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Article ID: 158898 - Last Review: November 21, 2006 - Revision: 2.2

This article was previously published under Q158898

SUMMARY

The LoadImage API can be used to load a bitmap from a BMP file. However, it does not return palette information. This article provides sample code and describes how to retrieve the palette information for the bitmap with LoadImage.

MORE INFORMATION

The following code uses the LoadImage API to load the bitmap as a DIBSection, and then creates a palette from the DIBSection's color table. If no color table is present, a halftone palette is used:
   BOOL LoadBitmapFromBMPFile( LPTSTR szFileName, HBITMAP *phBitmap,
   HPALETTE *phPalette )
   {

   BITMAP  bm;

   *phBitmap = NULL;
   *phPalette = NULL;

   // Use LoadImage() to get the image loaded into a DIBSection
   *phBitmap = (HBITMAP)LoadImage( NULL, szFileName, IMAGE_BITMAP, 0, 0,
               LR_CREATEDIBSECTION | LR_DEFAULTSIZE | LR_LOADFROMFILE );
   if( *phBitmap == NULL )
     return FALSE;

   // Get the color depth of the DIBSection
   GetObject(*phBitmap, sizeof(BITMAP), &bm );
   // If the DIBSection is 256 color or less, it has a color table
   if( ( bm.bmBitsPixel * bm.bmPlanes ) <= 8 )
   {
   HDC           hMemDC;
   HBITMAP       hOldBitmap;
   RGBQUAD       rgb[256];
   LPLOGPALETTE  pLogPal;
   WORD          i;

   // Create a memory DC and select the DIBSection into it
   hMemDC = CreateCompatibleDC( NULL );
   hOldBitmap = (HBITMAP)SelectObject( hMemDC, *phBitmap );
   // Get the DIBSection's color table
   GetDIBColorTable( hMemDC, 0, 256, rgb );
   // Create a palette from the color tabl
   pLogPal = (LOGPALETTE *)malloc( sizeof(LOGPALETTE) + (256*sizeof(PALETTEENTRY)) );
   pLogPal->palVersion = 0x300;
   pLogPal->palNumEntries = 256;
   for(i=0;i<256;i++)
   {
     pLogPal->palPalEntry[i].peRed = rgb[i].rgbRed;
     pLogPal->palPalEntry[i].peGreen = rgb[i].rgbGreen;
     pLogPal->palPalEntry[i].peBlue = rgb[i].rgbBlue;
     pLogPal->palPalEntry[i].peFlags = 0;
   }
   *phPalette = CreatePalette( pLogPal );
   // Clean up
   free( pLogPal );
   SelectObject( hMemDC, hOldBitmap );
   DeleteDC( hMemDC );
   }
   else   // It has no color table, so use a halftone palette
   {
   HDC    hRefDC;

   hRefDC = GetDC( NULL );
   *phPalette = CreateHalftonePalette( hRefDC );
   ReleaseDC( NULL, hRefDC );
   }
   return TRUE;

   }
				
The following code demonstrates how to use the LoadBitmapFromBMPFile function:
   case WM_PAINT:
   {
     PAINTSTRUCT   ps;
     HBITMAP       hBitmap, hOldBitmap;
     HPALETTE      hPalette, hOldPalette;
     HDC           hDC, hMemDC;
     BITMAP        bm;

   hDC = BeginPaint( hWnd, &ps );

   if( LoadBitmapFromBMPFile( szFileName, &hBitmap, &hPalette ) )
   {
      GetObject( hBitmap, sizeof(BITMAP), &bm );
      hMemDC = CreateCompatibleDC( hDC );
      hOldBitmap = (HBITMAP)SelectObject( hMemDC, hBitmap );
      hOldPalette = SelectPalette( hDC, hPalette, FALSE );
      RealizePalette( hDC );

      BitBlt( hDC, 0, 0, bm.bmWidth, bm.bmHeight,
              hMemDC, 0, 0, SRCCOPY );

      SelectObject( hMemDC, hOldBitmap );
      DeleteObject( hBitmap );
      SelectPalette( hDC, hOldPalette, FALSE );
      DeleteObject( hPalette );
   }
   EndPaint( hWnd, &amp;ps );

   }
   break;
				

APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Win32 Application Programming Interface, when used with:
    • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
    • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
    • Microsoft Windows 95
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