Ever wondered how to double buffer with a Graphics object so your GDI+ based game/control doesn't flicker annoyingly? Me too. There's probably a built in method that's easier, but this is how I managed to get it to work smoothly, it's nice and simple and allows you to draw anywhere that offers up the normal
First, set up a bitmap to act as your backbuffer:
Bitmap BackBuffer = new Bitmap(this.ClientSize.Width,this.ClientSize.Height);
Graphics DrawingArea = Graphics.FromImage(BackBuffer);
Dim BackBuffer As New Bitmap(Me.ClientSize.Width,Me.ClientSize.Height)
Dim DrawingArea As Graphics = Graphics.FromImage(BackBuffer)
Next, you want to draw to your graphics object as normal, so
DrawingArea.Clear(Color.Black) and such.
Once you've completed drawing the object that you want to smoothly move, simply draw the pre-rendered bitmap over the top of the Graphics object you want to update:
Graphics Viewable = Me.CreateGraphics();
Viewable.DrawImageUnscaled(BackBuffer, 0, 0);
Dim Viewable As Graphics = Me.CreateGraphics()
Viewable.DrawImageUnscaled(BackBuffer, 0, 0)
You can also use other techniques to increase the performance, such as reusing the backbuffer by defining it in the class you're using it in - this means .NET won't need to recreate it repeatedly.
Updated: I have just noticed there's a Control.SetStyle method that automates double buffering in many situations where you are drawing to a control - place this in the forms initialisation:
this.SetStyle(ControlStyles.DoubleBuffer | ControlStyles.UserPaint | ControlStyles.AllPaintingInWmPaint, true);