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Graphics/Bitmap Object: Save grayscale bitmap as 1-bit black and white

Posted on 2004-08-26
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My application creates a dynamic graphic (some numbers superimposed on an existing bitmap) and saves the merged result to a bitmap file.  I developed this using a laser printer.  However, my customer will be using it on a thermal receipt printer.  It, unfortunately, will only acept a 1 bit bitmap.

My delima:
My base graphic, is saved as a grayscale file.  I do my text/graphic merge thingy and save it back as a file, but the receipt printer won't print it because it is not 1 bit black and white graphic.

So  I changed the base graphic to a 1 bit bitmap.  When I run my app, an exception get thrown, "A Graphics object cannot be created from an image that has an indexed pixel format..." in other words something les than 16bpp.

Here's the offending code:
               'Build dynamic graphic here
                Const X = 160, Y = 160

                'Graphics Class
                Dim objBitmap = Bitmap.FromFile(regKey.GetValue("backgroundBloominBuck"))
                Dim objGraphics As Graphics = Graphics.FromImage(objBitmap)

                'Text
                Dim moneyFont As New Font("Verdana", 36, FontStyle.Bold)
                Dim drawBrush As New SolidBrush(Color.Black)
                Dim drawFormat As New StringFormat

                drawFormat.FormatFlags = StringFormatFlags.NoWrap
                objGraphics.DrawString(strMoney, moneyFont, drawBrush, 66, 66, drawFormat)
                objBitmap.Save(regKey.GetValue("dynamicBloominBuck"), ImageFormat.Bmp)

If I could leave my orginal graphic as a grayscale, but somehow programmatically convert the resulting output file to a 1 bpp bitmap, then I would be happy.  I would also be just as happy, if I could use Graphics.FromImage using a 1 bpp file. I wish I had run into this problem sooner, because this has to go live Saturday morning.

Someone please have pity on me and enlighten me with thine grand wisdom from I am but a worm.
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Question by:carlajasminelewis
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Can you send me your image to wguerram@hotmail.com?
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Check this
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Programming_Languages/Dot_Net/Q_21096692.html



http://www.visualbasicforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=11547

I made changes in order to slice the image after open it, using your function.

And also in the QuantizeImage method i commented the condition which compares the image format with A 24 bits in order to process any image format, i just tried it with your image sample.

i tried and it worked fine.
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by:carlajasminelewis
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This program has a lot of stuff that I wouldn't need, but I am able to see what parts I can use.  I modified it to save as a one bit, and it works just fine.  Thank you.
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