Image Processing in C#: A Comprehensive Guide

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Jason Bauer
December 24, 2015 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 1 minutes

C# is a great language to do image processing in. It's fast and easy to handle complex image manipulations with it.

Steps to Process Images in C#

In order to process an image in C# you need to take the following steps:

We will walk you through each of these steps, as well as show you how to do a few common image processing tasks like color replacement, contrast adjustment, negative image, and brightness adjustment.

Process an Image

If you followed our guide above title Load an Image File in C# then you should have an image file loaded as a Bitmap object and have it locked. If not, please follow that guide first. Once a image is loaded in RAM you can easily process it by iterating over the Height and Width looking at 1 pixel at a time. You can use GetPixel to get the color of a pixel and SetPixel to set the color of a pixel. Here's an example of replacing all Black pixels with White pixels.

var lockedBitmap = new LockBitmap(bmp);

for (int y = 0; y < lockedBitmap.Height; y++)
    for (int x = 0; x < lockedBitmap.Width; x++)
        if (lockedBitmap.GetPixel(x, y) == Color.Black)
            lockedBitmap.SetPixel(x, y, Color.White);

Image Processing Guides

Now you are ready to start writing Image editing functions. Here are a few that we have shared.

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