Re: how to clear the image from jpanel

Knute Johnson <>
Thu, 28 Oct 2010 14:45:21 -0700
On 10/28/2010 11:50 AM, John B. Matthews wrote:

In article<ddhyo.3138$lM.1269@newsfe23.iad>,
  Knute Johnson<> wrote:

On 10/28/2010 6:30 AM, jimgardener wrote:

I have an ImagePanel subclassed from JPanel ,where I can set an image

class ImagePanel extends JPanel{
    private BufferedImage bi;
    public ImagePanel(){
    public void setImage(String imagefilename) throws IOException{
        bi = File(imagefilename));
        this.setPreferredSize(new Dimension(bi.getWidth(),bi.getHeight()));

    public void paintComponent(Graphics g) {

I can set the image by giving an image filename.But I wish to clear
the previous image from the panel,thus showing a blank image
panel,if a user supplies an invalid image name. How can I do
this?Can someone please tell me?


If no image gets loaded, set the reference to null and test for that
in the paintComponent() method and don't draw the image just clear
the background.

Knute's right; and if you forget the test, as I have sometimes done, the
drawImage() method "does nothing if img is null."


I never noticed that before. I must have been trying to protect against
a NullPointerException that never gets thrown.


Knute Johnson
email s/nospam/knute2010/

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