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C++ Graphics – 05 – Ellipse program by Midpoint Algorithm

December 5, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Ellipse Program by Midpoint Algorithm.

Similarly to the Circle Midpoint algorithm this algorithm also draws all eight octants simultaneously, starting from each cardinal direction (0°, 90°, 180°, 270°) and extends both ways to reach the nearest multiple of 45° (45°, 135°, 225°, 315°).

#include <graphics.h>
#include <conio.h>
#include <dos.h>

void ellipsePoint(int x, int y){
	putpixel(x+320, y+240, WHITE);
	putpixel(y+320, x+240, WHITE);
	putpixel(y+320, -x+240, WHITE);
	putpixel(x+320, -y+240, WHITE);
	putpixel(-x+320, -y+240, WHITE);
	putpixel(-y+320, -x+240, WHITE);
	putpixel(-y+320, x+240, WHITE);
	putpixel(-x+320, y+240, WHITE);

void ellipseMidPoint(int a, int b){
	double d2;
	int x=0;
	int y=b;
	double d1 = b*b-(a*a*b)+(0.25*a*a);
	ellipsePoint(x, y);
	while( (a*a*(y-0.5)) > (b*b*(x+1)) ){
		if(d1 < 0)
			d1 += b*b*(2*x+3);
			d1 += b*b*(2*x+3)+a*a*(-2*y+2);
		ellipsePoint(x, y);
	d2 = b*b*(x+0.5)*(x+0.5)+a*a*(y-1)*(y-1)-a*a*b*b;
	while(y > 0){
		if(d2 < 0){
			d2 += b*b*(2*x+2)+a*a*(-2*y+3);
			d2 += a*a*(-2*y+3);
		ellipsePoint(x, y);

void main(){
	int gd=DETECT, gm;
	initgraph(&gd, &gm, "e:\\tc\\");
	ellipseMidPoint(100, 200);

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