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The CreatePatternBrush function creates a logical brush with the specified bitmap pattern. The bitmap cannot be a DIB section bitmap, which is created by the CreateDIBSection function.

HBRUSH CreatePatternBrush(

    HBITMAP hbmp 

// handle to bitmap



Identifies the bitmap to be used to create the logical brush.

Windows 95: Creating brushes from bitmaps or DIBs larger than 8x8 pixels is not supported. If a larger bitmap is specified, only a portion of the bitmap is used.

Return Values

If the function succeeds, the return value identifies a logical brush.

If the function fails, the return value is NULL. To get extended error information, call GetLastError.


A pattern brush is a bitmap that Windows uses to paint the interiors of filled shapes.

After an application creates a brush by calling CreatePatternBrush, it can select that brush into any device context by calling the SelectObject function.

You can delete a pattern brush without affecting the associated bitmap by using the DeleteObject function. Therefore, you can then use this bitmap to create any number of pattern brushes.

A brush created by using a monochrome (1 bit per pixel) bitmap has the text and background colors of the device context to which it is drawn. Pixels represented by a 0 bit are drawn with the current text color; pixels represented by a 1 bit are drawn with the current background color.

The bitmap identified by hbmp cannot be a DIB section, which is a bitmap created by the CreateDIBSection function. If the bitmap is a DIB section, the CreatePatternBrush function fails.

See Also

CreateBitmap, CreateBitmapIndirect, CreateCompatibleBitmap, CreateDIBPatternBrush, CreateDIBPatternBrushPt, CreateDIBSection, CreateHatchBrush, DeleteObject, GetBrushOrgEx, LoadBitmap, SelectObject, SetBrushOrgEx

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