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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
SurfaceDisplay surface in 3-D viewer
iptgetprefGet values of Image Processing Toolbox preferences
iptprefsDisplay Image Processing Toolbox Preferences window
iptsetprefSet Image Processing Toolbox preference or display valid values


Viewer3D PropertiesDisplay scene in 3-D viewer
Volume PropertiesDisplay volume in 3-D viewer
BlockedVolume PropertiesDisplay blocked volume in 3-D viewer


Image Display in a Figure Window

  • Image Display and Exploration Overview
    Display and explore single images using the imshow function and Image Viewer app.
  • Display an Image in Figure Window
    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
    Display multiple images in separate figure windows or individually in the same figure window. You can also create a composite of two images for easier comparison.
  • Display Different Image Types
    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
    View and edit preferences to control how images are displayed on your screen by default.

Interactive Image Display

Volume Display