I am going to work on a small project implementing the Top Trumps card game to test my knowledge so far. I am still fairly new to C++. What I want to do is add basic graphics showing the actual cards. I've never used any graphic libraries, etc. Which would be the best to research to work on this?
If you want to learn the intricacies of actual graphics programming, either learn DirectX or OpenGL. Otherwise, find a framework that incorporates either API and use that to render your cards. Something like Ogre3D.
If you just want to draw some cards then there are far easier ways . . . .
I'd suggest looking into ncurses, if you can bear text-based graphics (there's a variant called pdcurses that works well on windows). If you really want actual graphics, a very nice library to use is the SDL (here's a great tutorial: Lazy Foo' Productions).
There are others, of course, but the SDL would be my suggestion.
Thanks for the suggestions. I will take a look into them.