Crop Image – C#

For cropping an image in C#  we can use the Graphics class. We’ll use a method which will take 2 parameters, a source image and a rectangle of the section that should be cropped.  Let’s code!

The Code

public Bitmap CropImage(Bitmap source, Rectangle section)

 // An empty bitmap which will hold the cropped image
 Bitmap bmp = new Bitmap(section.Width, section.Height);

 Graphics g = Graphics.FromImage(bmp);

 // Draw the given area (section) of the source image
 // at location 0,0 on the empty bitmap (bmp)
 g.DrawImage(source, 0, 0, section, GraphicsUnit.Pixel);

 return bmp;

// Example use:

Bitmap source = new Bitmap(@"C:\tulips.jpg");
Rectangle section = new Rectangle(new Point(12, 50), new Size(150, 150));

Bitmap CroppedImage = CropImage(source, section);

The above code will work perfectly but it seems confusing, doesn’t it? You might have been wondering how it works. Well…

We first make an empty bitmap of the same width/height as the section rectangle. This bitmap will hold the cropped image. We use the section rectangle’s width/height because it determines the size of the cropped image. Then we use the Graphics class’s DrawImage() method (function) for the cropping. It draws the given area (section) of the source image on the empty bitmap and that’s it. The empty bitmap now holds the cropped image.

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