A sample highlighting QGraphicsEffect

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While learning Qt, I wrote this sample highlighting graphics effect to be used with rectangular QGraphicsPixmapItem. ..and I use this post just to learn how to publish a wiki page here too.. ;-)

highlight.h

//*'

  1. ifndef HIGHLIGHT_H
  2. define HIGHLIGHT_H
  1. include <QtGui>

//*'

class HighlightEffect : public QGraphicsEffect {

Q_OBJECT
Q_PROPERTY( QColor color READ color WRITE setColor )
Q_PROPERTY( QPointF offset READ offset WRITE setOffset )

public:

HighlightEffect( qreal offset = 1.5 );
virtual QRectF boundingRectFor( const QRectF &amp;sourceRect; ) const;
QColor color() const { return mColor;}
void setColor( QColor &amp;color; ) { mColor = color;}
QPointF offset() const { return mOffset;}
void setOffset( QPointF offset ) { mOffset = offset;}

protected:

virtual void draw( QPainter *painter ); // , QGraphicsEffectSource source );

private:

QColor mColor;
QPointF mOffset;

};

//

  1. endif // HIGHLIGHT_H

//*'

highlight.cpp

//*'

  1. include "highlight.h"

//*'

HighlightEffect::HighlightEffect( qreal offset ) : QGraphicsEffect(),

mColor( 255, 255, 0, 128 ), // yellow, semi-transparent
mOffset( offset, offset )

{ }

QRectF HighlightEffect::boundingRectFor( const QRectF &amp;sourceRect; ) const {

return sourceRect.adjusted( -mOffset.x(), -mOffset.y(), mOffset.x(), mOffset.y() );

}

void HighlightEffect::draw( QPainter painter ) {

QPoint offset;
QPixmap pixmap;

// if ( sourceIsPixmap() ) // doesn't seems to work, return false

{
// No point in drawing in device coordinates (pixmap will be scaled anyways).
pixmap = sourcePixmap( Qt::LogicalCoordinates, &amp;offset; ); //, mode );
} 
QRectF bound = boundingRectFor( pixmap.rect() );
painter->save();
painter->setPen( Qt::NoPen );
painter->setBrush( mColor );
QPointF p( offset.x()-mOffset.x(), offset.y()-mOffset.y() );
bound.moveTopLeft( p );
painter->drawRoundedRect( bound, 5, 5, Qt::RelativeSize );
painter->drawPixmap( offset, pixmap );
painter->restore();

}

//

The strange thing in the implementation is that the sourceIsPixmap() function returns always false, even if the documentation states that "Returns true if the source effectively is a pixmap, e.g., a QGraphicsPixmapItem." I ask to Qt gurus what can be going on here…

The default color is pale yellow, semi-transparent and the border size is set to 1.5. To add the effect simply add this:

Pixmap *item = new Pixmap(kineticPix);
.
.
HighlightEffect *effect = new HighlightEffect();
item->setGraphicsEffect( effect );

Here the modified animated tiles example with the effect turned on:

Animated tiles example with QGraphicsPixmapItem highlighting

Hope someone found this useful.