And sorry for double-posting...It's years of frustration and waiting that's compelling me to desperately get an answer here.
Thanks for all who are even willing to try and help because I've asked for some tips about this on countless other sites like this and no one has actually helped. I know my question is very shifty, there's no one-way to answer it, but I'd like to know how to exactly draw image files to a window in focus.
I tried downloading libraries that supposedly do that, but I always and I mean always fail to link them to the compiler/linker so I don't bother with stuff like that any more.
I've been trying for months and still can't link any thing with the linker/compiler I have.
So, I have nothing left but OS-dependent APIs, like Windows API, which, in turn, usually doesn't have to be linked to the C++ file if you work in a Windows API development environment.
I know you're going to tell me "size", "bits", all that stuff, but, to be honest, that doesn't tell me exactly what to do.
Codes alone don't make it clear to me, and I've been looking for a clear answer on how to do this for at least 3 years now and nothing. Not even tutorials have helped.
I just need some one willing to explain the progress, how it works, how it needs to be done and how exactly the files get loaded through those code, how they get to the window, etc.
I'd also like to add that I don't learn like most people do....I'm very strange when it comes to learning, and the simplest of methods might appear harder than the most complicating ones, at times.