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Bitmap.Clone Method (RectangleF, PixelFormat)

Creates a copy of the section of this Bitmap defined with a specified PixelFormat enumeration.

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

public Bitmap Clone(
	RectangleF rect,
	PixelFormat format


Type: System.Drawing.RectangleF
Defines the portion of this Bitmap to copy.
Type: System.Drawing.Imaging.PixelFormat
Specifies the PixelFormat enumeration for the destination Bitmap.

Return Value

Type: System.Drawing.Bitmap
The Bitmap that this method creates.


rect is outside of the source bitmap bounds.


The height or width of rect is 0.

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 a Bitmap from a file.

  • Clones a portion of that Bitmap.

  • Draws the cloned portion to the screen.

private void Clone_Example2(PaintEventArgs e)

    // Create a Bitmap object from a file.
    Bitmap myBitmap = new Bitmap("Grapes.jpg");

    // Clone a portion of the Bitmap object.
    RectangleF cloneRect = new RectangleF(0, 0, 100, 100);
    System.Drawing.Imaging.PixelFormat format =
    Bitmap cloneBitmap = myBitmap.Clone(cloneRect, format);

    // Draw the cloned portion of the Bitmap object.
    e.Graphics.DrawImage(cloneBitmap, 0, 0);

.NET Framework

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

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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