You must call GdiplusStartup before you create any GDI+ objects, and you must delete all of your GDI+ objects (or have them go out of scope) before you call GdiplusShutdown.
You can call GdiplusStartup on one thread and call GdiplusShutdown on another thread as long as you delete all of your GDI+ objects (or have them go out of scope) before you call GdiplusShutdown.
Do not call GdiplusStartup or GdiplusShutdown in DllMain or in any function that is called by DllMain. If you want to create a DLL that uses GDI+, you should use one of the following techniques to initialize GDI+:
Require your clients to call GdiplusStartup before they call the functions in your DLL and to call GdiplusShutdown when they have finished using your DLL.
Export your own startup function that calls GdiplusStartup and your own shutdown function that calls GdiplusShutdown. Require your clients to call your startup function before they call other functions in your DLL and to call your shutdown function when they have finished using your DLL.
Call GdiplusStartup and GdiplusShutdown in each of your functions that make GDI+ calls.