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Autoit Draw Shadow Arount the GUI Controls

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Hello there! Today i want to ask you how to draw a shadow around a GUI Control, whether it is button, or label, or anything else. Thanks in advance! 

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Maybe you'll have to mess with transparency and overlays, using an image with a shadow and transparency, placing it over a button...idk, seems complicated.


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Something like this?

#include <GUIConstants.au3>
#include <WinAPI.au3>
#include <SendMessage.au3>

Global $hMain = GUICreate("")
Global $btnOne = GUICtrlCreateButton("", 10, 10, 100, 20)
Global $lblText = GUICtrlCreateLabel("This is some text", 110, 40, 100, 20)

GUISetState(@SW_SHOW, $hMain)

GUICtrlAddShadow($btnOne)
GUICtrlAddShadow($lblText)

While (True)
    Switch (GUIGetMsg())
        Case $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE
            Exit 0
    EndSwitch
WEnd

Func GUICtrlAddShadow(Const $iCtrl)
    Local $hCtrl = GUICtrlGetHandle($ictrl)
    Local $hParent = _WinAPI_GetParent($hCtrl)
    Local $aPos = ControlGetPos($hParent, "", $iCtrl)
    Local $lblShadow = GUICtrlCreateLabel("", $aPos[0] + 3, $aPos[1] + 3, $aPos[2], $aPos[3])
    GUICtrlSetBkColor($lblShadow, 0x3E3E3E)
    GUICtrlSetState($lblShadow, $GUI_DISABLE)
    GUICtrlSetState($iCtrl, $GUI_ONTOP)
    _SendMessage($hCtrl, $WM_MOUSEFIRST)
    Return $lblShadow
EndFunc

Couldn't figure out how to refresh the control and make it on top of the shadow but calling AddShadow after the GUI is shown + the _SendMessage + setting the control to ONTOP did it.

_WinApi_RedrawWindow didn't work (using $hCtrl and $hParent, neither worked)

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#4 ·  Posted (edited)

Interesting question. Have you tried all the control styles? Here's an idea: take a screenshot of your GUI, draw the shadow around the controls using graphics software and then set the image as the GUI background. For resizing you'll have to ask a graphics expert.

Edited by czardas

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#5 ·  Posted (edited)

13 minutes ago, czardas said:

Interesting question. Have you tried all the control styles? Here's an idea: take a screenshot of your GUI, draw the shadow around the controls using graphics software and then set the image as the GUI background. For resizing you'll have to ask a graphics expert.

 
 

I just wanna find out how to draw a shadow around a GUI Control only by using codes, without using images and other stuff like that.

Edited by Renderer

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#6 ·  Posted (edited)

Ah, then try all the control styles. I don't know if there is a universal drop shadow style which applies to all control types - I kind of doubt it. It might should be possible to redraw everything using code, but don't ask me how.

Edit1: The styles I've tried seem to only do 3D type effects for controls like buttons (not specifically drop shadow).

Edit2: GDI+ is another possibility. It's probably the easiest approach. You might even find something in example scripts.

Edited by czardas

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Renderer,

This thread shows how it was done on XP & Vista - but I have no idea if it still works with more modern OSes.

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