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Graphics.TextRenderingHint Property

Gets or sets the rendering mode for text associated with this Graphics.

Namespace:  System.Drawing
Assembly:  System.Drawing (in System.Drawing.dll)

public TextRenderingHint TextRenderingHint { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Drawing.Text.TextRenderingHint
One of the TextRenderingHint values.

The text rendering hint specifies whether text renders with antialiasing.

NoteNote

You should not use a CompositingMode property value of SourceCopy when the TextRenderingHint property is set to ClearTypeGridFit. An exception could occur or the image may not render correctly.

The following code example demonstrates the use of the TextRenderingHint and TextContrast properties.

This example is designed to be used with Windows Forms. Paste the code into a form and call the ChangeTextRenderingHintAndTextContrast method when handling the form's Paint event, passing e as PaintEventArgs.

private void ChangeTextRenderingHintAndTextContrast(PaintEventArgs e)
{

    // Retrieve the graphics object.
    Graphics formGraphics = e.Graphics;

    // Declare a new font.
    Font myFont = new Font(FontFamily.GenericSansSerif, 20, 
        FontStyle.Regular);

    // Set the TextRenderingHint property.
    formGraphics.TextRenderingHint = 
        System.Drawing.Text.TextRenderingHint.SingleBitPerPixel;

    // Draw the string.
    formGraphics.DrawString("Hello World", myFont, 
        Brushes.Firebrick, 20.0F, 20.0F);

    // Change the TextRenderingHint property.
    formGraphics.TextRenderingHint = 
        System.Drawing.Text.TextRenderingHint.AntiAliasGridFit;

    // Draw the string again.
    formGraphics.DrawString("Hello World", myFont, 
        Brushes.Firebrick, 20.0F, 60.0F);

    // Set the text contrast to a high-contrast setting.
    formGraphics.TextContrast = 0;

    // Draw the string.
    formGraphics.DrawString("Hello World", myFont, 
        Brushes.DodgerBlue, 20.0F, 100.0F);

    // Set the text contrast to a low-contrast setting.
    formGraphics.TextContrast = 12;

    // Draw the string again.
    formGraphics.DrawString("Hello World", myFont, 
        Brushes.DodgerBlue, 20.0F, 140.0F);

    // Dispose of the font object.
    myFont.Dispose();

}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

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

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