What is a 'Pattern Brush'?
A pattern brush is a special type of brush in GDI that tiles a pattern when you draw with it. This can be used to draw patterns (as the name implies) or to tile images (which is a lot simpler than manually tiling images).
How to create and use a Pattern Brush
Here's the code:
Dim p As StdPicture Dim hPatBrush As Long Dim r As RECT Dim pt As POINTAPI '-- Load the picture/pattern you want to tile Set p = LoadPicture(Your File Name Here) '-- Create the pattern brush from the bitmap hPatBrush = CreatePatternBrush(p.Handle) SetRect r, 0, 0, Me.ScaleWidth \ Screen.TwipsPerPixelX, Me.ScaleHeight \ Screen.TwipsPerPixelY '-- Must SetBrushOrgEx to (0, 0) to avoid it drawing away from the form's edge (duh!) SetBrushOrgEx Me.hdc, 0, 0, pt '-- Fill the rect with the brush FillRect Me.hdc, r, hPatBrush '-- Clean up DeleteObject hPatBrush Set p = Nothing
Pretty much self explanatory...