#239 – Creating a Custom Shape by Overriding the Shape Class

If you need a specialized shape that you can’t use any of the Shape subclasses to draw, you can create your own custom class that inherits from Shape.

You define the shape to be drawn by overriding the Shape.DefiningGeometry property.  In the get accessor, you create and return an instance of a Geometry.  In the example below, we create a new Geometry and then use the StreamGeometryContext to draw the geometry.

    public class MyWeirdShape : Shape
    {
        protected override Geometry DefiningGeometry
        {
            get { return GenerateMyWeirdGeometry(); }
        }

        private Geometry GenerateMyWeirdGeometry()
        {
            StreamGeometry geom = new StreamGeometry();
            using (StreamGeometryContext gc = geom.Open())
            {
                // isFilled = false, isClosed = true
                gc.BeginFigure(new Point(50.0, 50.0), false, true);
                gc.ArcTo(new Point(75.0, 75.0), new Size(10.0, 20.0), 0.0, false, SweepDirection.Clockwise, true, true);
                gc.ArcTo(new Point(100.0, 100.0), new Size(10.0, 20.0), 0.0, false, SweepDirection.Clockwise, true, true);
            }

            return geom;
        }
    }

Using the new object in XAML:

	<StackPanel>
		<local:MyWeirdShape Height="150" Width="150" Stroke="Black" StrokeThickness="2"/>
	</StackPanel>

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