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GeometryGroup Class

Represents a composite geometry, composed of other Geometry objects.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Media
Assembly:  PresentationCore (in PresentationCore.dll)

public sealed class GeometryGroup : Geometry

Composite geometry objects can be created using a GeometryGroup, a CombinedGeometry, or by calling the static Geometry method Combine. A CombinedGeometry creates a composite geometry from exactly two geometry objects. A GeometryGroup, on the other hand, creates a composite geometry from any number of geometry objects.

GeometryGroup uses the FillRule property to specify how its geometry objects are combined. See How to: Control the Fill of a Composite Shape for more information on using FillRule.

Geometries can be combined in several ways: using a GeometryGroup, a CombinedGeometry, or the Combine method of the Geometry class.

It is worth noting that a GeometryCollection is not itself a composite geometry, but is used by the GeometryGroup class to store Geometry objects.

This example shows how to create composite shapes using Geometry objects and display them using a Path element. In the following example, a LineGeometry, EllipseGeometry, and a RectangleGeometry are used with a GeometryGroup to create a composite shape. The geometries are then drawn using a Path element.

<!-- Displays the geometry. --> 
<Path Stroke="Black" StrokeThickness="1" Fill="#CCCCFF">

    <!-- Creates a composite shape from three geometries. -->
    <GeometryGroup FillRule="EvenOdd">
      <LineGeometry StartPoint="10,10" EndPoint="50,30" />
      <EllipseGeometry Center="40,70" RadiusX="30" RadiusY="30" />              
      <RectangleGeometry Rect="30,55 100 30" />
// Create a Path to be drawn to the screen.
Path myPath = new Path();
myPath.Stroke = Brushes.Black;
myPath.StrokeThickness = 1;
SolidColorBrush mySolidColorBrush = new SolidColorBrush();
mySolidColorBrush.Color = Color.FromArgb(255, 204, 204, 255);
myPath.Fill = mySolidColorBrush;

// Create the line geometry to add to the Path
LineGeometry myLineGeometry = new LineGeometry();
myLineGeometry.StartPoint = new Point(10, 10);
myLineGeometry.EndPoint = new Point(50, 30);

// Create the ellipse geometry to add to the Path
EllipseGeometry myEllipseGeometry = new EllipseGeometry();
myEllipseGeometry.Center = new Point(40, 70);
myEllipseGeometry.RadiusX = 30;
myEllipseGeometry.RadiusY = 30;

// Create a rectangle geometry to add to the Path
RectangleGeometry myRectGeometry = new RectangleGeometry();
myRectGeometry.Rect = new Rect(30, 55, 100, 30);

// Add all the geometries to a GeometryGroup.
GeometryGroup myGeometryGroup = new GeometryGroup();

myPath.Data = myGeometryGroup;

// Add path shape to the UI.
StackPanel mainPanel = new StackPanel();
this.Content = mainPanel;

The following illustration shows the shape created in the previous example.

Composite Geometry

A composite geometry created using a GeometryGroup

More complex shapes, such as polygons and shapes with curved segments, may be created using a PathGeometry. For an example showing how to create a shape using a PathGeometry, see How to: Create a Shape by Using a PathGeometry. Although this example renders a shape to the screen using a Path element, Geometry objects may also be used to describe the contents of a GeometryDrawing or a DrawingContext. They may also be used for clipping and hit-testing.

This example is part of larger sample; for the complete sample, see the Geometries Sample.

More Code

How to: Control the Fill of a Composite Shape The FillRule property of a GeometryGroup or a PathGeometry, specifies a "rule" which the composite shape uses to determine whether a given point is part of the geometry. There are two possible values for FillRule: EvenOdd and Nonzero. The following sections will describe how to use these two rules.

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