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Run-time Image in ASP.NET using GDI+

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12 Jun 2012CPOL
How to make a dynamic/embedded image at run-time for an ASP.NET application using GDI+.

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This tip explains how to make a dynamic/embedded image at run-time for an ASP.NET application using GDI+.


I searched around in Google and the only answer I could find was to make an ASPX page, hijack the Response.OutputStream, and change the Response.ContentType. This approach I think is far easier to work with, although older browser compatibility issues may come into play. Read about embedded image data and dataURI here: Wiki - Data_URI_scheme. There is also a Microsoft disclaimer for using GDI+ within ASP.NET. Anyway...

Using the code

Here is the code for the ASP.NET 'UserControl'. There is no mark-up code, and below is the code-behind.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Drawing;
using System.IO;

public partial class UserControls_ImageRender : System.Web.UI.UserControl

    protected override void Render(HtmlTextWriter writer)
        writer.Write(@"<img src=""data:image/jpeg;base64,{0}"">", Data64);

    public Bitmap bitmap
            MemoryStream ms = new MemoryStream();
            value.Save(ms, System.Drawing.Imaging.ImageFormat.Jpeg);
            Data64 = Convert.ToBase64String(ms.ToArray());

    private string Data64
            string s = ViewState["Data64"] as string;
            return (s == null) ? string.Empty : s;
        { ViewState["Data64"] = value; }

Register your control in web.config:

<add tagPrefix="ctl" src="~/UserControls/ImageRender.ascx" tagName="ImageRender"/>

Add an example to use on your form:

<ctl:ImageRender id="Image1" runat="server"/>

Use this Control, by setting the bitmap property.

protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    if (!IsPostBack)
        Image1.bitmap = MakeImage();
// make your own GDI+ image here. Here is my example...
public Bitmap MakeImage()
    DateTime dt = DateTime.Now;
    string sHeading1 = "asd";
    string sMachineSerial = "asdasd";
    string sText1 = "rtu";
    string sText2 = "uiouiouio";
    string sText3 = "dfgbftyfy";

    Bitmap bitmap = new System.Drawing.Bitmap(400, 200);
    Graphics g = System.Drawing.Graphics.FromImage(bitmap);
    g.SmoothingMode = System.Drawing.Drawing2D.SmoothingMode.HighQuality;
    g.TextRenderingHint = System.Drawing.Text.TextRenderingHint.ClearTypeGridFit;
    g.InterpolationMode = System.Drawing.Drawing2D.InterpolationMode.HighQualityBicubic;

    System.Drawing.Font drawFontAGBoldSmall = new System.Drawing.Font("Arial", 8);
    System.Drawing.Font drawFontAGBold = new System.Drawing.Font("Arial", 12);
    System.Drawing.Font drawFontAGBook = new System.Drawing.Font("Arial", 12, FontStyle.Bold);
    System.Drawing.Font drawFontAGBookDate = new System.Drawing.Font("Arial", 24);
    System.Drawing.Font drawFontAGBookHeading = new System.Drawing.Font("Arial", 16, FontStyle.Bold);
    System.Drawing.Font drawFontArial = new System.Drawing.Font("Arial", 12, FontStyle.Bold);

    Color myColor = ColorTranslator.FromHtml(@"#F0F0F0");
    System.Drawing.SolidBrush drawBrush = new System.Drawing.SolidBrush(myColor);

    System.Drawing.StringFormat drawFormat = new System.Drawing.StringFormat();
    System.Drawing.StringFormat drawCentreFormat = 
           new System.Drawing.StringFormat(StringFormatFlags.NoWrap);
    drawCentreFormat.Alignment = StringAlignment.Center;

    Pen drawPen = new Pen(drawBrush);

    g.DrawRectangle(drawPen, new Rectangle(0, 0, bitmap.Width - 1, bitmap.Height - 1));

    g.DrawString(dt.ToShortDateString(), drawFontAGBookDate, drawBrush, 
                 new Rectangle(0, 36, 400, 40), drawCentreFormat);
    g.DrawString(sHeading1, drawFontAGBookHeading, drawBrush, new Rectangle(4, 0, 392, 26), drawFormat);
    g.DrawString(sMachineSerial, drawFontAGBoldSmall, drawBrush, new Rectangle(8, 22, 392, 14), drawFormat);
    g.DrawString(sText1, drawFontAGBold, drawBrush, new Rectangle(8, 80, 192, 20), drawFormat);
    g.DrawString(sText2, drawFontAGBold, drawBrush, new Rectangle(8, 101, 192, 20), drawFormat);
    g.DrawString(sText3, drawFontAGBold, drawBrush, new Rectangle(8, 122, 192, 20), drawFormat);


    return bitmap;


All done! As my son would write, thanks for listening!


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