.Geometry>
      <EllipseGeometry Center="50,50" RadiusX="50"  RadiusY="50"/>
    </GeometryDrawing.Geometry>
    <GeometryDrawing.Pen>
      <Pen Brush="Black" Thickness="4" />
    </GeometryDrawing.Pen>
  </GeometryDrawing>
  <ImageDrawing ImageSource="sampleImages\kiwi.png" Rect="50,50,100,100"/>
  <GeometryDrawing Brush="#66B5F314">
    <GeometryDrawing.Geometry>
      <EllipseGeometry Center="150,150" RadiusX="50"  RadiusY="50"/>
    </GeometryDrawing.Geometry>
    <GeometryDrawing.Pen>
      <Pen Brush="Black" Thickness="4" />
    </GeometryDrawing.Pen>
  </GeometryDrawing>
</DrawingGroup>

You can use a DrawingGroup to apply a Transform, Opacity setting, OpacityMask, BitmapEffect, ClipGeometry, or GuidelineSet to the drawings it contains. Because a DrawingGroup is also a Drawing, it can contain other DrawingGroup objects.

The following example is similar to the preceding example, except that it uses additional DrawingGroup objects to apply bitmap effects and an opacity mask to some of its drawings. The following illustration shows the output that this example produces.

Composite drawing that has multiple DrawingGroup objects

A DrawingGroup with multiple drawings

Note the gray border, which shows the bounds of the drawing.

// Create a DrawingGroup.
DrawingGroup mainGroup = new DrawingGroup();

// 
// Create a GeometryDrawing 
//
GeometryDrawing ellipseDrawing =
    new GeometryDrawing(
        new SolidColorBrush(Color.FromArgb(102, 181, 243, 20)),
        new Pen(Brushes.Black, 4),
        new EllipseGeometry(new Point(50, 50), 50, 50)
    );

// 
// Use a DrawingGroup to apply a blur 
// bitmap effect to the drawing. 
//
DrawingGroup blurGroup = new DrawingGroup();
blurGroup.Children.Add(ellipseDrawing);
BlurBitmapEffect blurEffect = new BlurBitmapEffect();
blurEffect.Radius = 5;
blurGroup.BitmapEffect = blurEffect;

// Add the DrawingGroup to the main DrawingGroup.
mainGroup.Children.Add(blurGroup);

// 
// Create an ImageDrawing. 
// 
ImageDrawing kiwiPictureDrawing =
    new ImageDrawing(
        new BitmapImage(new Uri(@"sampleImages\kiwi.png", UriKind.Relative)),
        new Rect(50, 50, 100, 100));

// 
// Use a DrawingGroup to apply an opacity mask 
// and a bevel. 
//
DrawingGroup maskedAndBeveledGroup = new DrawingGroup();
maskedAndBeveledGroup.Children.Add(kiwiPictureDrawing);

// Create an opacity mask.
RadialGradientBrush rgBrush =new RadialGradientBrush();
rgBrush.GradientStops.Add(new GradientStop(Color.FromArgb(0,0,0,0), 0.55));
rgBrush.GradientStops.Add(new GradientStop(Color.FromArgb(255,0,0,0), 0.65));
rgBrush.GradientStops.Add(new GradientStop(Color.FromArgb(0,0,0,0), 0.75));
rgBrush.GradientStops.Add(new GradientStop(Color.FromArgb(255,0,0,0), 0.80));
rgBrush.GradientStops.Add(new GradientStop(Color.FromArgb(0,0,0,0), 0.90));
rgBrush.GradientStops.Add(new GradientStop(Color.FromArgb(255,0,0,0), 1.0));
maskedAndBeveledGroup.OpacityMask = rgBrush;

// Apply a bevel.
maskedAndBeveledGroup.BitmapEffect = new BevelBitmapEffect();

// Add the DrawingGroup to the main group.
mainGroup.Children.Add(maskedAndBeveledGroup);

// 
// Create another GeometryDrawing. 
//
GeometryDrawing ellipseDrawing2 =
  new GeometryDrawing(
      new SolidColorBrush(Color.FromArgb(102, 181, 243, 20)),
      new Pen(Brushes.Black, 4),
      new EllipseGeometry(new Point(150, 150), 50, 50)
  );

// Add the DrawingGroup to the main group.
mainGroup.Children.Add(ellipseDrawing2);
<DrawingGroup>

  <DrawingGroup>
    <GeometryDrawing Brush="#66B5F314">
      <GeometryDrawing.Geometry>
        <EllipseGeometry Center="50,50" RadiusX="50"  RadiusY="50"/>
      </GeometryDrawing.Geometry>
      <GeometryDrawing.Pen>
        <Pen Brush="Black" Thickness="4" />
      </GeometryDrawing.Pen>
    </GeometryDrawing>
    <DrawingGroup.BitmapEffect>
      <BlurBitmapEffect Radius="5" />
    </DrawingGroup.BitmapEffect>
  </DrawingGroup>

  <DrawingGroup>
    <ImageDrawing ImageSource="sampleImages\kiwi.png" Rect="50,50,100,100"/>
    <DrawingGroup.BitmapEffect>
      <BevelBitmapEffect  />
    </DrawingGroup.BitmapEffect>
    <DrawingGroup.OpacityMask>
      <RadialGradientBrush>
        <GradientStop Offset="0.55" Color="#00000000" />
        <GradientStop Offset="0.65" Color="#FF000000" />
        <GradientStop Offset="0.75" Color="#00000000" />
        <GradientStop Offset="0.80" Color="#FF000000" />
        <GradientStop Offset="0.90" Color="#00000000" />
        <GradientStop Offset="1.0" Color="#FF000000" />
      </RadialGradientBrush>
    </DrawingGroup.OpacityMask>
  </DrawingGroup>

  <GeometryDrawing Brush="#66B5F314">
    <GeometryDrawing.Geometry>
      <EllipseGeometry Center="150,150" RadiusX="50"  RadiusY="50"/>
    </GeometryDrawing.Geometry>
    <GeometryDrawing.Pen>
      <Pen Brush="Black" Thickness="4" />
    </GeometryDrawing.Pen>
  </GeometryDrawing>

</DrawingGroup>

For more information about Drawing objects, see Drawing Objects Overview.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0

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