Title: Draw hollow text in C#
When the form loads, it sets ResizeRedraw to true so the form automatically repaints itself whenever it is resized.
// Redraw on resize.
private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
this.ResizeRedraw = true;
Strangely enough, you can't set ResizeRedraw at design time. You can only set it in code.
The form's Paint event handler draws the hollow text.
private void Form1_Paint(object sender, PaintEventArgs e)
// Make things smoother.
e.Graphics.SmoothingMode = SmoothingMode.AntiAlias;
// Create the text path.
GraphicsPath path = new GraphicsPath(FillMode.Alternate);
// Draw text using a StringFormat to center it on the form.
using (FontFamily font_family =
new FontFamily("Times New Roman"))
using (StringFormat sf = new StringFormat())
sf.Alignment = StringAlignment.Center;
sf.LineAlignment = StringAlignment.Center;
path.AddString("Hollow Text", font_family,
// Fill and draw the path.
using (Pen pen = new Pen(Color.Black, 3))
The code starts by setting SmoothingMode to AntiAlias to get smoother curves. It then makes a GraphicsPath object and adds text to it. It uses a StringFormat object to center the text on the form's client area.
The code then fills the GraphicsPath with a blue brush and draws its outline with a thick black pen.
Download the example to experiment with it and to see additional details.