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How to Add Images in PDF using C#

Updated June 20, 2022
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Introduction

From a developer's perspective, programmatically adding images to PDF documents is a challenging task due to the variety of image formats and their complexity to manipulate. Therefore, the IronPDF C# library is recommended to add images to the PDF document programmatically. Let's explore what IronPDF is and how to use it effectively.

IronPDF: C# PDF Library

The IronPDF C# library is a PDF library written in C# and targeting the PDF object model. This library provides the developer with a way to create, edit and save PDF files without the need to tightly maintain relevance to specific APIs such as Adobe's Acrobat. The IronPDF C# library can be used when you don't want to use Adobe Acrobat or another individual piece of software.

This library assists developers with plenty of tools for creating, editing, and saving PDF files and features that other .NET PDF libraries do not offer. Many developers prefer the IronPDF C# library because it provides everything they are looking for in a PDF library on Windows, Linux, and MacOS platforms, and at no cost whatsoever! IronPDF constantly adds features and extends its services to make it the best utility for your PDF needs. The library excels beyond the bare-bones requirements for those who need to browse, search, find, extract data or create PDF files. Let's take a look at how the IronPDF is used to add images to a PDF document.

Create or Open C# Project

To add images to a PDF document, the latest version of Visual Studio is recommended for creating a C# project for a smooth experience.

  • Open Visual Studio.

How to Add Images in PDF using C#, Figure 1: Visual Studio starting up UI Visual Studio starting up UI

  • Click on the "Create a New Project" button.
  • Select "C# Console Application" from the Project templates and click on the Next button. You can choose a platform according to your needs.

How to Add Images in PDF using C#, Figure 2: Create a Console Application in Visual Studio Create a Console Application in Visual Studio

  • Next, give a name to your project and click on the Next button.
  • Choose Target .NET Framework >= .NET Core 3.1 version and click on the Create button.

By following the above steps, you will be able to create a new C# project easily. You can use an already existing C# project. Just open the project and install the IronPDF library.

Install the IronPDF Library

The IronPDF library can be installed in multiple ways.

  • Using NuGet Package Manager
  • Using Package Manager Console

Using NuGet Package Manager

To install the library using NuGet Package Manager, follow the steps below:

  • Go to Tools > NuGet Package Manager > Manage NuGet Package for Solution from the main menu options.

How to Add Images in PDF using C#, Figure 3: Navigate to NuGet Package Manager Navigate to NuGet Package Manager

  • This will open the NuGet Package Manager windows. Go to the browse tab and search for IronPDF. Select the IronPDF library and click on the "Install" button.

How to Add Images in PDF using C#, Figure 4: Install the IronPdf package from the NuGet Package Manager Install the IronPdf package from the NuGet Package Manager

Using Package Manager Console

Below are the steps to install the IronPDF library using the Console.

  • Go to the Package Manager Console (usually located at the bottom of Visual Studio).
  • Write the following command to start the installation of the IronPDF library.
Install-Package IronPdf

It will start the installation, and you will be able to see the progress of the installation. After installation, you will be able to use the IronPDF library in your project very quickly.

How to Add Images in PDF using C#, Figure 5:


The library has been installed, and now it's time to write code for adding images to the PDF document. Starting with importing the IronPDF namespace. So, write the following line in your code file:

using IronPdf;
using IronPdf;
Imports IronPdf
VB   C#

Adding Bitmaps and Images to the PDF Document

There are multiple ways to add images to PDF documents using IronPDF: use a direct image file, convert images to bytes, or use System.Drawing.Bitmap. Furthermore, the IronPDF library supports multiple image formats.

