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Construct a blank image canvas of specified size and color.

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MBS( "GMImage.New"; Geometry; Color )   More


Parameter Description Example
Geometry The rectangle. Geometry is specified as a width and height "100x200". With an optional offset "100x200+10+20". For percent values, add a percent on the end, for % values add a %: "100x200%!" "100x200"
Color A color value.
This can be a string in the following format "HSL h s l a", "YUV y u v a", "RGB r g b a", "MONO m a", "GRAY g a" or "COLOR R G B a". Alpha value a is optional. Range of values is 0 to 1.0 except if you use COLOR where RGB values are 0 to 65535.
Starting with version 5.4 of our plugin, you can use hex notation. # followed by 2 digits for red, green, blue and optional alpha, e.g. #FF0000 for full red.
"RGB 1 0 0"


Returns the ImageRef number on success.


Construct a blank image canvas of specified size and color.
Please call GMImage.Release later to free memory for this image.
Image reference numbers are starting at 18000 and counting up for each new image.


New white image:

MBS( "GMImage.New"; "16x16"; "white" )

New red image:

MBS( "GMImage.New"; "16x16"; "#FF0000" )

Create red square and save to container:

Set Variable [$img; Value:MBS( "GMImage.New"; "16x16"; "red" )]
Set Field [test::test; MBS( "GMImage.WriteToPNGContainer"; $img; "test.png" )]
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS( "GMImage.Release"; $img)]

Build in a calculation:

SetVars ( [

img = MBS( "GMImage.New"; "16x16"; "random" );
result = MBS( "GMImage.WriteToPNGContainer"; img; "test.png" );
r = MBS( "GMImage.Release"; img)

]; result )

Create picture with red and 50% alpha:

#Create picture
Set Variable [$img; Value:MBS( "GMImage.New"; "16x16"; "white")]
#Add alpha channel
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS( "GMImage.SetMatte"; $img; 1)]
#Set background color and fill
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS( "GMImage.SetBackgroundColor"; $img; "COLOR 65535 0 0 0.5")]
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS( "GMImage.Erase"; $img)]
#Write to field
Set Variable [$pic; Value:MBS( "GMImage.WriteToPNGContainer"; $img; "test.png" )]
Set Field [test::r; $pic]
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS( "GMImage.Release"; $img)]

Create a transparent picture by erasing with transparent color:

Set Variable [ $img ; Value: MBS("GMImage.New"; $width & "x" & $height; "RGB 1 1 1") ]
Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.SetMatte"; $img; 1) ]
Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.SetBackgroundColor"; $img; "transparent") ]
Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS("GMImage.Erase"; $img) ]

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Created 18th August 2014, last changed 11st April 2023

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