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Windows Store App Development: C# and XAML by Pete Brown

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Chapter 7. Brushes, graphics, styles, and resources

This chapter covers

  • Brushes and colors
  • Resources and styles
  • Vector graphics
  • Images

The Windows 8 design aesthetic generally frowns on decoration and ornamentation (also referred to as “chrome”). That doesn’t mean that graphics have no role to play. In comparison to other versions of Windows, Windows 8 is far more graphically rich with a stronger focus on colorful touch-friendly shapes and vibrant imagery. Just take a look at the apps from the Windows Store or the apps that come preinstalled—you’ll find that they make extensive use of both bitmap and vector graphics.

When I first started working with Silverlight 1.0, we had the Canvas for the panel and some basic vector and bitmapped ...

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