Image Editing Tool in VB.Net: Part 3

In last two articles  we have discussed about how to load an image in our windows form and how to re size that image see this:

Part1: Open an image

Part2: Resizing image

Now we will discuss that how we can crop an image

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

    Dim cropX As Integer

    Dim cropY As Integer

    Dim cropWidth As Integer

    Dim cropHeight As Integer


    Dim oCropX As Integer

    Dim oCropY As Integer

    Dim cropBitmap As Bitmap


    Public cropPen As Pen


    Public cropDashStyle As Drawing2D.DashStyle = Drawing2D.DashStyle.DashDot


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


               If e.Button = Windows.Forms.MouseButtons.Left Then

                    Cursor = Cursors.Cross

                    cropX = e.X

                    cropY = e.Y


                    cropPen = New Pen(color.Black, 1)

                    cropPen.DashStyle = DashStyle.DashDotDot



                End If


 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 Is Nothing Then Exit Sub


                If e.Button = Windows.Forms.MouseButtons.Left Then



                    cropWidth = e.X - cropX

                    cropHeight = e.Y - cropY

                    PictureBox1.CreateGraphics.DrawRectangle(cropPen, cropX, cropY, cropWidth, cropHeight)

                End If

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 respectively.


Code for crop:


rect As Rectangle = New Rectangle(cropX, cropY, cropWidth, cropHeight)

                'First we define a rectangle with the help of already calculated points

                Dim OriginalImage As Bitmap = New Bitmap(PictureBox1.Image, PictureBox1.Width, PictureBox1.Height)

                'Original image

                Dim _img As New Bitmap(cropWidth, cropHeight) ' for cropinf image

                Dim g As Graphics = Graphics.FromImage(_img) ' create graphics

                g.InterpolationMode = Drawing2D.InterpolationMode.HighQualityBicubic

                g.PixelOffsetMode = Drawing2D.PixelOffsetMode.HighQuality

                g.CompositingQuality = Drawing2D.CompositingQuality.HighQuality

                'set image attributes

                g.DrawImage(OriginalImage, 0, 0, rect, GraphicsUnit.Pixel)


                PictureBox1.Image = _img

In above code I have mentioned commit you can use this for better understanding.

So I think now we can cropping any image  easily with the help of this scenario.


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