background color

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    l'Anziano DavidP's Avatar
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    background color

    i am looking for a program that will report to me the background color of any pixel on the screen, so like if i was hovering my mouse over a picture it would tell me the color of the pixel that the mouse was currently sitting over...

    anyone know of such a program? i have seen one before, but dont know where to get it
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    Software Developer jverkoey's Avatar
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    whee, you need the code for it?

    Check out my runescape miner program in my portfolio:
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    the code is in editmain.cpp in the source code

    here's the code so you don't have to search for it
        // Grab the display's rendering context
        HDC hDC;
        hDC = CreateDC("DISPLAY",0,0,0);
        // Cursor position, wheee
        POINT Cursor;
        // It's stored as RGB or BGR or something, slipping my mind right now
        COLORREF color;
        // Clean up, yaay!
        // Outputting junk for the win32 box...
        char Text[128];
        SetWindowText(GetDlgItem(hwnd,IDC_PIXELCOLORHEX), Text);
        SetWindowText(GetDlgItem(hwnd,IDC_PIXELCOLORB), Text);
        SetWindowText(GetDlgItem(hwnd,IDC_PIXELCOLORG), Text);
        SetWindowText(GetDlgItem(hwnd,IDC_PIXELCOLORR), Text);
        SetWindowText(GetDlgItem(hwnd,IDC_PIXELX), Text);
        SetWindowText(GetDlgItem(hwnd,IDC_PIXELY), Text);
    Have fun dissecting that, it's not too tough, really all you need is the first block of code

    yah, it's stored as BGR in the hex value
    Last edited by jverkoey; 07-21-2004 at 12:57 AM. Reason: damn WYSIWYG lied to me, AGAIN!!

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    Yes, my avatar is stolen anonytmouse's Avatar
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    #include <windows.h>
    #pragma comment(lib, "gdi32.lib")
    #pragma comment(lib, "user32.lib")
    INT WINAPI WinMain(HINSTANCE hInstance, HINSTANCE reserved, LPSTR lpCommand, INT nCmdShow)
    	MSG      msg         = { 0 };
    	HWND     hwndEdit;
    	POINT    pt;
    	HDC      hdc;
    	COLORREF clr, clrOld = RGB(1,1,1);
    	TCHAR    buf[100];
    	if (!(hdc = GetDC(NULL))) return -1;
    	if (!(hwndEdit = CreateWindowEx(0, TEXT("EDIT"), TEXT("ColorHack"),
    	                                WS_OVERLAPPEDWINDOW | WS_VISIBLE | ES_READONLY,
    	                                0, 0, 200, 90,
    	                                NULL, NULL, hInstance, NULL))) return -1;
    	SetWindowPos(hwndEdit, HWND_TOPMOST, 0, 0, 0, 0, SWP_NOMOVE | SWP_NOSIZE);
    	SetWindowText(hwndEdit, TEXT("Hold down H to activate!"));
    	while (TRUE)
    		while (PeekMessage(&msg, NULL, 0, 0, PM_REMOVE))
    		if (!IsWindow(hwndEdit))
    		if ((GetAsyncKeyState('H') & 0x8000) && GetCursorPos(&pt))
    			if ((clr = GetPixel(hdc, pt.x, pt.y)) != CLR_INVALID &&
    			    clr != clrOld)
    				clrOld = clr;
    				wsprintf(buf, TEXT("%02x%02x%02x"), 
    				                GetRValue(clr), GetGValue(clr), GetBValue(clr));
    				SetWindowText(hwndEdit, buf);
    	return 0;

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    Try out Pixie.
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