Manual of Lua-OOCairo: pattern
lua-oocairo-pattern - Cairo pattern objects
A pattern object is any one of several things that can be used as the
source for a Cairo context, defining what colours and transparencies
will be used for drawing. These objects can be created explicitly with
pattern_create_* functions in the module table (see
lua-oocairo(3) for details), or implicitly by calling methods like
cr:set_source_rgb() on a context object (see lua-oocairo-context(3)).
Pattern objects can be compared with the
== operator. This will compare
the identity of the objects, so different Lua objects which refer to the
cairo_pattern_t will compare as equal.
- pat:add_color_stop_rgb (offset, r, g, b)
Add a new colour stop to a gradient (either linear or radial, it doesn't matter). The offset is a number from zero (the start of the line or the first circle of the gradient) to one (the end of the line or the second circle). The colour values must also be numbers from zero to one. The alpha level is set to fully transparent.
This will throw an exception if called on a pattern which isn't a gradient.
- pat:add_color_stop_rgba (offset, r, g, b, a)
pat:add_color_stop_rgb()above, but the alpha value can be set to less than one to give some transparency to the gradient. This can be used for gradients which fade away into nothing for example.
- pat:get_color_stops ()
Returns the color stops defined on a linear or radial gradient. Throws an exception if called on any other type of pattern.
The return value will be a table, an array with one entry per color stop. Each entry will be a table containing five numbers, in the following order: offset, red, green, blue, alpha.
- pat:get_extend ()
Return the current method of extending the pattern beyond its limits. The return value will be one of the strings accepted by the
- pat:get_filter ()
Return the current filter method, which will be one of the strings accepted by the
- pat:get_linear_points ()
Return the start and end points of a linear gradient as four numbers. Throws an exception if called on any other type of pattern.
- pat:get_matrix ()
Return the current transformation matrix used for the pattern. See lua-oocairo-matrix(3).
- pat:get_radial_circles ()
Return the start and end circles of a radial gradient as six numbers. Throws an exception if called on any other type of pattern.
- pat:get_rgba ()
Return the colour value and alpha level for a solid colour pattern. Throws an exception for any other type of pattern. The return values will be four numbers, in the following order: red, green, blue, alpha.
- pat:get_surface ()
Return the surface object (see lua-oocairo-surface(3)) used for a surface pattern. Throws an exception for any other kind of pattern.
- pat:get_type ()
Returns a string indicating what kind of pattern object this is. The return value will be one of the following:
- pat:set_extend (extendtype)
Set the way in which the pattern should be extended beyond its defined limits. The argument must be one of the following strings:
Everything outside the area defined by the pattern is fully transparent.
Pattern tiled by endlessly repeating it.
Pattern tiled by reflecting it at its edges.
Whatever is at the edge of the pattern is extended outwards.
- pat:set_filter (filtertype)
Set the filter method used for picking colours from the pattern when it is being used to render something. The argument must be one of the following strings:
Fast interpolation that is likely to be low quality in some cases (but probably OK for a smooth gradient).
Reasonably good quality interpolation.
The highest quality interpolation available, but likely very slow.
Pick colour of nearest pixel.
Interpolate between pixels.
Gaussian blur, but this isn't implemented yet.
- pat:set_matrix (matrix)
Set the transformation matrix used for the pattern, as a table of six numbers. See lua-oocairo-matrix(3).