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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
volshowDisplay volume
sliceViewerBrowse image slices
orthosliceViewerBrowse orthogonal slices in grayscale or RGB volume
obliquesliceExtract oblique slice from 3-D volumetric data
viewer3dCreate 3-D viewer object
Viewer3D PropertiesDisplay scene in 3-D viewer
Volume PropertiesDisplay volume in 3-D viewer
SurfaceDisplay surface in 3-D viewer
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

Volume Display