The controls and their templates are made up of panels, shapes, and other controls, which are ultimately made up of other panels and shapes. You use the brushes to paint those controls as well as the text that’s so prevalent in Windows 8 apps. Brushes and colors are commonly stored as resources in the application or in standard resource dictionary files. In this article, based on chapter 7 of Windows Store App Development, author Pete Brown explains resource management.

Windows Store App Development: Resources (PDF)