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An Easy Way to Resize an Image

, 9 Jun 2009
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This article will show you how to resize an image keeping with the best graphics quality.


This is the most common part to add an image / signature in any web/Windows applications. This article will show you how to resize an image keeping with the best graphics quality.


Most of the time, developers face various problems when they resize an image runtime. In this article, I try to resize an image runtime with keeping the best graphics quality.

Using the Code 

Here I write a function to resize an image (i.e., “ImageResize”), this function has four input parameters that are:

  1. strImageSrcPath: A string that contains the image source file path
  2. strImageDesPath: A string that contains the destination file path
  3. intWidth: An integer value for the new image width
  4. intHeight : An integer value for the new image Height

After successfully calling the function with the valid input values, it will resize and store the image into your given destination path and return the full path to show the new resized image. Here I use .NET framework 3.5 (System.Drawing,IO) namespaces. 

 Public Function ImageResize(ByVal strImageSrcPath As String _
                          , ByVal strImageDesPath As String _
                          , Optional ByVal intWidth As Integer = 0 _
                          , Optional ByVal intHeight As Integer = 0) As String

    If System.IO.File.Exists(strImageSrcPath) = False Then Exit Function

    Dim objImage As System.Drawing.Image = System.Drawing.Image.FromFile(strImageSrcPath)

    If intWidth > objImage.Width Then intWidth = objImage.Width
    If intHeight > objImage.Height Then intHeight = objImage.Height
    If intWidth = 0 And intHeight = 0 Then
        intWidth = objImage.Width
        intHeight = objImage.Height
    ElseIf intHeight = 0 And intWidth <> 0 Then
        intHeight = Fix(objImage.Height * intWidth / objImage.Width)
    ElseIf intWidth = 0 And intHeight <> 0 Then
        intWidth = Fix(objImage.Width * intHeight / objImage.Height)
    End If

    Dim imgOutput As New Bitmap(objImage, intWidth, intHeight)
    Dim imgFormat = objImage.RawFormat

    objImage = Nothing

    If strImageSrcPath = strImageDesPath Then System.IO.File.Delete(strImageSrcPath)
    ' send the resized image to the viewer
    imgOutput.Save(strImageDesPath, imgFormat)

    Return strImageDesPath

End Function

Now we are going to discuss how the above function works. Here, you will find various methods to perform file manipulation and all these are common. I would like to highlight the main properties, methods and class that are used for image resizing.


  • RawFormat: Gets the file format of this image


  • FromFile: Creates an Image from the specified file
  • Fix: Returns integer form fraction values

Bitmap Class

Encapsulates a GDI+ bitmap, which consists of the pixel data for a graphics image and its attributes. A Bitmap is an object used to work with images defined by pixel data.

The concept is very simple, at first we need to create an instance of  System.Drawing.Image.FromFile and set the new width and height of the image. After that, we use Bitmap object to  populate the new image and set the actual format by using RawFormat property and finally store the new image into the destination path.


This is a very simple and easy way. I hope that it might be helpful to you. Enjoy!


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

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Comments and Discussions

QuestionUse instead for high-quality results PinmemberNathanael Jones6-Jan-12 6:44 
AnswerRe: Use instead for high-quality results PinmvpMd. Marufuzzaman6-Jan-12 23:15 
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GeneralRe: Thanks PingroupMd. Marufuzzaman29-Jul-09 2:11 
QuestionCan it resize a gif image with multi frames? Pinmembertaihip9-Jun-09 21:59 
GeneralA generic error occurred in GDI+ PinmemberMember 34475229-Jun-09 19:39 
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