Saturday, 10 March 2012

Simple WPF ColorPicker ComboBox

I needed a ColorPicker that could be embedded in a DataGrid, simple to operate and could save the color name in the database. A ComboBox seemed the obvious choice.
A simple list of colors is reasonably straightforward using a little Reflection:
      public List<string> SimpleColorList
            List<string> colorList = new List<string>();
            foreach (PropertyInfo pi in typeof(Colors).GetProperties())
            return colorList;
And bound it to a ComboBox. Using Mode=OneTime means the ColorList is only built once.
<ComboBox ItemsSource="{Binding Path=SimpleColorList, Mode=OneTime}"
            SelectedValue="{Binding SelectedColor}"
            Width="200" />
Adding a ItemTemplate to the ComboBox makes it a little more interesting:
<ComboBox ItemsSource="{Binding Path=SimpleColorList, Mode=OneTime}"
            SelectedValue="{Binding SelectedColor}"
         <StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal">
            <TextBlock Width="130"
                        Text="{Binding}" />
            <Border BorderBrush="Black"
The straight alphabetic sorted list is fine but I wanted to sort by "color", in general terms from lighter to darker. I found some code on the web that would convert the RGB into the HSL color space. (I'm afraid I can't find the code again so my apologies to its author for the lack of attribution).
   public static class HslValueConverter
      /// <summary>
      /// Converts a WPF RGB color to an HSL color
      /// </summary>
      /// <param name="rgbColor">The RGB color to convert.</param>
      /// <returns>An HSL color object equivalent to the RGB color object passed in.</returns>
      public static HslColor RgbToHsl(string name, Color rgbColor)
         // Initialize result
         var hslColor = new HslColor();
         hslColor.Name = name;

         // Convert RGB values to percentages
         double r = (double)rgbColor.R / 255;
         var g = (double)rgbColor.G / 255;
         var b = (double)rgbColor.B / 255;
         var a = (double)rgbColor.A / 255;

         // Find min and max RGB values
         var min = Math.Min(r, Math.Min(g, b));
         var max = Math.Max(r, Math.Max(g, b));
         var delta = max - min;

         /* If max and min are equal, that means we are dealing with 
          * a shade of gray. So we set H and S to zero, and L to either
          * max or min (it doesn't matter which), and  then we exit. */

         //Special case: Gray
         if (max == min)
            hslColor.Hue = 0;
            hslColor.Saturation = 0;
            hslColor.Lightness = max;
            return hslColor;

         /* If we get to this point, we know we don't have a shade of gray. */

         // Set L
         hslColor.Lightness = (min   max) / 2;

         // Set S
         if (hslColor.Lightness < 0.5)
            hslColor.Saturation = delta / (max   min);
            hslColor.Saturation = delta / (2.0 - max - min);

         // Set H
         if (r == max) hslColor.Hue = (g - b) / delta;
         if (g == max) hslColor.Hue = 2.0   (b - r) / delta;
         if (b == max) hslColor.Hue = 4.0   (r - g) / delta;
         hslColor.Hue *= 60;
         if (hslColor.Hue < 0) hslColor.Hue  = 360;

         // Set A
         hslColor.Alpha = a;

         // Set return value
         return hslColor;

   public struct HslColor
      public string Name { get; set; }
      public double Alpha;
      public double Hue;
      public double Lightness;
      public double Saturation;
Then I changed the property (Note: the property name has changed to SortedColorList, so the ComboBox Binding will have to be altered) "getter" to sort by Saturation, Hue and Lightness. I also decided to exclude the Transparent color.
      public List<string> SortedColourList
            List<HslColor> colorList = new List<HslColor>();
            foreach (PropertyInfo pi in typeof(Colors).GetProperties())
               Color color = (Color)pi.GetValue(null, null);
               // Only select non-Transparent colors
               if (color.A != 0) colorList.Add(HslValueConverter.RgbToHsl(pi.Name, color));
            return colorList.OrderBy(c => c.Saturation)
                         .OrderBy(c => c.Hue)
                         .OrderByDescending(c => c.Lightness)
                         .Select(c => c.Name).ToList<string>();
The SimpleColorPicker project is available on GoogleCode.

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