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Basic Display

View image data, multi-frame images (movies), volumes, and set display preferences

The toolbox provides several functions for viewing image data and volumes. To understand all the toolbox image display capabilities, see Image Display and Exploration Overview.


Image ViewerView and explore images
Image BrowserBrowse images using thumbnails
Video ViewerView videos and image sequences
Volume ViewerView volumetric data and labeled volumetric data


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imshowDisplay image
imfuseComposite of two images
imshowpairCompare differences between images
montageDisplay multiple image frames as rectangular montage
immovieMake movie from multiframe image
warpDisplay image as texture-mapped surface
sliceViewerBrowse image slices
orthosliceViewerBrowse orthogonal slices in grayscale or RGB volume
volshowDisplay volume
labelvolshowDisplay labeled volume
obliquesliceExtract oblique slice from 3-D volumetric data
iptgetprefGet values of Image Processing Toolbox preferences
iptprefsDisplay Image Processing Toolbox Preferences dialog box
iptsetprefSet Image Processing Toolbox preferences or display valid values


Image Display in a Figure Window

Image Display and Exploration Overview

The toolbox automatically sets the properties of graphics objects to optimize image display.

Display an Image in Figure Window

You can display grayscale, RGB, indexed, and binary images in a figure window. Each element of image data is displayed on a single screen pixel.

Display Multiple Images

You can display multiple images in separate figure windows or individually in the same figure window. You can create a composite of two images for easier comparison.

Display Different Image Types

You can display truecolor, grayscale, binary, and indexed images in a figure window or in the interactive Image Viewer app.

Print Images

Print images to use them in a word processing program or graphics editor.

Manage Display Preferences

You can view and edit preferences to control how images are displayed on your screen by default.

Interactive Image Display

Get Started with Image Viewer App

You can display, explore, and process images interactively with Image Viewer app.

View Image Sequences in Video Viewer App

You can animate image sequences using the Video Viewer app. Explore the image sequence with playback, panning, and zooming controls.

Convert Multiframe Image to Movie

You can create a movie from an image sequence of truecolor or indexed images. Movies can be played in the MATLAB® environment or written to a video file.

Explore 3-D Volumetric Data with Volume Viewer App

You can view perpendicular cross-sections of 3-D volumetric data using the Volume Viewer app. Adjust the rendering to reveal structures within the volume.

Explore 3-D Labeled Volumetric Data with Volume Viewer App

You can view 3-D labeled volumetric data using the Volume app. You can view the volume and the labeled volume simultaneously and change the opacity and colormap.

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