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Image.GetThumbnailImage Method

Returns a thumbnail for this Image.

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

public Image GetThumbnailImage(
	int thumbWidth,
	int thumbHeight,
	Image..::..GetThumbnailImageAbort callback,
	IntPtr callbackData


Type: System.Int32
The width, in pixels, of the requested thumbnail image.
Type: System.Int32
The height, in pixels, of the requested thumbnail image.
Type: System.Drawing.Image.GetThumbnailImageAbort
A Image.GetThumbnailImageAbort delegate.
Note   You must create a delegate and pass a reference to the delegate as the callback parameter, but the delegate is not used.
Type: System.IntPtr
Must be Zero.

Return Value

Type: System.Drawing.Image
An Image that represents the thumbnail.

If the Image contains an embedded thumbnail image, this method retrieves the embedded thumbnail and scales it to the requested size. If the Image does not contain an embedded thumbnail image, this method creates a thumbnail image by scaling the main image.

The GetThumbnailImage method works well when the requested thumbnail image has a size of about 120 x 120 pixels. If you request a large thumbnail image (for example, 300 x 300) from an Image that has an embedded thumbnail, there could be a noticeable loss of quality in the thumbnail image. It might be better to scale the main image (instead of scaling the embedded thumbnail) by calling the DrawImage method.

The following code example creates and displays a thumbnail image. This delegate is never called.

public bool ThumbnailCallback()
    return false;
public void Example_GetThumb(PaintEventArgs e)
    Image.GetThumbnailImageAbort myCallback =
    new Image.GetThumbnailImageAbort(ThumbnailCallback);
    Bitmap myBitmap = new Bitmap("Climber.jpg");
    Image myThumbnail = myBitmap.GetThumbnailImage(
    40, 40, myCallback, IntPtr.Zero);
    e.Graphics.DrawImage(myThumbnail, 150, 75);

.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.