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Render Shapes

A common task when processing documents, is to extract all images found in the document and export them to an external location e.g to disk. This is a simple task when extracting images as the Aspose.Words API already provides members for extracting and saving image data.

However there are times when you will want to extract similar types of content which are actually represented by different a type of drawing object. For example, take a text box which contains paragraphs, arrow shapes and a small image. There is no straight forward way of rendering this as these are all separate content. You may also encounter content grouped together into what looks like a single image.

Aspose.Words now provides a method to extract this type of content as rendered content in the same way as you can extract simple images from a shape. This article describes how to use this rendering function to render shapes independently from a document.

  // Sample infrastructure.
            string exeDir = Path.GetDirectoryName(Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly().Location) + Path.DirectorySeparatorChar;
            string dataDir = new Uri(new Uri(exeDir), @"../../Data/").LocalPath;
            // Load the documents which store the shapes we want to render.
            Document doc = new Document(dataDir + "RenderShapes.doc");
            Document doc2 = new Document(dataDir + "RenderShapes.docx");

            // Retrieve the target shape from the document. In our sample document this is the first shape.
            Shape shape = (Shape)doc.GetChild(NodeType.Shape, 0, true);
            DrawingML drawingML = (DrawingML)doc2.GetChild(NodeType.DrawingML, 0, true);

            // Test rendering of different types of nodes.
            RenderShapeToDisk(dataDir, shape);
            RenderShapeToStream(dataDir, shape);
            RenderShapeToGraphics(dataDir, shape);
            RenderDrawingMLToDisk(dataDir, drawingML);
            RenderCellToImage(dataDir, doc);
            RenderRowToImage(dataDir, doc);
            RenderParagraphToImage(dataDir, doc);

Below are the detailed implementation of functions

  public static void RenderShapeToStream(string dataDir, Shape shape)
            //ExFor:ShapeRenderer.Save(Stream, ImageSaveOptions)
            //ExSummary:Shows how to render a shape independent of the document to a JPEG image and save it to a stream.
            // We can also retrieve the renderer for a shape by using the ShapeRenderer constructor.
            ShapeRenderer r = new ShapeRenderer(shape);

            // Define custom options which control how the image is rendered. Render the shape to the vector format EMF.
            ImageSaveOptions imageOptions = new ImageSaveOptions(SaveFormat.Jpeg)
                // Output the image in gray scale
                ImageColorMode = ImageColorMode.Grayscale,

                // Reduce the brightness a bit (default is 0.5f).
                ImageBrightness = 0.45f

            FileStream stream = new FileStream(dataDir + "TestFile.RenderToStream Out.jpg", FileMode.CreateNew);

            // Save the rendered image to the stream using different options.
            r.Save(stream, imageOptions);

        public static void RenderDrawingMLToDisk(string dataDir, DrawingML drawingML)
            //ExFor:ShapeRenderer.Save(String, ImageSaveOptions)
            //ExSummary:Shows how to render a DrawingML image independent of the document to a JPEG image on the disk.
            // Save the DrawingML image to disk in JPEG format and using default options.
            drawingML.GetShapeRenderer().Save(dataDir + "TestFile.RenderDrawingML Out.jpg", null);

        public static void RenderShapeToGraphics(string dataDir, Shape shape)
            //ExSummary:Shows how to render a shape independent of the document to a .NET Graphics object and apply rotation to the rendered image.
            // The shape renderer is retrieved using this method. This is made into a separate object from the shape as it internally
            // caches the rendered shape.
            ShapeRenderer r = shape.GetShapeRenderer();

