Squares on the Canvas

To handle simple graphics elements in your application, start by learning how to draw a square on the screen. When you add multiple squares that overlap each other, you can see how their colors change due to the semi-transparent colors and overlays.

To draw squares on the screen, you need to use a canvas. In EFL, the Evas library provides the canvas. All shapes drawn on Evas are created as Evas objects.

The following example is created using the Basic UI template as a source code. To create a new project:

  1. In the Tizen Studio menu, select File > New > Tizen Project.

    Open the Project Wizard

  2. In the Project Wizard, select Template as the project type, MOBILE profile and applicable version, Native Application type, and Basic UI template.

  3. Enter DrawRect in the Project name field.

    Create the project

  4. Click Finish.

After the project is created, modify the template to create the application with 3 squares:

  1. Open the .c source file in the src folder and add the new code to the create_base_gui() function.

    The following functions are used to create the squares:

    • evas_object_evas_get() retrieves the Evas handler from the window object, which is embedded into the Evas object parameter.
    • evas_object_rectangle_add() creates a rectangle object on a canvas.
    • evas_object_color_set() specifies a color for a shape. The parameters are Red, Green, Blue, and semi-transparency. For example, entering 255, 0, 0, 192 creates a semi-transparent red.
    • evas_object_move() moves objects to a given location. The first parameter indicates the object, and the second and third parameters indicate the horizontal and vertical position.
    • evas_object_resize() changes the size of the object. The first parameter indicates the object, and the second and third parameters indicates the width and height.

    The label is not used in this example, so annotate it.

       Create and initialize elm_conformant
       elm_conformant is mandatory for the base GUI to have a proper size
       when the indicator or virtual keypad is visible
    ad->conform = elm_conformant_add(ad->win);
    elm_win_indicator_mode_set(ad->win, ELM_WIN_INDICATOR_SHOW);
    elm_win_indicator_opacity_set(ad->win, ELM_WIN_INDICATOR_OPAQUE);
    evas_object_size_hint_weight_set(ad->conform, EVAS_HINT_EXPAND, EVAS_HINT_EXPAND);
    elm_win_resize_object_add(ad->win, ad->conform);
       Create an actual view of the base GUI
       Modify this part to change the view
    #if 0 /* _NOT_USED */
        ad->label = elm_label_add(ad->conform);
        elm_object_text_set(ad->label, "<align=center>Hello Tizen</align>");
        evas_object_size_hint_weight_set(ad->label, EVAS_HINT_EXPAND, EVAS_HINT_EXPAND);
        elm_object_content_set(ad->conform, ad->label);
    /* Evas */
    Evas  *evas = evas_object_evas_get(ad->conform);
    /* Add a rectangle to the given Evas */
    Evas_Object *rect = evas_object_rectangle_add(evas);
    /* Set the general/main color of the Evas object to the given one */
    evas_object_color_set(rect, 255, 0, 0, 192);
    /* Move the Evas object to the given location inside its canvas viewpoint */
    evas_object_move(rect, 50, 50);
    /* Change the size of the Evas object */
    evas_object_resize(rect, 200, 200);
    /* Make the Evas object visible */
    Evas  *evas2 = evas_object_evas_get(ad->conform);
    Evas_Object *rect2 = evas_object_rectangle_add(evas2);
    evas_object_color_set(rect2, 0, 255, 0, 192);
    evas_object_move(rect2, 200, 50);
    evas_object_resize(rect2, 200, 200);
    Evas *evas3 = evas_object_evas_get(ad->conform);
    Evas_Object *rect3 = evas_object_rectangle_add(evas3);
    evas_object_color_set(rect3, 0, 0, 255, 192);
    evas_object_move(rect3, 125, 200);
    evas_object_resize(rect3, 200, 200);
    /* Show the window after the base GUI is set up */
  2. Build and run the application.

    The 3 squares are displayed on the screen. The colors of the overlaid areas change to their intermediate colors because semi-transparency has been applied.

    Create the project