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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
public Color GetNearestColor (
	Color color
public function GetNearestColor (
	color : Color
) : Color
Not applicable.



Color structure for which to find a match.

Return Value

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 PaintEventArgse, 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);

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0