Step-by-step tutorial to merge text on image (customize live tiles) and save it into the media library – Windows Phone 8 – Visual Studio 2012 using C#


Would you like to update your live tiles to a customized one? Here is the step by step tutorial on how to merge text on an image.

To merge text and image into a single image, we have to convert the image to a writable bitmap, render the text over the image and position it, and then save the image.

Let’s say I have an image “myImage”


1) Create a textblock and name it “textblock1”

2) Assign some text to the textblock

textblock1.Text = “Good morning”;

3) Convert the image to a writeable bitmap

WriteableBitmap wb = new WriteableBitmap((BitmapSource)myImage.Source);

4) Position the textblock over the writeable bitmap

wb.Render(textblock1, new TranslateTransform() { X = 25, Y = 191 });

5) Save the image as jpeg to the media library

using (MemoryStream stream = new MemoryStream())
wb.SaveJpeg(stream, wb.PixelWidth, wb.PixelHeight, 0, 100);
stream.Seek(0, SeekOrigin.Begin);
using (MediaLibrary mediaLibrary = new MediaLibrary())
mediaLibrary.SavePicture(“Picture.jpg”, stream);
MessageBox.Show(“Picture Saved…”);



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