Bug 7147 - BufferedGraphics, TextRenderer.DrawText and antialias
Summary: BufferedGraphics, TextRenderer.DrawText and antialias
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: Class Libraries
Classification: Mono
Component: Windows.Forms ()
Version: 2.10.x
Hardware: PC Windows
: Lowest normal
Target Milestone: Community
Assignee: Bugzilla
Depends on:
Reported: 2012-09-13 11:16 UTC by xanatos
Modified: 2017-09-01 11:56 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

Tags: mono-community
Is this bug a regression?: ---
Last known good build:

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Description xanatos 2012-09-13 11:16:18 UTC
On .NET BufferedGraphics + TextRenderer.DrawText does antialias, on Mono it doesn't. This probably because on Mono BG is based on the Bitmap class, and on Bitmap both in Mono and .NET TextRenderer.DrawText doesn't antialias with the existing background. 

Sample code:

    public class Form1 : Form
        public Form1()
            this.ShowIcon = false;
            this.FormBorderStyle = System.Windows.Forms.FormBorderStyle.None;
            this.Paint += new PaintEventHandler(Form1_Paint);
            this.Resize += new EventHandler(Form1_Resize);

        private void Form1_Paint(object sender, PaintEventArgs e)
            int width = this.ClientSize.Width;
            int height1 = this.ClientSize.Height / 2;

            using (var bf = BufferedGraphicsManager.Current.Allocate(e.Graphics, new Rectangle(0, 0, width, height1)))
                DrawText(bf.Graphics, width, height1);

            using (var bm = new Bitmap(width, height1, e.Graphics))
                DrawText(Graphics.FromImage(bm), width, height1);
                e.Graphics.DrawImageUnscaled(bm, new Point(0, height1));

        private void DrawText(Graphics graphics, int width, int height)
            using (var br = new SolidBrush(Color.Red))
                graphics.FillRectangle(br, new Rectangle(0, 0, width, height));

            using (var br2 = new SolidBrush(Color.White))
                graphics.DrawString("Two", this.Font, br2, new Point(0, 0));

            TextRenderer.DrawText(graphics, "Two", this.Font, new Point(0, 14), Color.White);

            TextRenderer.DrawText(graphics, "Two", this.Font, new Point(0, 28), Color.White, Color.Red);

        private void Form1_Resize(object sender, EventArgs e)

    static class Program
        static void Main()
            Application.Run(new Form1());

There are two "groups" of strings:

First group written on a BufferedGraphics, second group written on a Bitmap (and then copied on the window). Each group has three lines of text: Graphics.DrawString, TextRenderer.DrawText (without hint on the background color), TextRenderer.DrawText (with hint on the background color).

On .NET the only wrongly antialiased string is the Bitmap + without hint. On Mono both the BG + no hint and the Bitmap + no hint are wrongly antialiased.