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Two Pass Scaling using Filters

, 11 Dec 1999
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A smart way of scaling bitmaps
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    Sample Image - 2_pass_scaling.jpg

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    Unlike traditional scaling of images, where every n'th pixel is sampled and copied to the result image, this template provides much more accurate image scaling features.

    It takes a buffer of RGB values (as COLORREFs) and creates another buffer with new dimensions. The input / output buffers are sequential pixels (not compressed) compatible with the format used in 24-bit DIBs.

    The template is instantiated with a specific filter. The filter determines the quality of the output image. Different basic filters are supplied with this template and additional filters can be easily added.

    Major features:

    • Provides professional quality image scaling.
    • Code is optimized for image quality, not speed.
    • Supports various image filters:
      • Box filter.
      • Bilinear filter.
      • Gaussian filter.
      • Hamming filter.
      • Blackman filter.
      • ...New filters can be easily added.
    • Supports both magnification and minification.
    • Does not force aspect ratio limitations. e.g. an image can be magnified horizontally and minified vertically.
    • Supports 24-bit images. With little change can support other image formats / depths.
    • Template based - no need for libraries, DLLs etc. No linkage problems.

    How to use the scaling template:

    Assuming you have a non-compressed true-color 24-bit DIB in memory (the bits array is pointed by m_pBits), where the original bitmap width is m_dwWidth and height is m_dwHeight.

    Your code should look something like this:

    #include <2PassScale.h>
    void CMyDIB::ScaleTo (DWORD dwNewWidth, DWORD dwNewHeight)
    	C2PassScale <CBilinearFilter> ScaleEngine;
    	COLORREF *pOldBitmap = m_pBits;
    	m_pBits = ScaleEngine.AllocAndScale(m_pBits,
    	if (NULL == m_pBits)
    		// Handle errors here
    	m_dwWidth = dwNewWidth;
    	m_dwHeight = dwNewHeight;
    	delete pOldBitmap;
    // Alternatively, if you already have a pre-allocated destination buffer
    // in the new size you can call ScaleEngine.Scale (...) and give it that buffer
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    Eran Yariv

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    Comments and Discussions

    Question16-bit version? Pinmemberkennygoers8-Feb-07 6:13 
    GeneralSo close to what I needed Pinmemberwaldermort11-Sep-06 9:54 
    GeneralRe: So close to what I needed PinmemberTeashirt213-Sep-07 6:52 
    GeneralRe: So close to what I needed PinmemberWalderMort13-Sep-07 7:01 
    Wow, it's been a long time since I worked on this project.
    I did try out the scaling and rotations in Photoimpact and noticed the 'undesired' behaviour also. When I worked on this project it was a neccessity to scan for an exact coloref and not a range. As it happens, I modified the class slightly to leave that color untouched. In most cases this would cause anti-aliasing problems and leave jagged edges, but for what I was working on it was not a problem.

    Generalinteger division of 1 by 2 PinmemberKummerSurfer26-Feb-06 8:53 
    GeneralHere is HUGE speed improvement PinmemberJake Montgomery17-Jan-05 12:48 
    GeneralRe: Here is HUGE speed improvement PinmemberArlen Albert16-Mar-05 17:24 
    GeneralRe: Here is HUGE speed improvement PinmemberJake Montgomery17-Mar-05 9:04 
    GeneralRe: Here is HUGE speed improvement PinmemberArlen Albert18-Mar-05 5:14 
    GeneralRe: Here is HUGE speed improvement PinmemberGautam Jain13-May-06 8:34 

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