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Get type of information displayed in Pixel Region tool as character vector



pixval = getDefaultPixelRegionString(imgmodel) returns a default pixel value character vector matching the information displayed in the Pixel Region tool, based on the type of image in imgmodel. This character vector can be used in place of actual pixel information values.


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Pixel values obtained from an imagemodel object can be returned in several formats suitable for display in different interactive image processing tools.

Create an image model associated with a color image.

h = imshow('flamingos.jpg');

Figure contains an axes object. The axes object contains an object of type image.

im = imagemodel(h)
im =
IMAGEMODEL object accessing an image with these properties:

       ClassType: 'uint8'
    DisplayRange: []
     ImageHeight: 972
       ImageType: 'truecolor'
      ImageWidth: 1296
    MinIntensity: []
    MaxIntensity: []


Select a pixel by specifying row and column coordinates. This pixel has (row, column) coordinates (100, 200).

r = 100;
c = 200;

Get the numeric value of the pixel using the getPixelValue function.

pxValue = getPixelValue(im,r,c)
pxValue = 1x3 uint8 row vector

   104    95    54

Get the default pixel information string using the getDefaultPixelInfoString function. This string depends on the type of image but does not use the pixel values. The pixel information string is suitable for use with the Pixel Information tool.

defaultPxInfoStr = getDefaultPixelInfoString(im)
defaultPxInfoStr = 
'[R G B]'

Using the same string format, get the pixel information string for the specified pixel by using the getPixelInfoString function.

pxInfoStr = getPixelInfoString(im,r,c)
pxInfoStr = 
'[104 95 54]'

Get the default pixel region string using the getDefaultPixelRegionString function. This string depends on the type of image but does not use the pixel values. The pixel region string is suitable for use with the Pixel Region tool.

defaultPxRegStr = getDefaultPixelRegionString(im)
defaultPxRegStr = 

There are two steps to get the pixel region string for the specified pixel in the same string format. First, get a function formatFcn that formats numeric pixel values by using the getPixelRegionFormatFcn function. Then, specify the row and column coordinate of the pixel as input arguments to formatFcn to get the formatted string.

formatFcn = getPixelRegionFormatFcn(im);
pxRegStr = formatFcn(r,c)
pxRegStr = 1x1 cell array

Input Arguments

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Image model, specified as a scalar imagemodel object.

Output Arguments

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Default pixel value, returned as one of the following.

Image TypeDefault Pixel Value
Truecolor (RGB)'R:000 G:000 B:000'
Indexed'<000> R:0.00 G:0.00 B:0.00'

Data Types: char

Introduced before R2006a