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How to: Paint an Area with a Radial Gradient

This example shows how to use the RadialGradientBrush class to paint an area with a radial gradient.

Example

The following example uses a RadialGradientBrush to paint a rectangle with a radial gradient that transitions from yellow to red to blue to lime green.


using System;
using System.Windows;
using System.Windows.Controls;
using System.Windows.Input;
using System.Windows.Media;
using System.Windows.Media.Animation;
using System.Windows.Shapes;

namespace BrushesIntroduction
{
    public class RadialGradientBrushSnippet : Page
    {
        public RadialGradientBrushSnippet()
        {
            Title = "RadialGradientBrush Example";
            Background = Brushes.White;
            Margin = new Thickness(20);

            //
            // Create a RadialGradientBrush with four gradient stops.
            //
            RadialGradientBrush radialGradient = new RadialGradientBrush();

            // Set the GradientOrigin to the center of the area being painted.
            radialGradient.GradientOrigin = new Point(0.5, 0.5);
            
            // Set the gradient center to the center of the area being painted.
            radialGradient.Center = new Point(0.5, 0.5);

            // Set the radius of the gradient circle so that it extends to
            // the edges of the area being painted.
            radialGradient.RadiusX = 0.5; 
            radialGradient.RadiusY = 0.5;

            // Create four gradient stops.
            radialGradient.GradientStops.Add(new GradientStop(Colors.Yellow, 0.0));
            radialGradient.GradientStops.Add(new GradientStop(Colors.Red, 0.25));
            radialGradient.GradientStops.Add(new GradientStop(Colors.Blue, 0.75));
            radialGradient.GradientStops.Add(new GradientStop(Colors.LimeGreen, 1.0));

            // Freeze the brush (make it unmodifiable) for performance benefits.
            radialGradient.Freeze();

            // Create a rectangle and paint it with the 
            // RadialGradientBrush.
            Rectangle aRectangle = new Rectangle();
            aRectangle.Width = 200;
            aRectangle.Height = 100;
            aRectangle.Fill = radialGradient;

            StackPanel mainPanel = new StackPanel();
            mainPanel.Children.Add(aRectangle);
            Content = mainPanel;

        }

    }
}



<Page 
  xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
  xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
  Title="RadialGradientBrush Example"
  Background="White" Margin="20">
  <StackPanel>

    <!-- This rectangle is painted with a radial gradient. -->
    <Rectangle Width="200" Height="100">
      <Rectangle.Fill>
        <RadialGradientBrush 
          GradientOrigin="0.5,0.5" 
          Center="0.5,0.5" RadiusX="0.5" RadiusY="0.5">
          <RadialGradientBrush.GradientStops>
            <GradientStop Color="Yellow" Offset="0" />
            <GradientStop Color="Red" Offset="0.25" />
            <GradientStop Color="Blue" Offset="0.75" />
            <GradientStop Color="LimeGreen" Offset="1" />
          </RadialGradientBrush.GradientStops>
        </RadialGradientBrush>
      </Rectangle.Fill>
    </Rectangle>
  </StackPanel>
</Page>

The following illustration shows the gradient from the preceding example. The gradient's stops have been highlighted.

Gradient stops in a radial gradient

For additional RadialGradientBrush examples, see the Brushes Sample. For more information about gradients and other types of brushes, see Painting with Solid Colors and Gradients Overview.

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