Writing StretchBlt to a file

I am currently working on a program that will take a screen capture and save it to a file, now I got that to work out just fine, but I am now attempting to to simeltaneuously create a thumbnails of the captured image by calling StretchBlt() immediatley following the screen capture. This works, and works well, but unfortuntely I cannot figure out how to write the contents of the buffer (the thumbnailed image turns up in the corner of my monitor) to a file say 1_t.bmp. Does anyone know of a way to do this? I have been racking my brains on how to do this but have yet to get it to work.  Thanks.

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mahesh1402Connect With a Mentor Commented:
You may use CreateDIBSection for this purpose.. Refer following functions
Have a look at Draw, Resize() and Save() functions, m_hBitmap is your Handle to bitmap(HBITMAP) and m_dibsec is DIBSECTION object

void MyBitmap::Draw(HDC hDC, int x, int y, int width, int height) const
 BITMAP bmp;
 GetObject(m_hBitmap, sizeof(bmp), & bmp);
 HDC hMemDC = CreateCompatibleDC(NULL);
 HGDIOBJ hOld = SelectObject(hMemDC, m_hBitmap);
 StretchBlt(hDC, x, y, width, height, hMemDC, 0, 0, bmp.bmWidth, bmp.bmHeight, SRCCOPY);
 SelectObject(hMemDC, hOld);

void MyBitmap::Resize(const Bitmap & bmp, int newWidth, int newHeight)
 m_dibsec = bmp.m_dibsec;
 m_dibsec.dsBmih.biWidth  = newWidth;
 m_dibsec.dsBmih.biHeight = newHeight;
 void * pBits = NULL;
 m_hBitmap = CreateDIBSection(NULL, (const BITMAPINFO *) & m_dibsec.dsBmih,
 HDC hMemDC = CreateCompatibleDC(NULL);
 HGDIOBJ hOld = SelectObject(hMemDC, m_hBitmap);
 bmp.Draw(hMemDC, 0, 0, newWidth, newHeight);
 SelectObject(hMemDC, hOld);

int MyBitmap::GetPixelSize(void) const
 return ( m_dibsec.dsBmih.biWidth * m_dibsec.dsBmih.biBitCount + 31 ) / 32 * 4 * m_dibsec.dsBmih.biHeight;

BOOL MyBitmap::Save(const TCHAR * szFileName)

 if ( handle == INVALID_HANDLE_VALUE )
  return FALSE;


 int nHeadSize = sizeof(BITMAPINFOHEADER);

 bmFH.bfType      = 0x4D42;
 bmFH.bfSize      = nHeadSize + GetPixelSize();
 bmFH.bfReserved1 = 0;
 bmFH.bfReserved2 = 0;
 bmFH.bfOffBits   = nHeadSize + sizeof(BITMAPFILEHEADER);

 DWORD dwRead = 0;
 WriteFile(handle, & bmFH, sizeof(bmFH), & dwRead, NULL);

 WriteFile(handle, & m_dibsec.dsBmih,      nHeadSize,   & dwRead, NULL);
 WriteFile(handle, m_dibsec.dsBm.bmBits, GetPixelSize(), & dwRead, NULL);


 return TRUE;

In above Draw() function StretchBlt is used to stretch bitmap and in Resize() function CreateDIBSection() and Draw() used to construct object for stretched bitmap and then in Save() BMP file is created from stretched bitmap object ....which meets your requirement.

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