drawline

Create customizable linear ROI

Description

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roi = drawline creates a Line ROI object and enables interactive drawing of a linear region-of-interest (ROI) on the current axes.

To draw the ROI, position the pointer on the image. The cursor changes to a fleur shape. Click and drag to draw the Line ROI. To finish the ROI, release the mouse button. For more information about using the ROI, including keyboard shortcuts and context menu options, see Tips.

Note

drawline is a convenience function for creating an Line ROI object. If you create the ROI object directly, calling Line, you must call the draw object function to enable interactive drawing of the ROI. In contrast, the drawline function creates the ROI object and calls the draw object function for you. Whichever way you create the ROI, you use object properties, object functions, and event notifications to customize its appearance and behavior. For more information about using these capabilities, see Tips.

roi = drawline(ax) creates the ROI in the axes specified by ax.

roi = drawline(___,Name,Value) modifies the appearance and behavior of the ROI using one or more name-value pairs. Unspecified name-value pairs are set to the default value.

Examples

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Read an image into the workspace and display it.

imshow(imread('car1.jpg'))

Draw two linear ROIs on the image. Use the 'SelectedColor' name-value pair to specify the color of the ROI when selected.

h1 = drawline('SelectedColor','yellow');
h2 = drawline('SelectedColor','magenta');

To turn the first line yellow, select the ROI programatically. You can also select an ROI by clicking it with the mouse. Click the second ROI to turn it magenta.

h1.Selected = true;

Read an image into the workspace and display it.

I = imread('baby.jpg');
figure
imshow(I)

Draw a linear ROI over the image. Use the 'Position' name-value pair to specify the location and length of the linear ROI. Set the line to be striped red by specifying the 'StripeColor' name-value pair.

h = drawline('Position',[500 500;500 1500],'StripeColor','r');

Read an image into the workspace.

I = imread('cameraman.tif'); 

Display the image.

imshow(I);

Draw a Line ROI on the image.

roi = drawline('Color','r');

Set up listeners for ROI moving events. When you move it, the ROI sends notifications of these events and executes the callback function you specify.

addlistener(roi,'MovingROI',@allevents);
addlistener(roi,'ROIMoved',@allevents);

The allevents callback function displays the previous position and the current position of the ROI.

function allevents(src,evt)
    evname = evt.EventName;
    switch(evname)
        case{'MovingROI'}
            disp(['ROI moving previous position: ' mat2str(evt.PreviousPosition)]);
            disp(['ROI moving current position: ' mat2str(evt.CurrentPosition)]);
        case{'ROIMoved'}
            disp(['ROI moved previous position: ' mat2str(evt.PreviousPosition)]);
            disp(['ROI moved current position: ' mat2str(evt.CurrentPosition)]);
    end
end

Input Arguments

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Parent axes of the ROI, specified as an Axes object or a UIAxes object. For information about using an ROI in a UIAxes, including important limitations, see Using ROIs in Apps Created with App Designer.

Name-Value Pair Arguments

Specify optional comma-separated pairs of Name,Value arguments. Name is the argument name and Value is the corresponding value. Name must appear inside quotes. You can specify several name and value pair arguments in any order as Name1,Value1,...,NameN,ValueN.

Example: roi = drawline('LineWidth',4);

ROI color, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'Color' and a MATLAB® ColorSpec (Color Specification) value.

Example: 'green'

Example: 'g'

Example: [0 1 0]

ROI can be interactively deleted via a context menu, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'Deletable' and a logical value of true or false. When the value is true (default), you can delete the ROI via the context menu. To disable this context menu item, set 'Deletable' to false. When the value is set to false, you can still delete the ROI by calling the delete function, specifying the handle to the ROI as the input.

Area of the axes in which you can interactively place the ROI, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'DrawingArea' and one of the values in this table.

ValueDescription
'auto'The drawing area is the current axes limits (default).
'unlimited'The drawing area has no boundary and ROIs can be drawn or dragged to extend beyond the axes limits.
[x,y,w,h]The drawing area is restricted to a rectangle beginning at (x,y), with width w and height h.

Visibility of the ROI handle in the Children property of the parent, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'HandleVisibility' and one of the values in this table.

ValueDescription
'on'The object handle is always visible (default).
'off'The object handle is hidden at all times.
'callback'The object handle is visible from within callbacks or functions invoked by callbacks, but not from within functions invoked from the command line.

Interactivity of the ROI, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'InteractionsAllowed' and one of the values in this table.

