I was looking through this site (and a few others) in order to find a simple,
easy to use control that looks better than the ordinary
Unfortunately, I was not successful - there are a lot of cool controls around
but I needed something different. One of the articles I read entitled CTitleMenu contains a
class that creates a menu with a nice gradient title - that was it!. I decided
to incorporate some of the code to create a nice static control.... and here it
How to add this control to your project:
#include "GradientStatic.h"in files where you plan to use this class.
This control is derived from
CStatic and adds only a few new
functions. Please note that this class is not perfect. If you need some other
features - just modify it!
CGradientStatic uses the following colors:
void SetColor(COLORREF cl); // Use this function to change left color of gradient. //For example this will set a RED color. SetColor(RGB(255,0,0)); //this will use one of system defined colors SetColor(GetSysColor(COLOR_ACTIVECAPTION)); void SetGradientColor(COLORREF cl); //Use this function to changes right color of gradient. void SetTextColor(COLORREF cl); //Use this function to changes color of text. void SetLeftSpacing(int iNoOfPixels); //If text isn't centered you can use this function to set a point where //CGradientStatic should start painting text. //On default control leaves 10 pixels from the right side. void SetTextAlign(int iAlign ) //Use this function to change text aligment. //Acceptable values: 0 - left, 1 - center, 2 -right void void SetVerticalGradient(BOOL a_bVertical = TRUE) //Use this function to set vertical gradient
m_pBoldFont = new CFont; //delete it in destructor m_pBoldFont->CreateFont(25,0,0,0,900,0,0,0,0,0,0,ANTIALIASED_QUALITY,0,"Arial"); //Use big font and standard colors m_cExample.SetFont(m_pBoldFont); m_cExample.SetWindowText("This is CGradientStatic example :)"); //Use standard font & centered text m_cExample2.SetWindowText("This text is in the center !"); m_cExample2.SetColor(RGB(255,0,0)); m_cExample2.SetGradientColor(RGB(0,0,0));
This control loads the
GradientFill function dynamically from
msimg32.dll. If this load fails, for whatever reason, no gradient fill
will be performed, but no crash should occur either. This control is free to use
26th April 2004
Added support of vertical gradients, new improved demo application.
6th May 2003
Removed few limitations of previous version. Now code is smaller, simpler and works a bit better.
6th Octber 2002
Paolo Adami suggested a small addition
to this control. Thanks to function
DrawGradRect(CDC *pDC, CRect r,
COLORREF cLeft, COLORREF cRight) - control will draw gradient background
also on systems that don't have msimg32.dll library installed. This code
is not such a fancy algorithm as msimg32.dll library and produces worse
effect - but it works fine.