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How to read the pixels of a bitmap to determine it's predominant color.

Posted on 2006-06-08
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Last Modified: 2008-03-17
I have a host of bitmap files basically all B&W drawings. Some are black with white drawings & some are white with black drawing.
I need a way to find out the predominant pixel color (background) using Office VB.

Question by:dmerrow
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You have to remember that what your eyes see as white or black on a computer image doesn't mean that its actually white in computer colors.
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The following code below assumes that you are looking for PURE black and PURE white. I leave the math part up to you for checking which is greater (white or black)

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Option Explicit

Private Type BitmapInfo
    bmType As Long
    bmWidth As Long
    bmHeight As Long
    bmWidthBytes As Long
    bmPlanes As Integer
    bmBitsPixel As Integer
    bmBits As Long
End Type

Private Declare Function CreateCompatibleDC Lib "gdi32" ( _
    ByVal hdc As Long) As Long
Private Declare Function SelectObject Lib "gdi32" ( _
    ByVal hdc As Long, _
    ByVal hObject As Long) As Long
Private Declare Function GetObjectA Lib "gdi32" ( _
    ByVal hObject As Long, _
    ByVal nCount As Long, _
    lpObject As Any) As Long
Private Declare Function DeleteDC Lib "gdi32" ( _
    ByVal hdc As Long) As Long

Private Declare Function DeleteObject Lib "gdi32" ( _
    ByVal hObject As Long) As Long

Private Declare Function GetPixel Lib "gdi32" ( _
    ByVal hdc As Long, _
    ByVal x As Long, _
    ByVal y As Long) As Long

Private Declare Function GetInputState Lib "user32" () As Long

    Dim BMI As BitmapInfo
    Dim PiC As StdPicture
    Dim DC  As Long
    Dim PX  As Long
    Dim w   As Long
    Dim h   As Long
    Dim White As Long
    Dim Black As Long
    Public Sub Scan(inImg As Variant)
        Black = 0
        White = 0
        Set PiC = LoadPicture(inImg)
        DC = CreateCompatibleDC(0)
        Call SelectObject(DC, PiC.Handle)
        Call GetObjectA(PiC.Handle, LenB(BMI), BMI)
        For w = 0 To BMI.bmWidth
          For h = 0 To BMI.bmHeight
            PX = GetPixel(DC, w, h)
            Select Case PX
                Case vbWhite
                    White = White + 1
                Case vbBlack
                    Black = Black + 1
            End Select
            If GetInputState Then
            End If
          Next h
        Next w
    DeleteDC DC
    DeleteObject PiC.Handle
    Set PiC = Nothing
    Debug.Print Black & " black pixels found"
    Debug.Print White & " white pixels found"
    End Sub

Private Sub Command1_Click()
    Scan "C:\test.jpg" ' image you want to scan... gif,jpg,bmp
End Sub

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