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ImageLockMode Enumeration

Specifies flags that are passed to the flags parameter of the LockBits method. The LockBits method locks a portion of an image so that you can read or write the pixel data.

Namespace:  System.Drawing.Imaging
Assembly:  System.Drawing (in System.Drawing.dll)
public enum ImageLockMode
Member nameDescription
ReadOnlySpecifies that a portion of the image is locked for reading.
ReadWriteSpecifies that a portion of the image is locked for reading or writing.
UserInputBufferSpecifies that the buffer used for reading or writing pixel data is allocated by the user. If this flag is set, the flags parameter of the LockBits method serves as an input parameter (and possibly as an output parameter). If this flag is cleared, then the flags parameter serves only as an output parameter.
WriteOnlySpecifies that a portion of the image is locked for writing.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the PixelFormat, Height, Width, and Scan0 properties; the LockBits and UnlockBits methods; and the ImageLockMode enumeration. This example is designed to be used with Windows Forms. To run this example, paste it into a form and handle the form's Paint event by calling the LockUnlockBitsExample method, passing e as PaintEventArgs.

    private void LockUnlockBitsExample(PaintEventArgs e)
        {

            // Create a new bitmap.
            Bitmap bmp = new Bitmap("c:\\fakePhoto.jpg");

            // Lock the bitmap's bits.  
            Rectangle rect = new Rectangle(0, 0, bmp.Width, bmp.Height);
            System.Drawing.Imaging.BitmapData bmpData =
                bmp.LockBits(rect, System.Drawing.Imaging.ImageLockMode.ReadWrite,
                bmp.PixelFormat);

            // Get the address of the first line.
            IntPtr ptr = bmpData.Scan0;

            // Declare an array to hold the bytes of the bitmap. 
            int bytes  = Math.Abs(bmpData.Stride) * bmp.Height;
���         byte[] rgbValues = new byte[bytes];

            // Copy the RGB values into the array.
            System.Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal.Copy(ptr, rgbValues, 0, bytes);

            // Set every third value to 255. A 24bpp bitmap will look red.   
            for (int counter = 2; counter < rgbValues.Length; counter += 3)
                rgbValues[counter] = 255;

            // Copy the RGB values back to the bitmap
            System.Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal.Copy(rgbValues, 0, ptr, bytes);

            // Unlock the bits.
            bmp.UnlockBits(bmpData);

            // Draw the modified image.
            e.Graphics.DrawImage(bmp, 0, 150);

        }
    

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, 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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