The `Bezier`

class draws a bezier curve.

A bezier curve is based on 4 control points, `a`

, `b`

, `c`

and `d`

. The curve starts at point `a`

and ends at point `d`

. The points `b`

and `c`

are called the *handles*, and they control the shape of the curve.

There is a bezier curves tutorial on PythonInformer that covers this in a lot more detail.

The `Bezier`

class inherits `add`

, `fill`

, `stroke`

, `fill_stroke`

, `path`

, `clip`

and other methods from Shape.

It has additional methods:

- of_abcd
- of_bcd

Creates a line based on the 4 control points.

of_abcd(a, b, c, d)

Parameter | Type | Description |
---|---|---|

a | (number, number) | A tuple of two numbers, giving the (x, y) position of the start of the curve. |

b | (number, number) | A tuple of two numbers, giving the (x, y) position of the first handle. |

c | (number, number) | A tuple of two numbers, giving the (x, y) position of the second handle. |

d | (number, number) | A tuple of two numbers, giving the (x, y) position of the end of the curve. |

Creates a line based on the handles and end point only.

of_bcd(b, c, d)

Parameter | Type | Description |
---|---|---|

b | (number, number) | A tuple of two numbers, giving the (x, y) position of the first handle. |

c | (number, number) | A tuple of two numbers, giving the (x, y) position of the second handle. |

d | (number, number) | A tuple of two numbers, giving the (x, y) position of the end of the curve. |

This method creates a curve by specifying the handles and end point only. The start point is set to a value of `(0, 0)`

.

This is mainly intended for use in composite paths, where lines are joined one after the other. Each line takes its start point as the previous lines end point. See the composite paths tutorial.

Here is some example code that draws a curve using the class. The full code can be found on github.

from generativepy.drawing import make_image, setup from generativepy.color import Color from generativepy.geometry import Bezier, Polygon ''' Create bezier curve using the geometry module. ''' def draw(ctx, width, height, frame_no, frame_count): setup(ctx, width, height, width=5, background=Color(0.8)) # Bezier objects can only be stroked as they do not contain an area. Bezier(ctx).of_abcd((1, 1.5), (3, 0.5), (2, 2.5), (4, 1.5)).stroke(Color('darkgreen'), 0.1) # Create a polygon with a bezier side Polygon(ctx).of_points([(1, 4.5), (1, 2.5), (2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 2.5), (4, 4.5)]).fill(Color('red')).stroke(Color('blue'), 0.05) make_image("/tmp/geometry-bezier.png", draw, 500, 500)

Here is the image it creates:

The top curve is created using the `Bezier`

class.

The bottom shape is created using the `Polygon`

class described here.

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