Drawing with canvas

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Drawing with canvas can be done using several procedures e.g.

  • Canvas line, draws a line from coordinates (x1,y1) to (x2,y2)
  • Canvas rectangle, draws a rectangle from upper left (x1,y1) to lower right (x2,y2)
  • Canvas ellipse, draws an ellipse in a rectangle defined by (x1,y1) and (x2,y2). If x2-x1 = y2-y1, the ellipse will be a circle with radius (x2-x1)/2.

The following code draws the diagonals of the canvas. Enter the code between begin and end of the procedure Button1Click:

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
  canvas.Line(0,0, form1.Width,form1.Height);

In the Canvas object the Brush and Pen objects are defined, both with a color property, which indicate the color that makes the fill and stroke of the various objects that are drawn. To paint an object of one color, the first thing is to change the brush and color, before giving the instruction to draw, the order of the statements is important. This would be the code, notice how the color is changed before drawing the ellipse:

  canvas.Brush.color:= clred;
  canvas.Ellipse(195, 117, 205, 128);
  canvas.Brush.color:= clblue;
  canvas.Rectangle (192, 130,208,160);
  canvas.Brush.color:= clgreen;
  canvas.Rectangle (187, 130,191,162);
  canvas.Brush.color:= clyellow;
  canvas.Rectangle (209, 130,213,162);
  canvas.Brush.color:= clmaroon;
  canvas.Rectangle (193,161,199,200);
  canvas.Brush.color:= clpurple;
  canvas.Rectangle (201,161,207,200);

or shorter

  with canvas do begin
    Brush.color:= clred;
    Ellipse(195, 117, 205, 128);
    Brush.color:= clblue;
    Rectangle (192, 130,208,160);
    Brush.color:= clgreen;
    Rectangle (187, 130,191,162);
    Brush.color:= clyellow;
    Rectangle (209, 130,213,162);
    Brush.color:= clmaroon;
    Rectangle (193,161,199,200);
    Brush.color:= clpurple;
    Rectangle (201,161,207,200);

This will give something like this: canvas3.png