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Pro Silverlight 5 in VB by Matthew MacDonald

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Perspective Transforms

Silverlight doesn't include a true toolkit for 3-D drawing. However, it does have a feature called perspective transforms that lets you simulate a 3-D surface. Much like a normal transform, a perspective transform takes an existing element and manipulates its visual appearance. But with a perspective transform, the element is made to look as though it's on a 3-D surface.

Perspective transforms can come in handy, but they're a long way from real 3-D. First, and most obvious, they give you only a single shape to work with—essentially, a flat, rectangular plane, like a sheet of paper, on which you can place your elements and then tilt them away from the viewer. By comparison, a true 3-D framework allows you to fuse tiny triangles ...

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