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Dynamically resize uploaded images & save in PNG format

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7 May 2003CPOL1 min read
Overcome the problem of image quality deterioration on resizing by converting to PNG format.

Sample Image - PNGUploader.jpg


Uploading images & storing them dynamically after resizing is a painless affair now using .NET, unlike what it used to be in Classic ASP. There are several good articles on uploading & resizing images on CodeProject (.NET Image Uploading [^], File Upload with ASP.NET [^], Thumbnail Image Creation and Image format Conversion Utility [^]) & elsewhere on the net (True Image Resizing [^]). One issue with resizing images is that the quality of the image deteriorates. This article is written in praise of the PNG image format & shows how the original quality of the uploaded image of any regular format can be maintained & even be improved.

PNG - What's it?

Check out this excellent article on the PNG image format - FAQ: Converting GIF or JPG to PNG [^]. To paraphrase the article -

  • PNG stands for Portable Network Graphics and pronounced "ping".
  • PNG is supported by the major browsers (Microsoft IE and Netscape 4.x and higher)
  • The images are a lot clearer, no more grainy GIF images or pixelated JPGs!

Source code

This application allows the user to set the dimensions for the image to be resized & uploaded. The resized image is converted into the W3C Portable Network Graphics (PNG) image format by using the PNG property of the ImageFormat class.

<%@ Page Language="C#" %>
<%@ import Namespace="System.Drawing.Imaging" %>
<script runat="server">
//Pics folder has to be created under the current folder
void UploadBtn_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e)
    String UploadedFile = MyFile.PostedFile.FileName;
    int ExtractPos = UploadedFile.LastIndexOf("\\") + 1;
    //to retrieve only Filename from the complete path
    String UploadedFileName = UploadedFile.Substring(ExtractPos,UploadedFile.Length - ExtractPos);
    // Display information about posted file. Div is invisible by default   
    FileName.InnerHtml = UploadedFileName;
    MyContentType.InnerHtml = MyFile.PostedFile.ContentType;
    ContentLength.InnerHtml = MyFile.PostedFile.ContentLength.ToString();
    FileDetails.Visible = true; //div is made visible
    // Save uploaded file to server at the in the Pics folder
                            + "pics\\" + UploadedFileName );

   //thumbnail creation starts
      //Retrieve the image filename whose thumbnail has to be created
      String imageUrl =  UploadedFileName;
      //Read in the width and height
      int imageHeight =Convert.ToInt32(h.Text);
      int imageWidth  = Convert.ToInt32(w.Text); 
      //You may even specify a standard thumbnail size
      //int imageWidth  = 70; 
      //int imageHeight = 70;
      if (imageUrl.IndexOf("/") >= 0 || imageUrl.IndexOf("\\") >= 0 )
         //We found a / or \
      //the uploaded image will be stored in the Pics folder.
      //to get resize the image, the original image has to be
      //accessed from the Pics folder
      imageUrl = "pics/" + imageUrl;
      System.Drawing.Image fullSizeImg 
              = System.Drawing.Image.FromFile(Server.MapPath(imageUrl));
      System.Drawing.Image.GetThumbnailImageAbort dummyCallBack 
              = new System.Drawing.Image.GetThumbnailImageAbort(ThumbnailCallback);
      System.Drawing.Image thumbNailImg 
              = fullSizeImg.GetThumbnailImage(imageWidth, imageHeight, 
                                              dummyCallBack, IntPtr.Zero);
      //We need to create a unique filename for each generated image
      DateTime MyDate = DateTime.Now;
      String MyString  = MyDate.ToString("ddMMyyhhmmss") + ".png" ;
      //Save the thumbnail in PNG format. 
      //You may change it to a diff format with the ImageFormat property
      thumbNailImg.Save ( Request.PhysicalApplicationPath 
                          + "pics\\" +   MyString , ImageFormat.Png);
      //Display the original & the newly generated thumbnail
      Image1.AlternateText = "Original image";  
      Image1.ImageUrl="pics\\" + UploadedFileName;
      Image2.AlternateText = "Thumbnail";
      Image2.ImageUrl="pics\\" + MyString;
   catch(Exception ex)
      Response.Write("An error occurred - " + ex.ToString());
//this function is reqd for thumbnail creation
public bool ThumbnailCallback()
   return false;

How to run the app

Unzip & run the .aspx file using IIS. Make sure a folder named PICS is created before-hand in the current working directory.


This article demonstrates how the quality of dynamically created images can be maintained & even enhanced by saving them in PNG format.


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


About the Author

'Anil' Radhakrishna
India India
'Anil' Radhakrishna is a seasoned architect who enjoys working with Microsoft tools & technologies. He blogs quite regularly about his little discoveries and technical experiments on his blog called Tech Tips, Tricks & Trivia. He loves building mash-ups using public Web APIs.

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GeneralThe process cannot access the file "D:\test\pics\top.jpg" because it is being used by another process. Pin
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