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he everyone! i have searched this forum and still can't find what i am looking for. is it possible using APi's to create different text effects. I found a few that were pretty poor but i have seen one on a screensaver which i HAD the source for. the text was blown out of a point like a bomb kind of thing. How would i go about creating cool effects with my opening text?. If this is not possible as a last resort could you point me in the direction of a freeware animation tool?




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Text Effects
Because I dont know how to create one by me, I am asking if you know some nice effects?

Thanks...

{ Effect: Doesnt matter }
{fade, writer, everything is cool }

Effects With DX
I am using DX7 and Direct Draw and I was just wondering what are neat effects DX7 can do? Can it do good spell effects, particle effects? Can it do lighting even though its not built in like its built into DX8? Anything else it can do cool?

Pic Effects
I Look For Some Effects to Run On Pictures Somthig Like
The Effects In The Power Point

Flying From Left , Speral .....
Is There Any Object Or Api Functions Wich Can Help ?

Image Effects
This is a trainer for a game. I didn't make it, but it has some really cool image effects.

Here's the image it starts with:
http://www.angelfire.com/ct3/counterist/pics/1.JPG

Then when you move your mouse over it:
http://www.angelfire.com/ct3/counterist/pics/2.JPG

Then it slowly spreads:
http://www.angelfire.com/ct3/counterist/pics/3.JPG

and it finally returns back to normal. Do anyone have any idea how to do this?

Mouse Over Effects
On the main menu of my program I have 8 different buttons. I would like an image to appear to the right of the menu and to change when the mouse rolls over each button. Can anyone point me in the right direction as to what I should do or where I should look to find a way to do this? So far I haven't had much luck.

Thanks for your help!!!

I Need Some Help With Graphics Effects
i'm using visual basic 6, and i have some problem with graphics effects.
first we will see the flip(mirror).
i have these code for mirror(i say mirror, but the right term is flip(i think)):


Code:
Public Sub Mirr(HDCPictureOrigem As PictureBox, HDCPictureDestino As PictureBox, Espelho As Espelho)
If Espelho = Normal Then Exit Sub
If Espelho = Horizontal Then
MirrorHorizontal HDCPictureOrigem, HDCPictureDestino
ElseIf Espelho = Vertical Then
MirrorVertical HDCPictureOrigem, HDCPictureDestino
ElseIf Espelho = VerticalHorizontal Then
MirrorVerticalHorizontal HDCPictureOrigem, HDCPictureDestino
End If
End Sub

Public Function MirrorHorizontal(HDCPictureOrigem As PictureBox, HDCPictureDestino As PictureBox)
HDCPictureDestino.Picture = LoadPicture("")
HDCPictureDestino.Cls
px = HDCPictureOrigem.ScaleWidth
py = HDCPictureOrigem.ScaleHeight
HDCPictureDestino.Width = HDCPictureOrigem.Width
HDCPictureDestino.Height = HDCPictureOrigem.Height
retval = StretchBlt(HDCPictureDestino.hdc, px, 0, -px, py, _
HDCPictureOrigem.hdc, 0, 0, px, py, SRCCOPY)
End Function

Public Function MirrorVertical(HDCPictureOrigem As PictureBox, HDCPictureDestino As PictureBox)
HDCPictureDestino.Picture = LoadPicture("")
HDCPictureDestino.Cls
px = HDCPictureOrigem.Width
py = HDCPictureOrigem.Height
HDCPictureDestino.Width = HDCPictureOrigem.Width
HDCPictureDestino.Height = HDCPictureOrigem.Height
retval = StretchBlt(HDCPictureDestino.hdc, 0, py, px, -py, _
HDCPictureOrigem.hdc, 0, 0, px, py, SRCCOPY)
End Function

