How to create a Bitmap deep copy

I’m dealing with Bitmaps in my application and for some purposes I need to create a deep copy of the Bitmap. Is there an elegant way how to do it?

I tried

Bitmap deepCopy = original.Clone();

,well apparently this doesn’t create a deep copy, but shallow one. My next attempt was to create a new Bitmap

Bitmap deepCopy = new Bitmap(original);

Unfortunately this constructor is Bitmap(Image), not Bitmap(Bitmap) and Bitmap(Image) will convert my nice 8bppIndexed Pixelformat into a different one.

Another attempt was to use of a MemoryStream

public static Bitmap CreateBitmapDeepCopy(Bitmap source)
    Bitmap result;
    using (MemoryStream stream = new MemoryStream())
        source.Save(stream, ImageFormat.Bmp);
        stream.Seek(0, SeekOrigin.Begin);
        result = new Bitmap(stream);
    return result;

Well, this doesn’t work either, since the MemoryStream has to be opened during the whole lifetime of Bitmap.

So, I’ve summed up all my deadends and I’d really like to see a nice elegant way of creating a Bitmap deep copy. Thanks for that 🙂


B.Clone(new Rectangle(0, 0, B.Width, B.Height), B.PixelFormat)

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