Making image editing tool in C#-Cropping images

in this article we will learn how to cropping image in C#

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Design form like this view:

In crop tab there are one two button one is ‘Make selection’ and other for ‘Ok’.

For cropping an image we will need to define region that is need to crop,in this article we will use rectangle for defining such area or region

When we click on ‘MakeSelection’ button and after that  draw a rectangle on picturebox with the help of mouse.

Code for draw rectangle:

Declare some private variables for finding cursor location and define drawing objects

    int cropX;
    int cropY;
    int cropWidth;
    int cropHeight;
    int oCropX;
    int oCropY;
    public Pen cropPen;
    public DashStyle cropDashStyle = DashStyle.DashDot;


We will use mosedown And mouse mve event for doing this.we will need to implement this code on mouse down event:

    if (e.Button == System.Windows.Forms.MouseButtons.Left)
            Cursor = Cursors.Cross;
            cropX = e.X;
            cropY = e.Y;
            cropPen = new Pen(Color.Black, 1);
            cropPen.DashStyle = DashStyle.DashDotDot;

In above code there are two variables are using one is cropX for x position of the rectangle location and another is cropY for y position. cropPen is the object of pen class with pensize and pencolor.

And write this code on mouse move event

if (PictureBox1.Image == null)
if (e.Button == System.Windows.Forms.MouseButtons.Left)
       cropWidth = e.X - cropX;
       cropHeight = e.Y - cropY;
       PictureBox1.CreateGraphics().DrawRectangle(cropPen, cropX, cropY, cropWidth, cropHeight);


On mouse event we can find cursor position with the help of event arg e so we can easily determine rectangle’s width and height.and use drawrectangle method. On above code cropPen determines the color,size and other styles of rectangle,cropx is x coordinate of upperleft corner of rectangle, y is y coordinate of upperleft corner of rectangle and cropWidth,cropHeight are width and height of rectangle respectivly.

Code for crop:

Cursor = Cursors.Default;
 if (cropWidth < 1)
 Rectangle rect = new Rectangle(cropX, cropY, cropWidth, cropHeight);
 //First we define a rectangle with the help of already calculated points
 Bitmap OriginalImage = new Bitmap(PictureBox1.Image, PictureBox1.Width, PictureBox1.Height);
  //Original image
 Bitmap _img = new Bitmap(cropWidth, cropHeight);
 // for cropinf image
 Graphics g = Graphics.FromImage(_img);
 // create graphics
 g.InterpolationMode = System.Drawing.Drawing2D.InterpolationMode.HighQualityBicubic;
 g.PixelOffsetMode = System.Drawing.Drawing2D.PixelOffsetMode.HighQuality;
 g.CompositingQuality = System.Drawing.Drawing2D.CompositingQuality.HighQuality;
 //set image attributes
 g.DrawImage(OriginalImage, 0, 0, rect, GraphicsUnit.Pixel);
 PictureBox1.Image = _img;
 PictureBox1.Width = _img.Width;
 PictureBox1.Height = _img.Height;
 btnCrop.Enabled = false;

In above code I have mentioned comme tyou can use this for better understanding

So I think now we can croping any image  easily with the help of this sceniro


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