Public Function MirrorVerticalHorizontal(HDCPictureOrigem As PictureBox, HDCPictureDestino As PictureBox)
HDCPictureDestino.Picture = LoadPicture("")
HDCPictureDestino.Cls
px = HDCPictureOrigem.Width
py = HDCPictureOrigem.Height
HDCPictureDestino.Width = HDCPictureOrigem.Width
HDCPictureDestino.Height = HDCPictureOrigem.Height
retval = StretchBlt(HDCPictureDestino.hdc, px, py, -px, -py, _
HDCPictureOrigem.hdc, 0, 0, px, py, SRCCOPY)
End Function
and i have these method for call the mirr(the main function for mirror) function:

Code:
Public Sub GraphicMirror(Mirror As Espelho)
Dim i As Integer
tmrAnimation.Enabled = False
For i = 0 To PicAnimation.Count - 1
If i = 0 And Strip.Activate = True Then i = 1
Call Mirr(PicAnimation(i), picGraphicsEffects, Mirror)
PicAnimation(i).Picture = picGraphicsEffects.Image
Next i
tmrAnimation.Enabled = True
End Sub
for the animator gif files is working but for other images is ignored, can anyone help me resolve these problem?
thanks
PS: some words are in portuguese(my language), but if is need i can change it.

Sound Effects
Hi

Iam new to directx programming what I am trying to do is to read sound from the soundcard input/s. Then to add effects to the sound (echo, distortion) then to play it back real time. Like a guitar effect pedal. I heard there were effects built in to directx 8. Would the computer be able to handle the load without lag? If anyone has any info it would help me greatly.

Thanx

Pixelation Effects
Are there any effects I can use on 2d objects to create better flowing, and smoother looking textures? Basically, is there any way to use filters on 2D objects? I'm not using a camera matrix, so yea...

My Effects Engin :)
Well... after A few days of non stop programming, I have Near Completed My "3D Effects Engin" its a very flexable engin, that is capable of creating Lense flair effects, Fire effects, Electirc effects,Rain Effects... pritty much whatever u can imagin and the best thing is, its a real treat for the eyes (Its Pretty to look at )... it can be very slow if its not used right, but if u know what ur doing, u can use alot of effects, and still get a decent framerate... on my AMD 2.8Ghz, with 215Meg DDR, and a GForce FX 5200 (128Meg), I can render 3200 particles and still get 30fps... I have attached a screen shot of the Engin in action, If ur interested in the engin, let me know, and i might share :P...

Sound Effects?
How do I go about importing sound effects into my programs?
If you know, please let me know, thanks ;-)

Sound Effects
I am curious to know if anyone has any specific sites they use to get sound effects for your games. I am looking for a couple of specific sounds and a couple other ones that aren't so specific.

Thanks,
Orbity

Special Effects
Hi folks,

I have a few questions about special effects

1: How can i make a sort of light sphere like the cannon in Unreal Tournament (the green balls)?

2: Do they use sprites for the greenlightbeam of the same weapon?

3: How is water being done? like waterfalls etc?

4: 3dimensional explosions how do they work? i have read the DirectX4vb.com tutorial on explosion but i was wondering if that was the best way or if there are better ways.

5: How do RPG's do there magic stuff, like lightning?

6: How is a power barrier made? i mean like some sort of shield(like the ones that protect city's etc?

thanks in advance

Strange Effects
I'm making this game and it is very well going it's way the first level is almost done

however for some reason when i turn with great speed, the pictures and object and stuff aren't anymore where they suppose to be,

for example: I have this prisonbars made through a plane with a textuer with transparent black but when i turn with great speed, pieces of the bar sometimes are moved to the space between bars.
why is this?

PS i don't have the FPS to be the same as my screen Refreshment rate

How Do You Do The 'glowing' Effects?
Because I was told by a tutorial that you cant go above 8 dynamic lights but I am sure I've played games that have had many light effects on the screen at once. So I presume that this is a different technique?

Anyone want to enlighten me?