            // Find the size that the shape will be rendered to at the specified scale and resolution.
            Size shapeSizeInPixels = r.GetSizeInPixels(1.0f, 96.0f);
            // Rotating the shape may result in clipping as the image canvas is too small. Find the longest side
            // and make sure that the graphics canvas is large enough to compensate for this.
            int maxSide = Math.Max(shapeSizeInPixels.Width, shapeSizeInPixels.Height);

            using (Bitmap image = new Bitmap((int)(maxSide * 1.25), (int)(maxSide * 1.25)))
                // Rendering to a graphics object means we can specify settings and transformations to be applied to 
                // the shape that is rendered. In our case we will rotate the rendered shape.
                using (Graphics gr = Graphics.FromImage(image))
                    // Clear the shape with the background color of the document.
                    // Center the rotation using translation method below
                    gr.TranslateTransform((float)image.Width / 8, (float)image.Height / 2);
                    // Rotate the image by 45 degrees.
                    // Undo the translation.
                    gr.TranslateTransform(-(float)image.Width / 8, -(float)image.Height / 2);

                    // Render the shape onto the graphics object.
                    r.RenderToSize(gr, 0, 0, shapeSizeInPixels.Width, shapeSizeInPixels.Height);

                image.Save(dataDir + "TestFile.RenderToGraphics.png", ImageFormat.Png);

        public static void RenderCellToImage(string dataDir, Document doc)
            //ExSummary:Shows how to render a cell of a table independent of the document.
            Cell cell = (Cell)doc.GetChild(NodeType.Cell, 2, true); // The third cell in the first table.
            RenderNode(cell, dataDir + "TestFile.RenderCell Out.png", null);

        public static void RenderRowToImage(string dataDir, Document doc)
            //ExSummary:Shows how to render a row of a table independent of the document.
            Row row = (Row)doc.GetChild(NodeType.Row, 0, true); // The first row in the first table.
            RenderNode(row, dataDir + "TestFile.RenderRow Out.png", null);

        public static void RenderParagraphToImage(string dataDir, Document doc)
            //ExSummary:Shows how to render a paragraph with a custom background color independent of the document. 
            // Retrieve the first paragraph in the main shape.
            Shape shape = (Shape)doc.GetChild(NodeType.Shape, 0, true);
            Paragraph paragraph = (Paragraph)shape.LastParagraph;

            // Save the node with a light pink background.
            ImageSaveOptions options = new ImageSaveOptions(SaveFormat.Png);
            options.PaperColor = Color.LightPink;

            RenderNode(paragraph, dataDir + "TestFile.RenderParagraph Out.png", options);

        public static void FindShapeSizes(Shape shape)
            //ExSummary:Demonstrates how to find the size of a shape in the document and the size of the shape when rendered.
            SizeF shapeSizeInDocument = shape.GetShapeRenderer().SizeInPoints;
            float width = shapeSizeInDocument.Width; // The width of the shape.
            float height = shapeSizeInDocument.Height; // The height of the shape.

            //ExSummary:Shows how to create a new Bitmap and Graphics object with the width and height of the shape to be rendered.
            // We will render the shape at normal size and 96dpi. Calculate the size in pixels that the shape will be rendered at.
            Size shapeRenderedSize = shape.GetShapeRenderer().GetSizeInPixels(1.0f, 96.0f);

            using (Bitmap image = new Bitmap(shapeRenderedSize.Width, shapeRenderedSize.Height))
                using (Graphics g = Graphics.FromImage(image))
                    // Render shape onto the graphics object using the RenderToScale or RenderToSize methods of ShapeRenderer class.
        //ExSummary:Shows how to render a node independent of the document by building on the functionality provided by ShapeRenderer class.
        /// <summary>
        /// Renders any node in a document to the path specified using the image save options.
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="node">The node to render.</param>
        /// <param name="path">The path to save the rendered image to.</param>
        /// <param name="imageOptions">The image options to use during rendering. This can be null.</param>
        public static void RenderNode(Node node, string filePath, ImageSaveOptions imageOptions)
            // Run some argument checks.
            if (node == null)
                throw new ArgumentException("Node cannot be null");

            // If no image options are supplied, create default options.
            if (imageOptions == null)
                imageOptions = new ImageSaveOptions(FileFormatUtil.ExtensionToSaveFormat(Path.GetExtension(filePath)));

            // Store the paper color to be used on the final image and change to transparent.
            // This will cause any content around the rendered node to be removed later on.
            Color savePaperColor = imageOptions.PaperColor;
            imageOptions.PaperColor = Color.Transparent;

