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(This function is part of SDL_ttf, a separate library from SDL.)


Render UTF-8 text at high quality to a new 8-bit surface.


SDL_Surface * TTF_RenderUTF8_Shaded(TTF_Font *font,
                const char *text, SDL_Color fg, SDL_Color bg);

Function Parameters

font the font to render with.
text text to render, in UTF-8 encoding.
fg the foreground color for the text.
bg the background color for the text.

Return Value

Returns a new 8-bit, palettized surface, or NULL if there was an error.


This function will allocate a new 8-bit, palettized surface. The surface's 0 pixel will be the specified background color, while other pixels have varying degrees of the foreground color. This function returns the new surface, or NULL if there was an error.

This will not word-wrap the string; you'll get a surface with a single line of text, as long as the string requires. You can use TTF_RenderUTF8_Shaded_Wrapped() instead if you need to wrap the output to multiple lines.

This will not wrap on newline characters.

You can render at other quality levels with TTF_RenderUTF8_Solid, TTF_RenderUTF8_Blended, and TTF_RenderUTF8_LCD.


This function is available since SDL_ttf 3.0.0.


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