Windows Presentation Foundation is Microsoft's latest tool for creating rich client applications in the .NET Framework. Professional WPF Programming: .NET Development with the Windows Presentation Foundation, from Wrox Press, offers experienced .NET developers a look at WPF, demonstrating how to use it, and the design tool Expression Blend, to incorporate audio, video and other rich media into the user interface.
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Chapter 6, Special Effects, introduces developers to brushes, bitmap effects, transformations and opacity masks.
- Brushes can apply gradients, images and custom drawings in addition to solid colors.
- Bitmap effects add drop shadows, blurring and other effects to visual elements.
- Transformations can rotate, scale or skew a visual element; animations can be added to transformations as well.
- Opacity masks can make it look as though an element is fading into the background or is translucent.
The chapter concludes with a primer on combining the aforementioned effects.
Excerpted from the Wrox book, Professional WPF Programming: .NET Development with the Windows Presentation Foundation (ISBN: 978-0-470-04180-2) by Chris Andrade, Shawn Livermore, Mike Meyers and Scott Van Vliet.
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