Last week I talked about displaying gray-scale and binary images. In that post, I showed how to control the grayscale range. For example, the call imshow(I,[0.4 0.6]) displays the matrix I as a gray-scale image so that the value 0.4 gets displayed as black, and the value 0.6 gets displayed as white.
Brett, a MathWorks application engineer and frequent File Exchange contributor, correctly pointed out that I neglected to discuss a common and useful syntax: imshow(I,). This syntax automatically determines the grayscale range of the display based on the minimum and maximum values of I. It is equivalent to imshow(I,[min(I(:)) max(I(:))]).
Here's an example. I have a matrix of terrain elevation values, in meters, near Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire, USA. The peak of Mt. Monadnock is about 960 meters.
The matrix is stored in the MAT-file using the variable name Zc.
Name Size Bytes Class Attributes Zc 3042x3042 37015056 single
ans = 141.5285
ans = 963.1366
To display these elevation values as a gray-scale image with autoscaling, just call imshow(Zc,):
Warning: Image is too big to fit on screen; displaying at 33%
And, while we're here, I'll point out that you can install any colormap you like once a gray-scale image is displayed. Want some color?
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