Special Effects
I've been thinking about how to do some warpping and other effects on the screen. I did some cheap warpping but gettin the backbuff image in DD and then blting it to a texture DDS and then put the TextureDDS on a polygon. Then do some size and texture altering to get some "somewhat" desired effects. But i want know if there's a way to make the overall image do stuff...like turn black and white...warp around complete...maybe without using Polygons. Burr effects? Thanks for your help. If u think u can just point me in the right direction..that'll be good enough too. So please help me anyways u can if u dont' mind...thanks.

Movement Effects
Hi,
I'm designing a VBA game using Userforms through Excel. I'm pretty pleased with the progress I am making, however, to add a little excitement to the game, I'm interested in making some effects such as images shaking for example.
What I'm in need of is a way to make the code run slowly, for example I could have six lines of code, each would move my image to a different location. Run at normal speed, you would only see the effect of the last line of code. If I could run the code slowly though, you could see all six movements, effectively shaking the image.
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Fonts Effects
Good day !

I was wondering if there was a way to aplly fonts effects (such as the ones you can do with Photoshop (i.e shadowed)) directly throughout VB ?

Many thanks

Form Effects
I have just written a small snippet (in VB6) of what I am trying to accomplish and have found that it does what I want with a small glitch...What I want to be able to do is slide open a form to give it the swipe effect...I got that working but now when the form closes I would like it to slide closed to give it the same effect...When I close the form it slides from right to left shrinking until the width is 0 but it leaves behind a black square until the process is complete and then the black box disappears...Here is the (hacked up) process I used to get where I am...Create 2 forms (Form1 and Form2) with 2 command buttons on Form1 (Command1 and Command2) and place this code under Form1

Code:
Private Sub Command1_Click()
Dim formW As Integer
Dim a As Integer
formW = 4710
a = 0
c = 0
Form2.Width = 0
Form2.Show
For b = a To formW * 2
c = c + 0.5
Form2.Width = c
Form2.Refresh
Next b
End Sub
Private Sub Command2_Click()
Dim formW As Integer
Dim a As Integer
formW = 4710
a = 0
c = Form2.Width
Form2.Width = 0
Form2.Show
For b = a To formW * 2
c = c - 0.5
Form2.Width = c
Form2.Refresh
Next b
End Sub
Edit: added VB tags
If you know of a better way of doing this I am always open to suggestions...Thanx for your time and I hope to hear from you soon

Translucent Effects
are translucent effects possible and if so, how?

Particle Effects C++ Dll
Well, I didnt really know where to post this so I will post it here. My friend Machaira at BreakAway games gave me a dll written in C++ but can be used in VB apps allowing for speed. There was a thread going on another forum discussing ways to do particle effects and such in vb games without DX 8. Machaira showed us this and said even though the example was just an alpha blending sample, this could be used to make much faster particle effects (and im guessing lighting effects) engines for games or apps or anything.

I am writing a RPG in VB using DX 7 and I found this very intruging because maybe with this dll, we can enter a very limited realm of some of the eye candies the big boys using DX 8 possess. I really have no clue how to get this into particle effects and lighting engines but I figured some of you may know or be able to figure it out. If you find out anything, please tell me but for now, here it is. I hope it helps all of you as much as it sounds like it will help me

Form Effects
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HTML Effects
I want to know whether it is possible to make effects just like HTML text box does, using VB. For example, when we log into our email account (like hotmail), if the id is already present in the Cookies, when we start typing our id in the text box the ids are shown in a list like thing, for us to select one of those ids. I hope u people understand what i said above. Iam not that good at explaining.

I want to know whether there is any special control for that purpose or whether we can obtain that effect in normal text box itself?

Thanks

VB Side Effects
i started a game in vb using DX8. i sent it to a friend to try on his computer because he had a 3d video card plus the game writes output of info about hardware and display modes n usefull stuff. the thing is when he ran the program it restarted his computer.. i have no idea what happened, i was woundering if anyone had an idea. i know this isnt the exact place to post this but ... come on there are 2 post in the DX forum the chances of geting an answer seem slim there.

Audio Effects
Hey all, I have plugged my guitar into my microphone socket and i was wondering if it was possible to write a program that has audio effects such as reverb, bass, ect.

