Accessing Individual Pixels From A HBITMAP

Posted on 2001-07-15
Last Modified: 2013-11-20

I have a HBITMAP, for which i would like to be able access inidividual pixel's RGB values .

How do i go about this?

The bits per pixel for the bitmap, isn't known its loaded by the user.


Question by:RichJackson
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Expert Comment

ID: 6284380
1) Use GetDIBits to convert it to a DIB and then read the pixels
2) Select into a memory DC, and then use GetPixel to read

Expert Comment

ID: 6289588
You can create a memory DC, select your bitmap to it and than use functions GetPixel() and SetPixel(). But if you interested in speed than you will be disappointed :( This approach is easy to do but quite slow.

HDC hdc = CreateCompatibleDC(NULL);
SelectObject(hdc, hBitmpa);
COLORREF cr = GetPixel(hdc, 10, 10);

this code will give you RGB value of pixel (10, 10) in your bitmap.

Author Comment

ID: 6289971
Hmmm, I am interested in the speed.  What's my other options.

Accepted Solution

MichaelS earned 35 total points
ID: 6290029
Than you have to go for GetDIBits() approach, you will get pointer to bitmap data itself. Than you have to analize which type of bitmap (actually DIB) are you diling with, colors, size and .... Than you can use direct pointers.

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