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Getting Started with WPF ImageEditor

This tutorial will walk you through the creation of a sample application that contains RadImageEditor.

Assembly references

In order to use RadImageEditor in your projects, you have to add references to the following assemblies:

  • Telerik.Windows.Controls

  • Telerik.Windows.Controls.ImageEditor

  • Telerik.Windows.Controls.Input

Adding Telerik Assemblies Using NuGet

To use RadImageEditor when working with NuGet packages, install the Telerik.Windows.Controls.ImageEditor.for.Wpf.Xaml package. The package name may vary slightly based on the Telerik dlls set - Xaml or NoXaml

Read more about NuGet installation in the Installing UI for WPF from NuGet Package article.

Adding RadImageEditor to the Project

The next few code examples will demonstrate how to add a RadImageEditor in XAML, load a sample picture and execute a command on that picture. Example 1 showcases a RadImageEditor and a Button defined in XAML.

Example 1: Defining a RadImageEditor in xaml

        <RowDefinition /> 
        <RowDefinition Height="Auto" /> 
    <telerik:RadImageEditor x:Name="ImageEditor"/> 
    <Button Click="Button_Click" Content="Rotate picture" Grid.Row="1" /> 

Example 2 shows the telerik namespace used in Example 1:

Example 2: Telerik Namespace declaration

In order to show a picture, you can set the Image property of the RadImageEditor. It is of type RadBitmap. Example 3 demonstrates how you can use the ImageExampleHelper class in order to load an Image. It assumes that there is a folder named "SampleImages" with an image named "RadImageEditor.png" inside the project.

Example 3: Load image in RadImageEditor

public partial class MainWindow : Window 
    public MainWindow() 
        ImageExampleHelper.LoadSampleImage(this.ImageEditor, "RadImageEditor.png"); 
    private void Button_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e) 
Partial Public Class MainWindow 
Inherits Window 
    Public Sub New() 
        ImageExampleHelper.LoadSampleImage(Me.ImageEditor, "RadImageEditor.png") 
    End Sub 
    Private Sub Button_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As RoutedEventArgs) 
    End Sub 
End Class 

Example 4: ImageExampleHelper used in Example 3

public class ImageExampleHelper 
    private static string SampleImageFolder = "SampleImages/"; 
    public static void LoadSampleImage(RadImageEditor imageEditor, string image) 
        using (Stream stream = Application.GetResourceStream(GetResourceUri(SampleImageFolder + image)).Stream) 
            imageEditor.Image = new Telerik.Windows.Media.Imaging.RadBitmap(stream); 
            imageEditor.ScaleFactor = 0; 
    public static Uri GetResourceUri(string resource) 
        AssemblyName assemblyName = new AssemblyName(typeof(ImageExampleHelper).Assembly.FullName); 
        string resourcePath = "/" + assemblyName.Name + ";component/" + resource; 
        Uri resourceUri = new Uri(resourcePath, UriKind.Relative); 
        return resourceUri; 
Public Class ImageExampleHelper 
Private Shared SampleImageFolder As String = "SampleImages/" 
Public Shared Sub LoadSampleImage(ByVal imageEditor As RadImageEditor, ByVal image As String) 
    Using stream As Stream = Application.GetResourceStream(GetResourceUri(SampleImageFolder & image)).Stream 
        imageEditor.Image = New Telerik.Windows.Media.Imaging.RadBitmap(stream) 
        imageEditor.ScaleFactor = 0 
    End Using 
End Sub 
Public Shared Function GetResourceUri(ByVal resource As String) As Uri 
    Dim assemblyName As New AssemblyName(GetType(ImageExampleHelper).Assembly.FullName) 
    Dim resourcePath As String = "/" & assemblyName.Name & ";component/" & resource 
    Dim resourceUri As New Uri(resourcePath, UriKind.Relative) 
    Return resourceUri 
End Function 
End Class 

Figure 1: Result from the above examples

RadImageEditor rotating image

Commands and Tools

Example 3 demonstrates the usage of a single command over the loaded image. However, the RadImageEditor provides many more Commands and Tools, which can be executed both in code-behind or XAML.


RadImageEditor is easy to integrate with all kinds of UI thanks to the commanding mechanism that it employs. It has a good-to-go UI that comes out of the box. That is RadImageEditorUI, which is quite easily wired to work with the commands and tools that RadImageEditor exposes. As both controls follow closely the command pattern, they can be set up to work with little to no code-behind. However, you can implement and wire custom UI, too.

Setting a Theme

The controls from our suite support different themes. You can see how to apply a theme different than the default one in the Setting a Theme help article.

Changing the theme using implicit styles will affect all controls that have styles defined in the merged resource dictionaries. This is applicable only for the controls in the scope in which the resources are merged.

To change the theme, you can follow the steps below:

  • Choose between the themes and add reference to the corresponding theme assembly (ex: Telerik.Windows.Themes.Windows8.dll). You can see the different themes applied in the Theming examples from our WPF Controls Examples application.

  • Merge the ResourceDictionaries with the namespace required for the controls that you are using from the theme assembly. For the RadImageEditor, you will need to merge the following resources:

    • Telerik.Windows.Controls
    • Telerik.Windows.Controls.Input
    • Telerik.Windows.Controls.ImageEditor

Example 4 demonstrates how to merge the ResourceDictionaries so that they are applied globally for the entire application.

Example 4: Merge the ResourceDictionaries

            <ResourceDictionary Source="/Telerik.Windows.Themes.Windows8;component/Themes/System.Windows.xaml"/> 
            <ResourceDictionary Source="/Telerik.Windows.Themes.Windows8;component/Themes/Telerik.Windows.Controls.xaml"/> 
            <ResourceDictionary Source="/Telerik.Windows.Themes.Windows8;component/Themes/Telerik.Windows.Controls.Input.xaml"/> 
            <ResourceDictionary Source="/Telerik.Windows.Themes.Windows8;component/Themes/Telerik.Windows.Controls.ImageEditor.xaml"/> 

Alternatively, you can use the theme of the control via the StyleManager.

Figure 2 shows a RadImageEditor with the Windows8 theme applied.

Figure 2: RadImageEditor with the Windows8 theme

RadImageEditor with Windows8 theme

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