Friday, September 24, 2010

understanding drawBitmapMesh on android

The Canvas.drawBitmapMesh method on android is a like a mystery to me while I looked at the BitmapMesh sample. Though I tried to get some hints from the official document, it didn't help much. After played it with several tests, I got some ideas about how it worked.

A metaphor

The effect of drawBitmapMesh can be thought as pinching a point of an elastic canvas, and pull it to another point. The distorted image is very similar to what we shall get through drawBitmapMesh. Like the figures below show.

How the mesh affects the bitmap
The bitmap to be drawn is divided into equal size blocks. And the division is defined by the mesh, which is a float array. The array defines the lines that divide the bitmap. To have a division of W*H blocks, there needs to be (W+1)*(H+1) lines. These lines intersect at (W+1)*(H+1) points. Every two consecutive elements in the array corresponds to the x coordinate and y coordinate of an intersection. So, the mesh array comprises of 2*(W+1)*(H*1) elements. Given the bitmap's size is known, the drawing engine can find out the x and y coordinates of intersections by dividing the width or height of the image to W or H, respectively. So, if the x and y coordinates of an intersection supplied in the mesh doesn't equal to its intact values, the drawing engine will "pinch and pull" the intersection from its original location to the location we define.
Keep in mind that for a intersection that deviates its original location, only those four blocks that around it will be affected. All other blocks that are more than one blocks away from the intersection will remain intact.


Mark said...

Thank you, very helpful

oeuia said...

Thank you very much! This helps me a lot :-)

Nikolay Atanasov said...

Thank you very much! It is very useful

Anonymous said...

Thanks, this was confusing me too earlier :)

Unknown said...

thank you very much.this post gives me some insight : )