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Image Foreground in Windows Store App

Posted by Shubham Srivastava Articles | Windows Store Apps May 07, 2012
In this article we use an image as a foreground in a text block.
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Introduction

In this article we will use the foreground property of a Textblock; generally we apply a color for the foreground of a Textblock and an image for the background. But here we will learned how we can use an image for the foreground for a Textblock.

So for applying an image for a foreground of a Textblock we will use an ImageBrush control and set its property ImageSource with an Image which is added in our project. The complete instructions to apply an image as a foreground is given below.

Step 1 : First of all you will create a new Metro Style Application. Let us see the description with images of how you will create it.

  • Open Visual Studio 2011
  • File -> New -> Project
  • Choose Template -> Visual C# ->Metro Style Application
  • Rename the application

img1.gif

Step 2 : In the Solution Explorer there are two files that we will primarily work with; BlankPage.xaml and BlankPage.xaml.cs files.

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Step 3 : The BlankPage.xaml file is as in the following code:

Code :

<Page
    x:Class="ForegroundImage.BlankPage"
    xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
          xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
          xmlns:d="http://schemas.microsoft.com/expression/blend/2008"
          xmlns:mc="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006"
          mc:Ignorable="d"
          d:DesignHeight="768" d:DesignWidth="1366">
    <Page.Resources>
        <Style x:Key="BaseStatusStyle" TargetType="TextBlock">
            <Setter Property="FontFamily" Value="Segoe UI Semilight"/>
            <Setter Property="FontSize" Value="14.667"/>
            <Setter Property="Margin" Value="0,0,0,5"/>
        </Style>
        <Style x:Key="StatusStyle" BasedOn="{StaticResource BaseStatusStyle}" TargetType="TextBlock">
            <Setter Property="Foreground" Value="Green"/>
        </Style>
        <Style x:Key="ErrorStyle" BasedOn="{StaticResource BaseStatusStyle}" TargetType="TextBlock">
            <Setter Property="Foreground" Value="Blue"/>
        </Style>
    </Page.Resources>
   <Grid x:Name="LayoutRoot" Background="White">

        <!--App Orientation States-->

         <VisualStateManager.VisualStateGroups>
            <VisualStateGroup x:Name="OrientationStates">
                <VisualState x:Name="FullScreenLandscapeScale100Percent"/>
                <VisualState x:Name="FilledScale100Percent">
                    <Storyboard>
                        <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="(FrameworkElement.Margin)" Storyboard.TargetName="ContentRoot">
                            <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0">
                                <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
                                    <Thickness>40,20,40,20</Thickness>
                                </DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
                            </DiscreteObjectKeyFrame>
                        </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                        <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="(StackPanel.Orientation)" Storyboard.TargetName="InputPanel">
                            <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0">
                                <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
                                    <Orientation>Horizontal</Orientation>
                                </DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
                            </DiscreteObjectKeyFrame>
                        </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                        <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="(FrameworkElement.MaxWidth)" Storyboard.TargetName="ScenarioInput">
                            <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0" Value="700">
                            </DiscreteObjectKeyFrame>
                        </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                    </Storyboard>
                </VisualState>
                <VisualState x:Name="FullScreenPortraitScale100Percent">
                    <Storyboard>
                        <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="(FrameworkElement.Margin)" Storyboard.TargetName="ContentRoot">
                            <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0">
                                <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
                                    <Thickness>40,20,40,20</Thickness>
                                </DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
                            </DiscreteObjectKeyFrame>
                        </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                        <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="(FrameworkElement.MaxWidth)" Storyboard.TargetName="ScenarioInput">
                            <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0" Value="400">
                            </DiscreteObjectKeyFrame>
                        </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                    </Storyboard>
                </VisualState>
                <VisualState x:Name="SnappedScale100Percent">
                    <Storyboard>
                        <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="(FrameworkElement.Margin)" Storyboard.TargetName="ContentRoot">
                            <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0">
                                <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
                                    <Thickness>20,20,20,20</Thickness>
                                </DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
                            </DiscreteObjectKeyFrame>
                        </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                        <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="(StackPanel.Orientation)" Storyboard.TargetName="InputPanel">
                            <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0">
                                <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
                                    <Orientation>Vertical</Orientation>
                                </DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
                            </DiscreteObjectKeyFrame>
                        </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                        <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="(FrameworkElement.MaxWidth)" Storyboard.TargetName="ScenarioInput">
                            <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0" Value="250">
                            </DiscreteObjectKeyFrame>
                        </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                        <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="(FrameworkElement.Margin)" Storyboard.TargetName="LegalPanel">
                            <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0">
                                <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
                                    <Thickness>0,0,10,0</Thickness>
                                </DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
                            </DiscreteObjectKeyFrame>
                        </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                    </Storyboard>
                </VisualState>
                <VisualState x:Name="FullScreenLandscapeScale140Percent">
                    <Storyboard>
                        <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="(FrameworkElement.Margin)" Storyboard.TargetName="ContentRoot">
                            <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0">
                                <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
                                    <Thickness>40,20,40,20</Thickness>
                                </DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
                            </DiscreteObjectKeyFrame>
                        </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                        <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="(StackPanel.Orientation)" Storyboard.TargetName="InputPanel">
                            <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0">
                                <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
                                    <Orientation>Horizontal</Orientation>
                                </DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
                            </DiscreteObjectKeyFrame>
                        </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                        <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="(FrameworkElement.MaxWidth)" Storyboard.TargetName="ScenarioInput">
                            <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0" Value="600">
                            </DiscreteObjectKeyFrame>
                        </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                    </Storyboard>
                </VisualState>
                <VisualState x:Name="FilledScale140Percent"/>
                <VisualState x:Name="FullScreenPortraitScale140Percent">
                    <Storyboard>
                        <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="(FrameworkElement.Margin)" Storyboard.TargetName="ContentRoot">
                            <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0">
                                <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
                                    <Thickness>40,20,40,20</Thickness>
                                </DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
                            </DiscreteObjectKeyFrame>
                        </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                        <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="(FrameworkElement.MaxWidth)" Storyboard.TargetName="ScenarioInput">
                            <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0" Value="250">
                            </DiscreteObjectKeyFrame>
                        </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                    </Storyboard>
                </VisualState>
                <VisualState x:Name="SnappedScale140Percent"/>
            </VisualStateGroup>
        </VisualStateManager.VisualStateGroups>
        <Grid x:Name="ContentRoot" Background="LimeGreen" Margin="100,20,100,20">
            <Grid.RowDefinitions>
                <RowDefinition Height="Auto"/>
                <RowDefinition Height="*"/>
                <RowDefinition Height="Auto"/>
           </Grid.RowDefinitions>

             <!-- Content -->

            <Grid HorizontalAlignment="Center" VerticalAlignment="Center" Margin="100,50,100,50">
                <Grid.RowDefinitions>
                    <RowDefinition Height="Auto"/>
                    <RowDefinition Height="Auto"/>
                    <RowDefinition Height="Auto"/>
                    <RowDefinition Height="Auto"/>
                    <RowDefinition Height="*"/>
                </Grid.RowDefinitions>

                <!--TextBlock with text-->

                <TextBlock Name="txtITORIAN" Text="MCN"
FontSize="650" FontWeight="Bold" FontFamily="Arial">
          <TextBlock.Foreground>
                   <ImageBrush ImageSource="a.jpg" />
          </TextBlock.Foreground>
                </TextBlock>
            </Grid>
        </Grid>
    </Grid>
</
Page>

 Step 4 : After running this code the output will look like this:

img3.gif

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