Visual Basic Graphics Programming: Hands-On Applications and Advanced Color Development / Edition 2

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All the tools you need to create the full range of Visual Basic(r) color graphics applications

Expert Rod Stephens provides you with everything you need to add advanced graphics to your applications in this in-depth introduction to graphic programming with Microsoft Visual Basic. From images using as few as 16 colors to "true-color" applications that use more than 16 million, he shows you how to create the full range of color graphics applications. You'll learn how to use Visual Basic controls to create impressive graphic effects without having to buy expensive add-on products.

This book/CD-ROM package also explains how to integrate imaging, animation, and two- and three-dimensional graphics into an application. And you'll find the tools to manipulate color images, overlay one image on another, build scrolled windows, and much more.

The Second Edition covers:
* New API functions
* Bitmap image morphing
* New algorithms for hidden surface removal
* Print preview with multiple pages and scales
* Image processing, including high color and true color
* Examples of controlling animation using simulation
* New examples that demonstrate shape-distorting transformations
* New examples of fractals and tilings
* Gouraud shading, Phong shading, and texturing
* Ray tracing speed improvements
* Ray tracing for new kinds of objects

The CD-ROM includes:
* More than 400 complete, ready-to-run example programs
* Pictures to use with the example programs
* Images generated by the programs
* Color images of many of the figures from the book
* Source code for all example programs from the First Edition

"...this second edition contains new features on DirectDraw, print preview, image processing, controlling animation using simulation, fractals & tilings, Gouraud & Phong shading, ray tracing for new kinds of objects, analytic geometry & more.

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Editorial Reviews

A book/CD-ROM introduction to graphic programming with Microsoft Visual Basic, for those with background in fundamentals of Visual Basic. Contains sections on working with Windows, image processing, animation, 2-D and 3-D graphics, and beyond three dimensions. The CD- ROM includes some 400 example programs, images, and source code. The author is a software engineer. This second edition covers new API functions and new algorithms, and uses 24-bit color almost exclusively. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471355991
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: Second Edition; Book & CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Rod Stephens is a contract software engineer specializing in graphical user interface, algorithms, and database systems. He has published over 120 articles and nine books including Bug Proofing Visual Basic and Ready-to-Run Visual Basic Algorithms.

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Table of Contents


Visual Basics.

Using the API.

Advanced Color.

Advanced Text.



Point Processes.

Area Processes.


Bitmap Animation.

Advanced Animation.


Fractals and Tilings.

Drawing Curves.

Two-Dimensional Transformations.


Three-Dimensional Transformations.


Hidden Surface Removal.

Shading Models.

Ray Tracing.


Higher-Dimensional Transformations.

Mathematical Tools.


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