Generate BitmapSource from UIElement

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Published on 2009-05-06T21:28:45Z Indexed on 2010/05/03 8:38 UTC
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I am attempting to generate a BitmapFrame that is based on a UIElement. Here is my function:

private BitmapFrame RenderToBitmap2()
{
    RenderTargetBitmap renderBitmap = new RenderTargetBitmap(200, 200, 96, 96, PixelFormats.Pbgra32);

    DrawingVisual drawingVisual = new DrawingVisual();
    DrawingContext drawingContext = drawingVisual.RenderOpen();
    VisualBrush aVisualBrush = new VisualBrush(GenerateTestStackPanel());
    drawingContext.DrawRectangle(aVisualBrush, new Pen(Brushes.Green, 2), new Rect(new Size(150, 150)));

    drawingContext.Close();

    renderBitmap.Render(drawingVisual);

    return BitmapFrame.Create(renderBitmap);
}

For testing and debugging purposes, I am using an additional function that creates a simple StackFrame that should create a valid visual element that can be represented:

private StackPanel GenerateTestStackPanel()
{
    // Create a red Ellipse.
    Ellipse myEllipse = new Ellipse();

    myEllipse.Fill = Brushes.Green;
    myEllipse.StrokeThickness = 2;
    myEllipse.Stroke = Brushes.Black;

    // Set the width and height of the Ellipse.
    myEllipse.Width = 200;
    myEllipse.Height = 200;
    // Add the Ellipse to the StackPanel.
    StackPanel myStackPanel = new StackPanel();
    myStackPanel.Children.Add(myEllipse);
    return myStackPanel;
}

For some reason, the VisualBrush is not being rendered in the DrawRetangle(...) function. I can see the green border but nothing else. In addition, if I swap out the VisualBrush with a standard brush, it works great:

drawingContext.DrawRectangle(Brushes.Plum, new Pen(Brushes.Green, 2), new Rect(new Size(150, 150)));

Thanks in advance!

-Joel

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