KdgDev KdgDev - 1 month ago 4x
C# Question

Quality of a saved JPG in C#

I made a small C# app to create an image in .jpg format.


The image is succesfully created. I input an original pic, do some stuff with it and save it. The quality of this new pic however, is lower than that of the original.

Is there any way to set the desired quality?


The following code example demonstrates how to create a EncoderParameter using the EncoderParameter constructor. To run this example, paste the code and call the VaryQualityLevel method.

This example requires an image file named TestPhoto.jpg located at c:.

private void VaryQualityLevel()
    // Get a bitmap.
    Bitmap bmp1 = new Bitmap(@"c:\TestPhoto.jpg");
    ImageCodecInfo jgpEncoder = GetEncoder(ImageFormat.Jpeg);

    // Create an Encoder object based on the GUID
    // for the Quality parameter category.
    System.Drawing.Imaging.Encoder myEncoder =

    // Create an EncoderParameters object.
    // An EncoderParameters object has an array of EncoderParameter
    // objects. In this case, there is only one
    // EncoderParameter object in the array.
    EncoderParameters myEncoderParameters = new EncoderParameters(1);

    EncoderParameter myEncoderParameter = new EncoderParameter(myEncoder, 
    myEncoderParameters.Param[0] = myEncoderParameter;
    bmp1.Save(@"c:\TestPhotoQualityFifty.jpg", jgpEncoder, 

    myEncoderParameter = new EncoderParameter(myEncoder, 100L);
    myEncoderParameters.Param[0] = myEncoderParameter;
    bmp1.Save(@"c:\TestPhotoQualityHundred.jpg", jgpEncoder, 

    // Save the bitmap as a JPG file with zero quality level compression.
    myEncoderParameter = new EncoderParameter(myEncoder, 0L);
    myEncoderParameters.Param[0] = myEncoderParameter;
    bmp1.Save(@"c:\TestPhotoQualityZero.jpg", jgpEncoder, 


private ImageCodecInfo GetEncoder(ImageFormat format)
    ImageCodecInfo[] codecs = ImageCodecInfo.GetImageDecoders();
    foreach (ImageCodecInfo codec in codecs)
        if (codec.FormatID == format.Guid)
            return codec;
    return null;

Ref: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.drawing.imaging.encoderparameter.aspx