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Getting/Setting Pixels on GIF in VB5

Posted on 1999-07-03
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Last Modified: 2010-05-02
How do I get and set individual pixels on a Picture control in VB5?  I think it has something to do with properly setting ScaleMode and then doing something math, but I can't get Pset and Point to get me what I'm looking for
Question by:kisrael
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Author Comment

ID: 1521786
Is it something like this?
widthInPixels = picture1.width/Screen.TwipsPerPixelX
HeightInPixels = picture1.height/Screen.TwipsPerPixelY

for y = 0 to heightInPixels -1
for x = 0 to widthInPixels - 1
                picture1.PSet (x * Screen.TwipsPerPixelX, y * Screen.TwipsPerPixelY)

Author Comment

ID: 1521787
Bonus points if someone can tell me how to translate the return value
of the point function (a Long) back into seperate R,G,B values-- even
more points if they can explain why the RGB() fuinction (which goes the
other way) doesn't mention it!!!

Expert Comment

ID: 1521788
Private Sub Form_MouseDown(Button As Integer, Shift As Integer, X As Single, Y As Single)
 getRGB Me.Point(X, Y)
End Sub

Private Sub getRGB(ByVal col As Long)
Dim crimson As Byte
Dim verde As Byte
Dim azure As Byte

crimson = col And &HFF
verde = (col And &HFF00) / 256 Mod 256
azure = (col And &HFF0000) / 65536

Text2.Text = " R = " & crimson & " G = " & verde & " B = " & azure
End Sub

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Expert Comment

ID: 1521789
jbil looks to have given you the colours, the reason is that colours are actually stored as a 24 bit integer where red is the high bit , green the middle and blue the low.

As an alternative to the method for getting the colour from point, you could use the folowing API call GetPixel which once again returns the 24 bit integer.

picture1.scalemode=3 ' Value for Pixel

using the API SetPixel you can then play with the colours

lngReturn=SetPixel(picture1.hwnd,x,y,AnyColor(as longValue))

Author Comment

ID: 1521790
Yeah, I think i figured out all the tools I need.

In case you're wondering, i made this coolish app that takes a
small greyscale GIF and converts it into 5 shades of grey (9 counting
the dithering it does.)

It can then take over control of the mouse, and paint that picture one
grey color at a time on the drawing app at

You can see the results at


Accepted Solution

sp25 earned 100 total points
ID: 1521791
Use The PSET and POINT functions,

PixelRGB = Picture1.Point(X,Y)            
This will return the Red Green Blue Value of the pixel at location X,Y

Picture1.Pset (X , Y), RGB
This will set the location X,Y with Red Green Blue Color Specified

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