            // There a bug which affects the cache of a cloned node. To avoid this we instead clone the entire document including all nodes,
            // find the matching node in the cloned document and render that instead.
            Document doc = (Document)node.Document.Clone(true);
            node = doc.GetChild(NodeType.Any, node.Document.GetChildNodes(NodeType.Any, true).IndexOf(node), true);

            // Create a temporary shape to store the target node in. This shape will be rendered to retrieve
            // the rendered content of the node.
            Shape shape = new Shape(doc, ShapeType.TextBox);
            Section parentSection = (Section)node.GetAncestor(NodeType.Section);

            // Assume that the node cannot be larger than the page in size.
            shape.Width = parentSection.PageSetup.PageWidth;
            shape.Height = parentSection.PageSetup.PageHeight;
            shape.FillColor = Color.Transparent; // We must make the shape and paper color transparent.

            // Don't draw a surronding line on the shape.
            shape.Stroked = false;

            // Move up through the DOM until we find node which is suitable to insert into a Shape (a node with a parent can contain paragraph, tables the same as a shape).
            // Each parent node is cloned on the way up so even a descendant node passed to this method can be rendered. 
            // Since we are working with the actual nodes of the document we need to clone the target node into the temporary shape.
            Node currentNode = node;
            while (!(currentNode.ParentNode is InlineStory || currentNode.ParentNode is Story || currentNode.ParentNode is ShapeBase))
                CompositeNode parent = (CompositeNode)currentNode.ParentNode.Clone(false);
                currentNode = currentNode.ParentNode;
                node = parent; // Store this new node to be inserted into the shape.

            // We must add the shape to the document tree to have it rendered.

            // Render the shape to stream so we can take advantage of the effects of the ImageSaveOptions class.
            // Retrieve the rendered image and remove the shape from the document.
            MemoryStream stream = new MemoryStream();
            shape.GetShapeRenderer().Save(stream, imageOptions);

            // Load the image into a new bitmap.
            using (Bitmap renderedImage = new Bitmap(stream))
                // Extract the actual content of the image by cropping transparent space around
                // the rendered shape.
                Rectangle cropRectangle = FindBoundingBoxAroundNode(renderedImage);

                Bitmap croppedImage = new Bitmap(cropRectangle.Width, cropRectangle.Height);
                croppedImage.SetResolution(imageOptions.Resolution, imageOptions.Resolution);

                // Create the final image with the proper background color.
                using (Graphics g = Graphics.FromImage(croppedImage))
                    g.DrawImage(renderedImage, new Rectangle(0, 0, croppedImage.Width, croppedImage.Height), cropRectangle.X, cropRectangle.Y, cropRectangle.Width, cropRectangle.Height, GraphicsUnit.Pixel);

        /// <summary>
        /// Finds the minimum bounding box around non-transparent pixels in a Bitmap.
        /// </summary>
        public static Rectangle FindBoundingBoxAroundNode(Bitmap originalBitmap)
            Point min = new Point(int.MaxValue, int.MaxValue);
            Point max = new Point(int.MinValue, int.MinValue);

            for (int x = 0; x < originalBitmap.Width; ++x)
                for (int y = 0; y < originalBitmap.Height; ++y)
                    // Note that you can speed up this part of the algorithm by using LockBits and unsafe code instead of GetPixel.
                    Color pixelColor = originalBitmap.GetPixel(x, y);

                    // For each pixel that is not transparent calculate the bounding box around it.
                    if (pixelColor.ToArgb() != Color.Empty.ToArgb())
                        min.X = Math.Min(x, min.X);
                        min.Y = Math.Min(y, min.Y);
                        max.X = Math.Max(x, max.X);
                        max.Y = Math.Max(y, max.Y);

            // Add one pixel to the width and height to avoid clipping.
            return new Rectangle(min.X, min.Y, (max.X - min.X) + 1, (max.Y - min.Y) + 1);


Last edited Mar 3, 2014 at 6:19 AM by asposemarketplace, version 3