ValueDescription
'all'The ROI is fully interactable (default).
'none'The ROI is not interactable, and no drag points are visible.
'translate'ROI can be translated (moved) within the drawing area but not reshaped.
'reshape'ROI can be reshaped within the drawing area but not translated.

ROI label, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'Label' and a character vector or string. By default, this property is set to an empty array ('') and the ROI has no label.

Visibility of the ROI label, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'LabelVisible' and one of these values.

ValueDescription
'on'Label is visible when the ROI is visible, and the Label property is nonempty (default).
'hover'

Label is visible only when the mouse hovers over the ROI.

'off'Label is not visible.

Width of the ROI edge, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'LineWidth' and a positive numeric scalar in points. The default value is three times the number of points per screen pixel.

ROI parent, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'Parent' and an Axes or UIAxes object. For information about using an ROI in a UIAxes, including important limitations, see Using ROIs in Apps Created with App Designer.

Position of the ROI, specified as a 2-by-2 array of the form [x1 y1; x2 y2]. Each row specifies the respective end-point of the linear ROI. This value changes automatically when you draw or move the line.

Selection state of the ROI, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'Selected' and true or false. You can also set this value interactively. For example, clicking the ROI selects it and sets this value to true. Similarly, if you Ctrl-click the ROI, deselects it and sets this value to false.

Color of the ROI when selected, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'SelectedColor' and a MATLAB ColorSpec (Color Specification). If 'SelectedColor' is set to 'none', then the value of Color defines the color of the ROI for all states, selected or not.

Example: 'green'

Example: 'g'

Example: [0 1 0]

Color of the ROI stripe, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'StripeColor' and a MATLAB ColorSpec (Color Specification) value. If you specify 'StripeColor', the ROI edge is striped. The striping consists of a combination of the value specified by 'Color' and this value.

Example: 'green'

Example: 'g'

Example: [0 1 0]

Tag to associate with the ROI, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'Tag' and a character vector or string scalar. Use the tag value to find the ROI object in a hierarchy of objects by using the findobj function.

Context menu, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'UIContextMenu' and a ContextMenu object creating using the uicontextmenu function. Specify this name-value pair to display a custom context menu when you right-click the ROI. To create a custom context menu, create a ContextMenu object, by using the uicontextmenu function, and then configure context menu properties.

Data to associate with the ROI, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'UserData' and any MATLAB data. For example, you can specify a scalar, vector, matrix, cell array, string, character array, table, or structure. MATLAB does not use this data.

ROI visibility, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'Visible' and one of the values in this table.

ValueDescription
'on'Specify this value to display the ROI (default).
'off'Specify this value to hide the ROI without deleting it. You still can access the properties of a hidden ROI.

Output Arguments

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Linear ROI, returned as a Line object.

Tips

  • The ROI supports the following interactivity, including keyboard shortcuts.

    BehaviorKeyboard shortcut
    Make drawn line snap to 15 degree angles.Hold the Shift key while drawing.
    Cancel drawing the ROI.Press Esc. The function returns a valid ROI object with an empty Position field.
    Resize the ROI.

    Position pointer over either endpoint and then click and drag to resize the ROI. Hold the Shift key while resizing to snap the line drawn at 15 degree angles.

    Move the ROI.Position the pointer over the ROI. The pointer changes to the fleur shape. Then click and drag the ROI.
    Delete the ROI.Position the pointer anywhere on the ROI and right-click. Select Delete Line from the context menu. You can also delete the ROI using the delete object function.
  • The drawline function returns an Line ROI object. After creation, use these capabilities of the object to customize the appearance and behavior of the ROI.

    • Object properties — ROI objects support properties that modify their appearance or behavior. For example, to change the color of the roi to yellow, set its Color property, roi.Color = 'yellow'.

    • Object functions — ROI objects support a set of object functions that operate on the ROIs. For example, if you want to pause the MATLAB command line after creating an ROI, call the wait object function.

    • Event notifications — ROI objects can notify your code when certain events, such as being moved or clicked, happen to the ROI. To receive these notifications, use the addlistener object function to set up listeners for specific events. In the listener, specify an event, such as 'ROIMoved', and a callback function that executes when the event occurs. When the ROI notifies your application through the listener, it returns data specific to the event. For example, with the 'ROIMoved' event, the ROI object returns its previous position and its current position.

    For an example of using event listeners with the Line object, see Set Up Listener for Line ROI Events. For more details about these capabilities, see the Line object documentation.

Introduced in R2018b