I am trying to make something like a Line 6 Pod for the computer.

Thanks

Ripple Effects
I was wondoring how you add a ripple effect to your splash screen like other programs (Creative EAX Loadscreen, Red alert 2 Trainers, Cheat Programs.) If anyone knows how to do this, please post, or if anyone can point me in the right direction.
/iperchief

Sound Effects With The API?
Can someone help me with the MCI? I'm making a game, but I don't know how to play two sounds at once. I've tried everything I know and can't find anything on the subject.

Sound Effects
Hey guys I am looking for some FREE sound effects I can put in my chat room app, just anything to alert users of a new person joining the room or sending a message.

I would like to use the TADA that comes with windows, but that would be illegal right?

Mouseover Effects
in my project i use some images as buttons..
when the mouse hovers over the buttons, how can i get it to change the image and when the mouse i not hovered over it to go back to the normal image?

Rollover Effects
I am trying to simulate the outlook xp left-hand menu buttons. I have the rollover gradient colors working correctly, using BitBlt and drawing on the pictureboxes (buttons), BUT...in order to accomplish this, I have to draw on the buttons in the mousemove events. The problem here is that by drawing on the buttons, I "hide" my label that I have placed on the button...it is essentially drawing over my label...I've tried z-orders and refreshes, but nothing works. Any ideas?!?! Fairly urgent! Thank you very much!!!

Form Effects
Is there any good examples of adding effects to your forms? Such as pixelation in and out etc, basically like how MS Powerpoint handles such effects.

Thanks

MP3 With Visual Effects
Does anyone know of a good mp3 activex that inclides visual effects? I looked at the one by swiftsoft but it messes up if your doing other things on the computer while it plays.

Thanks!

Winamp DSP Effects In VB?
I was wondering if it was actually possible to use winamps dsp effects in vb if so how could it be done. Or maybe someone could tell me of a place where i could find out how to do it. If not does someone know how the same effect as a winamp dsp could be achieved in vb.

Thanks in advance.

Form Effects
I have just written a small snippet (in VB6) of what I am trying to accomplish and have found that it does what I want with a small glitch...What I want to be able to do is slide open a form to give it the swipe effect...I got that working but now when the form closes I would like it to slide closed to give it the same effect...When I close the form it slides from right to left shrinking until the width is 0 but it leaves behind a black square until the process is complete and then the black box disappears...Here is the (hacked up) process I used to get where I am...Create 2 forms (Form1 and Form2) with 2 command buttons on Form1 (Command1 and Command2) and place this code under Form1
Private Sub Command1_Click()
Dim formW As Integer
Dim a As Integer
formW = 4710
a = 0
c = 0
Form2.Width = 0
Form2.Show
For b = a To formW * 2
c = c + 0.5
Form2.Width = c
Form2.Refresh
Next b
End Sub
Private Sub Command2_Click()
Dim formW As Integer
Dim a As Integer
formW = 4710
a = 0
c = Form2.Width
Form2.Width = 0
Form2.Show
For b = a To formW * 2
c = c - 0.5
Form2.Width = c
Form2.Refresh
Next b
End Sub
If you know of a better way of doing this I am always open to suggestions...Thanx for your time and I hope to hear from you soon

Mouse Over Effects
anyone know of any good mouseover controls or code..to create a mouse over effect for my command buttons?

Sound Effects
Hi guys,

I'm making up a pong game and I'm having trouble with the sounds. I want to be able to play a sound everytime the ball hits a wall. I'm using the following code:

If BallX < 0 Then
BallX = 0
BallXDir = 1
RtnValue = sndPlaySound(Bounce, SND_ASYNC Or SND_MEMORY)

The sound has been stored here:

Dim Buffer As String
Dim F As Integer
Dim SoundBuffer As String
On Error GoTo NoiseGet_Error
Buffer = Space(1024)
SoundBuffer = ""
F = FreeFile
Open FileName For Binary As F
Do While Not EOF(F)
Get #F, , Buffer
SoundBuffer = SoundBuffer & Buffer
Loop
Close F
StoreSound = Trim(SoundBuffer)
Exit Function
NoiseGet_Error:
SoundBuffer = ""
Exit Function

