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Auto calculating bounding box from texture in Monogame / XNA

Posted on: January 16th, 2014 by admin 2 Comments

My current project involves thousands of frames of animation. If I were to determine the bounding boxes of all these frames by hand, it would be very tedious. Instead, I decided to auto calculate all the bounding boxes. To better illustrate this, take a look at the following animation:
dynamic hit box

Notice how the red portion (bounding box) automatically re-sizes based on the current frame of the animation. Having these dynamic bounding boxes helps greatly when dealing with collision detection and collision response.

The idea behind this is quite simple. When loading your images into your game, you calculate the smallest rectangle possible, based on the pixel data. If a pixel is transparent, we do not include it in our rectangle, otherwise, we do. Take a look at the following code:
public static class CalculateBounds
    //Get smallest rectangle from Texture, cased on color
    public static Rectangle GetSmallestRectangleFromTexture(Texture2D Texture)
        //Create our index of sprite frames
        Color[,] Colors = TextureTo2DArray(Texture);

        //determine the min/max bounds
        int x1 = 9999999, y1 = 9999999;
        int x2 = -999999, y2 = -999999;

        for (int a = 0; a < Texture.Width; a++)
            for (int b = 0; b < Texture.Height; b++)
                //If we find a non transparent pixel, update bounds if required
                if (Colors[a, b].A != 0)
                    if (x1 > a) x1 = a;
                    if (x2 < a) x2 = a;

                    if (y1 > b) y1 = b;
                    if (y2 < b) y2 = b;

        //We now have our smallest possible rectangle for this texture
        return new Rectangle(x1, y1, x2 - x1 + 1, y2 - y1 + 1);

    //convert texture to 2d array
    private static Color[,] TextureTo2DArray(Texture2D texture)
        //Texture.GetData returns a 1D array
        Color[] colors1D = new Color[texture.Width * texture.Height];

        //convert the 1D array to 2D for easier processing
        Color[,] colors2D = new Color[texture.Width, texture.Height];
        for (int x = 0; x < texture.Width; x++)
            for (int y = 0; y < texture.Height; y++)
                colors2D[x, y] = colors1D[x + y * texture.Width];

        return colors2D;
Run the calculations during your loading phase of your game once, and all your images will have pre-calculated their bounding box data.

You can further optimize by running the calculations once, and saving the bounds data to file. Then load the pre-calculated data when you run your game.

Feel free to download the demo project source code.

Contact me with any questions or comments.

2 Responses

Krishan commented on September 29, 2017 at 5:51 am

Hey there,

First of all thanks for this great article!

I would like to know how you calculate the position of the bounding box? Our maybe I should ask more about how you calculate your characters position if the texture is higher/wider than the character itself?

Would love to read more monogame tutorials by you.

Best regards,


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