Let's take a look:

using IronPdf;
using System.IO;
using System.Drawing;
/* Example 1: From an Image File or Bytes*/

static void Main(string [] args)
{
    var renderer = new IronPdf.ChromePdfRenderer();

    var pngBinaryData = File.ReadAllBytes("embed_me.png");

    var ImgDataURI = @"data:image/png;base64," + Convert.ToBase64String(base64bytes);
    var ImgHtml = $"<img src='{ImgDataURI}'>";

    using var pdfdoc = renderer.RenderHtmlAsPdf(ImgHtml);
    pdfdoc.SaveAs("embeded_example_1.pdf");
}
using IronPdf;
using System.IO;
using System.Drawing;
/* Example 1: From an Image File or Bytes*/

static void Main(string [] args)
{
    var renderer = new IronPdf.ChromePdfRenderer();

    var pngBinaryData = File.ReadAllBytes("embed_me.png");

    var ImgDataURI = @"data:image/png;base64," + Convert.ToBase64String(base64bytes);
    var ImgHtml = $"<img src='{ImgDataURI}'>";

    using var pdfdoc = renderer.RenderHtmlAsPdf(ImgHtml);
    pdfdoc.SaveAs("embeded_example_1.pdf");
}
Imports IronPdf
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Drawing
' Example 1: From an Image File or Bytes

Shared Sub Main(ByVal args() As String)
	Dim renderer = New IronPdf.ChromePdfRenderer()

	Dim pngBinaryData = File.ReadAllBytes("embed_me.png")

	Dim ImgDataURI = "data:image/png;base64," & Convert.ToBase64String(base64bytes)
	Dim ImgHtml = $"<img src='{ImgDataURI}'>"

	Dim pdfdoc = renderer.RenderHtmlAsPdf(ImgHtml)
	pdfdoc.SaveAs("embeded_example_1.pdf")
End Sub
VB   C#

This program will load the image first. The ReadAllBytes function converts the image into bytes format in the above code. After that, the image data will be encoded into base64 and placed into an HTML tag as a string. After that, the HTML string will be rendered to PDF by using the RenderHtmlAsPdf function. It will create a PDF page in the PDF document.

The next example will show how to use the Bitmap image in the PDF document. IronPDF has a beneficial method to embed a System.Drawing.Image to an HTML document which may then be rendered as a PDF. Visit the following API link about ImageUtilities to understand more about it. The following code will show how it works:

/* Example 2: From a System.Drawing.Bitmap */

//System.Drawing.BitMap MyImage

string DataURI =  IronPdf.Util.ImageToDataUri(MyImage);
var ImgHtml = $"<img src='{DataURI}'>";
using var pdfdoc2 = renderer.RenderHtmlAsPdf(ImgHtml);
pdfdoc2.SaveAs("emeded_example_2.pdf");
/* Example 2: From a System.Drawing.Bitmap */

//System.Drawing.BitMap MyImage

string DataURI =  IronPdf.Util.ImageToDataUri(MyImage);
var ImgHtml = $"<img src='{DataURI}'>";
using var pdfdoc2 = renderer.RenderHtmlAsPdf(ImgHtml);
pdfdoc2.SaveAs("emeded_example_2.pdf");
' Example 2: From a System.Drawing.Bitmap 

'System.Drawing.BitMap MyImage

Dim DataURI As String = IronPdf.Util.ImageToDataUri(MyImage)
Dim ImgHtml = $"<img src='{DataURI}'>"
Dim pdfdoc2 = renderer.RenderHtmlAsPdf(ImgHtml)
pdfdoc2.SaveAs("emeded_example_2.pdf")
VB   C#

In the above code, the ImageToDataUri function is used to convert it into URI and then the operator draws the image to a PDF document using the RenderHtmlAsPdf function. This applies to multiple images.

Additionally, IronPDF is also capable of rendering charts in PDFs, adding barcodes, enhancing security with passwords and watermarking, and even handling PDF forms programmatically.

Licensing

IronPDF is an excellent PDF library that assists you in creating and customizing PDF files, and it is available to purchase today. However, IronPDF is entirely free for development purposes. You can also activate the free trial version for production without any payment details. After purchasing IronPDF, Iron Software makes you a fantastic offer to purchase five Iron Software packages for the price of just two. Yes! You heard right — you can purchase a suite of five Iron Software products for the price of just two. Buy it now! Visit our licensing page for more details.

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