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Color.GetBrightness Method

Gets the hue-saturation-brightness (HSB) brightness value for this Color structure.

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

public float GetBrightness()

Return Value

Type: System.Single
The brightness of this Color. The brightness ranges from 0.0 through 1.0, where 0.0 represents black and 1.0 represents white.

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 instance of a Color structure, redShade, to be used for comparisons.

  • Iterates through the KnownColor enumeration elements to find all known colors that have the same brightness as redShade. The iterations are terminated when 15 matches are found or the value of the loop counter is greater than the last KnownColor element.

  • During each iteration, saves the KnownColor element—if it matches the criteria—in an array.

  • Uses a brush to paint rectangles.

The first rectangle is painted the color represented by redShade. Each of the other rectangles is painted a KnownColor that matches the brightness of the redShade.


public void KnownColorBrightnessExample2(PaintEventArgs e)
{
    Graphics     g = e.Graphics;

    // Color structures. One is a variable used for temporary storage. The other
    // is a constant used for comparisons.
    Color   someColor = Color.FromArgb(0);
    Color   redShade = Color.FromArgb(255, 200, 0, 100);

    // Array to store KnownColor values that match the brightness of the
    // redShade color.
    KnownColor[]  colorMatches = new KnownColor[15];

    // Number of matches found.
    int  count = 0;   

    // Iterate through the KnownColor enums until 15 matches are found.
    for (KnownColor enumValue = 0;
        enumValue <= KnownColor.YellowGreen && count < 15; enumValue++)
    {
        someColor = Color.FromKnownColor(enumValue);
        if (someColor.GetBrightness() == redShade.GetBrightness())
            colorMatches[count++] = enumValue;
    }

    // display the redShade color and its argb value.
    SolidBrush  myBrush1 = new SolidBrush(redShade);
    Font        myFont = new Font("Arial", 12);
    int         x = 20;
    int         y = 20;
    someColor = redShade;
    g.FillRectangle(myBrush1, x, y, 100, 30);
    g.DrawString(someColor.ToString(), myFont, Brushes.Black, x + 120, y);

    // Iterate through the matches that were found and display each color that
    // corresponds with the enum value in the array. also display the name of
    // The KnownColor.
    for (int i = 0; i < count; i++)
    {
        y += 40;
        someColor = Color.FromKnownColor(colorMatches[i]);
        myBrush1.Color = someColor;
        g.FillRectangle(myBrush1, x, y, 100, 30);
        g.DrawString(someColor.ToString(), myFont, Brushes.Black, x + 120, y);
    }
}


.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.

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