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Graphics.Clip Property

Gets or sets a Region that limits the drawing region of this Graphics.

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

public Region Clip { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Drawing.Region
A Region that limits the portion of this Graphics that is currently available for drawing.

Modifying the Region object returned by the Clip property does not affect subsequent drawing with the Graphics object. To change the clip region, replace the Clip property value with a new Region object. To determine whether the clipping region is infinite, retrieve the Clip property and call its IsInfinite method.

The following code example demonstrates the use of the Clip property. This example is designed to be used with Windows Forms. Paste the code into a form and call the SetAndFillClip method when handling the form's Paint event, passing e as PaintEventArgs.

private void SetAndFillClip(PaintEventArgs e)

    // Set the Clip property to a new region.
    e.Graphics.Clip = new Region(new Rectangle(10, 10, 100, 200));

    // Fill the region.
    e.Graphics.FillRegion(Brushes.LightSalmon, e.Graphics.Clip);

    // Demonstrate the clip region by drawing a string
    // at the outer edge of the region.
    e.Graphics.DrawString("Outside of Clip", new Font("Arial", 
        12.0F, FontStyle.Regular), Brushes.Black, 0.0F, 0.0F);


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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