Convert image from 24 BPP to 8 BPP

Hello experts,

I have a Grayscale 24 BPP, I need to save it as 8 BPP for other application that are using 8 BPP.
Does someone here have a sample code or can direct me to solving this issue?

Thanks in advance,
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Gustav BrockCIOCommented:
I use this method:
    class ImageHandling

        public static Bitmap MakeGrayscale3(Bitmap original)
            // Create a blank bitmap the same size as original.
            Bitmap newBitmap = new Bitmap(original.Width, original.Height);

            // Get a graphics object from the new image.
            Graphics graphic = Graphics.FromImage(newBitmap);

            // Create the grayscale ColorMatrix.
            ColorMatrix colorMatrix = new ColorMatrix(new float[][] 
                 new float[] {.3f, .3f, .3f, 0, 0},
                 new float[] {.59f, .59f, .59f, 0, 0},
                 new float[] {.11f, .11f, .11f, 0, 0},
                 new float[] {0, 0, 0, 1, 0},
                 new float[] {0, 0, 0, 0, 1}

            // Create image attributes.
            ImageAttributes attributes = new ImageAttributes();

            // Set the color matrix attribute.

            // Draw the original image on the new image
            // using the grayscale color matrix.
               new Rectangle(0, 0, original.Width, original.Height),
               0, 0, original.Width, original.Height,
               GraphicsUnit.Pixel, attributes);

            // Dispose the Graphics object.
            return newBitmap;

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The link is dead, and I haven't bothered how many BPP is creates, but I see only three byte values other than Black and White, so it may be 8 BPP.

Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Ofer,

You can do this with a command line call to the excellent (and free!) GraphicsMagick software. This EE article explains how to download and install it:

The command line you need is this:

gm.exe convert -depth 8 input.jpg output.jpg

Of course, the file types don't have to be JPG. Here's the doc on convert:

And here's the doc on -depth:

I see that two of your Topics are C# and Visual Basic.NET, which is fine. You may utilize <gm.exe> from any programming/scripting language that allows you to invoke a command line call. Regards, Joe
oferzAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much guys but it didn't help me.
The first solution changes the image to 32 BPP (I'm looking for a way to save the image as 8 BPP)
The second solution is not .net code, i do not want to use a thrid party exe, Im looking for an integrated solution via .Net.

Thank you very much and I will be glad to get more suggestions.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> Im looking for an integrated solution via .Net.

.NET can make a command line call, which I consider an "integrated solution" (the command line call being integrated with other .NET code), but if you don't want a third-party EXE (or DLL), then I'm not aware of another solution to change the color depth. Regards, Joe
Gustav BrockCIOCommented:
Have a look at the two examples at the bottom here which seems to address your issue:
Convert an image to grayscale

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