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Windows 8 Using XAML, Part 07: Brushes

with expert Ken Getz

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Release date Release date 12/17/2012
Level Level Intermediate
Runtime Runtime 1h 14m
Platform Platform Major browsers on Windows Major browsers on Windows Major browsers on Mac OSX Major browsers on Mac OSX Mobile Devices Mobile Devices
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Course description

This course will show you how to work with Brushes and Transforms for your Windows 8 applications. It will start with showing you how to work with solid, gradient, and image brushes. Then you will learn how to add transparency effects. Then you will investigate built-in transforms and then learn to add reflection effect using opacity and transforms.


This course assumes that students have some programming background and experience using Visual Studio 2010 and C# or Visual Basic. In addition, the course assumes some basic knowledge of XAML markup and basic knowledge of Windows Store applications and Windows 8.

Prepare for certification

This course will help you prepare for:
70-484 Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C#

This course will help you earn:
MCSD: Windows Store Apps

Meet the expert

Ken Getz Ken Getz is a featured instructor for several of our Visual Studio courses. He is a Visual Basic and Visual C# expert and has been recognized multiple times as a Microsoft MVP. Ken is a seasoned instructor, successful consultant, and the author or co-author of several best-selling books. He is a frequent speaker at technical conferences like Tech-Ed, VSLive and DevConnections, and he has written for several of the industry's most-respected publications including Visual Studio Magazine, CoDe Magazine and MSDN Magazine.

Course outline


Brushes (31:50)
  • Introduction (00:45)
  • Whats a Brush? (00:28)
  • Missing in Action (00:49)
  • SolidColorBrush Class (00:22)
  • How to Select a Color (01:38)
  • Use Named Colors (00:42)
  • Use #rrggbb or #aarrggbb Syntax (01:18)
  • Use Element.Property Syntax (00:47)
  • Demo: Solid Color Brush (04:05)
  • LinearGradientBrush Class (00:57)
  • LinearGradientBrush (02:25)
  • Rotating the Gradient (00:59)
  • Changing the Stop Points (00:34)
  • Demo: LinearGradientBrush (05:06)
  • Extending the Gradient (01:04)
  • Rectangles Only? (00:21)
  • Demo: Gradient Features (03:34)
  • Demo: Nonrectangular gradients (01:52)
  • Using Visual Studio (00:28)
  • Demo: Using Visual Studio (02:42)
  • Summary (00:45)
Image Brush (13:31)
  • Introduction (00:53)
  • ImageBrush Class (01:28)
  • ImageBrush (00:24)
  • Demo: ImageBrush (04:43)
  • Demo: ImageBrushText (01:11)
  • Using Transparency (01:22)
  • Demo: Transparency (02:32)
  • Summary (00:54)
Transformations (28:56)
  • Introduction (00:40)
  • Transforms (03:35)
  • Repeating Shapes (00:45)
  • Rotate Transform (01:19)
  • Demo: Rotate Transform (03:53)
  • Scale Transform (00:31)
  • Demo: Scale Transform (02:42)
  • Skew Transform (00:39)
  • Demo: Skew Transform (02:38)
  • Translate Transform (00:22)
  • Demo: Translate Transform (00:50)
  • Avoiding Absolute Coordinates (00:56)
  • Demo: TransformOrigin (03:13)
  • Transforming a Control (00:52)
  • Demo: Transforming a Control (01:43)
  • Adding Reflection Effects (01:11)
  • Demo: Reflection effects (01:58)
  • Summary (01:04)