And in the form load:
Bounce = StoreSound(App.Path + "Bounce.wav")

I think I've declared everything I should:

Private Declare Function sndPlaySound Lib "winmm.dll" Alias "sndPlaySoundA" (ByVal lpszSoundName As String, ByVal uFlags As Long) As Long
Private Const SND_ASYNC = &H1
Private Const SND_SYNC = &H0
Private Const SND_MEMORY = &H4


But the sound won't play. Can you see where I might have gone wrong? Maybe I left something out.

Thanks.

Exit Effects
How do you make those exit effects where when they close the program it moves all over the screen. I just want mine to scroll down off the screen

Window Effects
Any one know where i can get some code on window effects like

have the window fade in/out
popup for too tips
Easy Skins(tryed ActiveSkins little to hard for me for (now)
and anyother effect you can think off would be helpfull

Effects Component?
Hi,

I want to build myself a screen saver that will allow me to provide many different screen effects, such as explosions, zooms, fades, randomly moving pictures around the screen, etc..

Does anyone know of any comerical components out there that makes this easy?

Thanks,

Dan

Visual Effects
How do I make those visual effects like winamp has? You know those things that moove and groove to the music while it plays. Not the skins...

Visual Effects
How would I make visual effects like winamp has?

Sound Effects
How can I change the volume, bass and the treble that
comes out of the PC through a code?

Mouse Over Effects
Hi Everyone,
I was just wondering if someone knew how to make a label text change colour when the mouse pointer is over it.
i want to make these instead of having command buttons on my form.

Thankyou........... BlueCode

Visual Effects...
Anyone knows where can i find example/ explanation on how to create visual effects on the form (like form "breaks" into 100 small squares and they randomly start to dissapear, or maybe even form kind of starts to blend together with background until it kind of becomes the background so you can't see it anymore)

Any Visual Effects examples would be greately appreciated.

Thank You
~~Andy

Programs and requests for them for FREE.
http://falstok.fly.to

Sound Effects
Is there a way to create a custom sound in VB? Aside from the Beep statement, how will I create a custom sound if, for instance, I'd like to accompany the showing of an error message with a sound? Other languages have this command/code. Clipper, for instance, has Tone(). Thanks in advance.

Form Effects
Does anyone know how apps such as yamp and neoplanet implement the "skin" look?

By skin I mean making the titlebar and window have a customized look to it.

Form Load Effects
Hi, I found a scrap of code from an I-forgot-where site that gives a very good loading/unloading effects. it works perfectly. But then, I seem to have problems...

I set a form's startupposition to centerscreen at design mode and put this line on the Form_Load of the form:


Code:
Private Sub Form_Load()
Call ExplodeForm(Me, 5000)
End Sub
And then, when i run the program, the explosion happens on the very top, left corner of the screen and the form appears on the center after the explosion. the explosion should have started on the center of the screen just like that of the form. tnx in advance.

P.S. All credits (whether good or bad) should be given to Carl Slutter, author of the code

Effects On TIFF Image Using GDI+
Dear All

How can we add Image Effects on a tiff file using GDI+ type library. Effects Like Alpha Blending , Sharpen, Emboss etc.How can we Zoom In and out using GDI+. Thanks A million

Osman Ishaque

Mouse Over Effects On A Label ?
I've had a look around here and tried the code examples for creating mouse over effects, I put my label inside a pic control and it works kinda !? well basically its fine as long as I leave a big border area around my label inside the picture control, otherwise if I make my picture box small, it doesn't always register an event has occured, but this is ugly as I now have to space items so far apart (I want to place several "Links" on my form), does anyone know a better way or a more direct method to deal with labels ?

Transparency, Effects, Graphics
Look on this:
http://perso.wanadoo.fr/vbfrood/deutsch/procs.htm

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