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Create Dynamic Images in ASP.NET

, 29 Dec 2004
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This article is based on Manster's article and extension is given to his/her code in VB.NET version.

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I was searching for similar stuff in the net for quite some time and found the article written by Manster. Before this article, I found few other articles too, but they didn't explain how to render image without saving it to the disk. After seeing this code and reading the posts in the feedback section by other members asking "How to show image in image control", I decided to get the thing done.

Testing the application

  • Quite easy and simple, just extract the files and create a "testing" web application mapping to the extracted directory.


  • Add the Default.* and ImageGenerator.* files to your existing web application. Just type the URL in the browser.

Using the code

As I said, this article is based on Manster's article, I am not going to explain much how the Dynamic Image Generation works. You may read base article here.

In my demo project(default.aspx) I have used four elements.

  • Image Control with default text set.
  • Image Control to demonstrate Dynamic Image Generation.
  • HTML Image element (<img>).
  • One more HTML Image element with font size set.

For the value of ImageUrl (Image control)/ src (HTML <img> element), just pass the text you want to convert to image as HTML query string. E.g.:

<img src="ImageGenerator.aspx?imgtext=Hello&fontsize=24">

This will generate image text "Hello" with font size 24. Same way works with the Image control, pass the ImageURL parameter same as above (or just check the demo code). If you don't pass the query string, then you will see a "?" (default text). Default font size is set to 10.

Here comes the core which I copy, pasted from the site and converted to VB.NET code.

        'The following lines were added as Extention
        Dim sImageText As String
        Dim iFontSize As Integer
        sImageText = Server.UrlDecode(Request.QueryString("imgtext"))
        iFontSize = CInt(Server.UrlDecode(Request.QueryString("fontsize")))
        'Just fool proofing, in case, "imgtext" parameter is not passed
        If sImageText.Trim.Length = 0 Then sImageText = "?"
        If iFontSize = 0 Then iFontSize = 12
        'Rest of the code goes as is

        Dim bmpImage As New Bitmap(1, 1)

        Dim iWidth As Integer = 0
        Dim iHeight As Integer = 0

        '// Create the Font object for the image text drawing.
        Dim MyFont As New Font("Verdana", iFontSize, _
                   System.Drawing.FontStyle.Bold, _

        '// Create a graphics object to measure the text's width and height.
        'Graphics(MyGraphics = Graphics.FromImage(bmpImage))
        Dim MyGraphics As Graphics
        MyGraphics = Graphics.FromImage(bmpImage)

        '// This is where the bitmap size is determined.
        iWidth = MyGraphics.MeasureString(sImageText, MyFont).Width
        iHeight = MyGraphics.MeasureString(sImageText, MyFont).Height

        '// Create the bmpImage again with the correct size for the text and font.
        bmpImage = New Bitmap(bmpImage, New Size(iWidth, iHeight))

        '// Add the colors to the new bitmap.
        MyGraphics = Graphics.FromImage(bmpImage)
        MyGraphics.TextRenderingHint = TextRenderingHint.AntiAlias
        MyGraphics.DrawString(sImageText, MyFont, New SolidBrush(Color.Brown), 0, 0)

        'Return bmpImage
        Response.ContentType = "image/gif" 'Tell browser, what we are sending
        bmpImage.Save(Response.OutputStream, ImageFormat.Gif)


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Comments and Discussions

GeneralAnother similar article Pinmemberrajendra malav6-Jul-09 2:19 
GeneralGreat article PinmemberMember 358742027-May-09 7:16 
GeneralSimilar functionality but packaged nicely as a webservice: PinmemberMember 87063027-May-09 4:52 
GeneralAnother approach Pinmemberalex2320-Oct-08 2:57 
GeneralSuggestions to imporve Pinmemberdev2dev29-Dec-04 19:19 
GeneralRe: Suggestions to imporve Pinmemberdrokliss20-Jul-06 9:45 
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