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Graphics.GetNearestColor Method

Gets the nearest color to the specified Color structure.

Namespace:  System.Drawing
Assembly:  System.Drawing (in System.Drawing.dll)

public Color GetNearestColor(
	Color color


Type: System.Drawing.Color

Color structure for which to find a match.

Return Value

Type: System.Drawing.Color
A Color structure that represents the nearest color to the one specified with the color parameter.

The following code example is designed for use with Windows Forms, and it requires PaintEventArgs e, which is a parameter of the Paint event handler. The code performs the following actions:

  • Creates an arbitrary color with ARGB coordinates (255, 165, 63, 136).

  • Creates a solid brush and sets its color to the specified color.

  • Fills an ellipse using the arbitrary color.

  • Creates a second color and sets its value to the nearest system ARGB color.

  • Fills a second ellipse with this color.

The result is two ellipses: the first drawn with the arbitrary specified color and the second drawn with the system color nearest the specified color.

private void GetNearestColorColor(PaintEventArgs e)
    // Create solid brush with arbitrary color.
    Color arbColor = Color.FromArgb(255, 165, 63, 136);
    SolidBrush arbBrush = new SolidBrush(arbColor);

    // Fill ellipse on screen.
    e.Graphics.FillEllipse(arbBrush, 0, 0, 200, 100);

    // Get nearest color.
    Color realColor = e.Graphics.GetNearestColor(arbColor);
    SolidBrush realBrush = new SolidBrush(realColor);

    // Fill ellipse on screen.
    e.Graphics.FillEllipse(realBrush, 0, 100, 200, 100);

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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