Problems with bitmap and palette

Posted on 1998-09-08
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Last Modified: 2013-11-20
I'm developing an application using MSVC++ 4.0 and MFC.  There should appear a picture when I run the application during some seconds.  I've scanned two pictures: one of 16 colors and other one of 256 colors for each display configuration.  
The code on the OnPaint routine is:
      CPaintDC dc(this);
      // get information about video mode
      int i, j, k;
      i = dc.GetDeviceCaps(BITSPIXEL);
      j = dc.GetDeviceCaps(PLANES);
      k = dc.GetDeviceCaps(NUMCOLORS);

      UINT resource;
      //deletes the resource used to initialize the CBitmap object
      m_bitmap.DeleteObject( );
      if ( (i==1) && (j==4) && (k==16) )
            resource = IDB_SPLASH16;      // 16 colors
            resource = IDB_SPLASH;            // 256+ colors

      if (!m_bitmap.LoadBitmap(resource))

      CDC dcImage;
      if (!dcImage.CreateCompatibleDC(&dc))

      BITMAP bm;

      // Paint the image.
      CBitmap* pOldBitmap = dcImage.SelectObject(&m_bitmap);
      dc.BitBlt(0, 0, bm.bmWidth, bm.bmHeight, &dcImage, 0, 0, SRCCOPY);

I'm having problems with the picture shown.  The same picture that I visualize in the Photo Paint software looks different that when I visualize it as an open picture (it seems to loose colors).  I don't know if I should initialize the palette or change its order.  Is there any special configuration for the palette in order to make it work?  Anyway, is it a problem with the palette?  Else, is it an MFC problem or a graphical problem?
Question by:marakr
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Accepted Solution

snoegler earned 200 total points
ID: 1321902
You'd have to map the bitmap palette to the screen palette.
See online docs, 'CBitmap::LoadMappedBitmap'.

But i would suggest that you save your bitmap into a file and use the CImage class. The
palette handling & supported formats are really good to handle. And you can save space
by saving your bitmap as '.jpg' or '.gif', look at http://www.visualc.com (MFC, CImage)
A short example how to use:

CImage mySplash("splash.gif",CIMAGE_FORMAT_GIF);
CPalette *old=dc.SelectPalette(mySplash.GetPalette(),TRUE);

That's all to display a palettized image.

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