If you are trying to modify Bitmap, you may encounter the following GDI error which is very generic and does not provide any details.
Bitmap.Save(): A generic error occurred in GDI+
Why this Generic GDI Error Occurred?
When you initializing a Bitmap object from an image stored on hard disk, it creates a lock on the underlying image file. Due to the lock when you try to save and overwrite your modified bitmap, it throws this error.
How Do I Fix this Generic GDI Error?
There are two ways to fix this issue
- Instead of overwriting the file, save a new file with a different name than the original file
- Only when the Bitmap object is disposed, the underlying lock on the file is removed. Once the lock is removed, you may overwrite the file. If you must overwrite the existing file, create a separate bitmap object from existing bitmap object. Now dispose the old bitmap object which will release the lock on the image file. Go ahead and make the needed changes in new bitmap object and save the new bitmap object with original image file name.
Sample code that causes error
Dim oBitmap As Bitmap oBitmap = New Bitmap("c:\\example.jpg") Dim oGraphic As Graphics oGraphic = Graphics.FromImage(oBitmap) Dim oBrush As New SolidBrush(Color.Black) Dim ofont As New Font("Arial", 8 ) oGraphic.DrawString("Some text to write", ofont, oBrush, 10, 10) oBitmap.Save("c:\\example.jpg",ImageFormat.Jpeg) oBitmap.Dispose() oGraphic.Dispose()
Sample code with fix
Dim oBitmap As Bitmap oBitmap = New Bitmap("c:\\example.jpg") Dim oGraphic As Graphics ' Here create a new bitmap object of the same height and width of the image. Dim bmpNew As Bitmap = New Bitmap(oBitmap.Width, oBitmap.Height) oGraphic = Graphics.FromImage(bmpNew) oGraphic.DrawImage(oBitmap, New Rectangle(0, 0, _ bmpNew.Width, bmpNew.Height), 0, 0, oBitmap.Width, _ oBitmap.Height, GraphicsUnit.Pixel) ' Release the lock on the image file. Of course, ' image from the image file is existing in Graphics object oBitmap.Dispose() oBitmap = bmpNew Dim oBrush As New SolidBrush(Color.Black) Dim ofont As New Font("Arial", 8 ) oGraphic.DrawString("Some text to write", ofont, oBrush, 10, 10) oGraphic.Dispose() ofont.Dispose() oBrush.Dispose() oBitmap.Save("c:\\example.jpg", ImageFormat.Jpeg) oBitmap.Dispose()