Laura et al > Not sure if this will help, > But looking through some SDK examples I noticed two potential > differences. > 1. Use the full path to the file, ex. > @"c:some\path\to\image\image.bmp" Having looked at the implementation for the Bitmap constructor being used, Path.GetFullPath(filename) is called within the constructor. Thus, I think a relative path may suffice. Have you tried: Bitmap bgImage = new Bitmap(@"Images\ClosedDoor.gif"); > 2. Add boolean true after the image path, ex. > Bitmap bgImage = new Bitmap(@"c:\Images\ClosedDoor.bmp", true); The second argument just specifies that Image Colour Management be used. <http://windowssdk.msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms532275.aspx> -- Chris Marsh Software Developer t: +44 20 8246 4804 x828 f: +44 20 8246 4808 e: chris at globet.com w: http://www.globet.com/ Any opinions expressed in this email are those of the individual and not necessarily the Company. This message is intended for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is confidential and privileged and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please contact the sender immediately and delete it from your system.