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Working with Images in Python using Matplotlib

  • Last Updated : 10 May, 2020

Matplotlib is an amazing visualization library in Python for 2D plots of arrays. Matplotlib is a multi-platform data visualization library built on NumPy arrays and designed to work with the broader SciPy stack.

Working with Images in Python using Matplotlib

The image module in matplotlib library is used for working with images in Python. The image module also includes two useful methods which are imread which is used to read images and imshow which is used to display the image.

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Below are some examples which illustrate various operations on images using matplotlib library:



Example 1: In this example, the program reads an image using the matplotlib.image.imread() and displays that image using matplotlib.image.imread().




# importing required libraries
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import matplotlib.image as img
  
# reading the image
testImage = img.imread('g4g.png')
  
# displaying the image
plt.imshow(testImage)


Output:

Example 2: The below program reads an image and then represents the image in array.




# importing required libraries
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import matplotlib.image as img
  
# reading the image
testImage = img.imread('g4g.png')
  
# displaying the image as an array
print(testImage)


Output:

[[[0.05490196 0.6156863  0.34117648]
  [0.05490196 0.6156863  0.34117648]
  [0.05490196 0.6156863  0.34117648]
  ...
  [0.05490196 0.6156863  0.34117648]
  [0.05490196 0.6156863  0.34117648]
  [0.05490196 0.6156863  0.34117648]]

 [[0.05490196 0.6156863  0.34117648]
  [0.05490196 0.6156863  0.34117648]
  [0.05490196 0.6156863  0.34117648]
  ...
  [0.05490196 0.6156863  0.34117648]
  [0.05490196 0.6156863  0.34117648]
  [0.05490196 0.6156863  0.34117648]]

 [[0.05490196 0.6156863  0.34117648]
  [0.05490196 0.6156863  0.34117648]
  [0.05490196 0.6156863  0.34117648]
  ...
  [0.05490196 0.6156863  0.34117648]
  [0.05490196 0.6156863  0.34117648]
  [0.05490196 0.6156863  0.34117648]]

 ...

 [[0.03529412 0.52156866 0.28235295]
  [0.03529412 0.52156866 0.28235295]
  [0.03529412 0.52156866 0.28235295]
  ...
  [0.05490196 0.6156863  0.34117648]
  [0.05490196 0.6156863  0.34117648]
  [0.05490196 0.6156863  0.34117648]]

 [[0.03529412 0.52156866 0.28235295]
  [0.03529412 0.52156866 0.28235295]
  [0.03529412 0.52156866 0.28235295]
  ...
  [0.05490196 0.6156863  0.34117648]
  [0.05490196 0.6156863  0.34117648]
  [0.05490196 0.6156863  0.34117648]]

 [[0.03529412 0.52156866 0.28235295]
  [0.03529412 0.52156866 0.28235295]
  [0.03529412 0.52156866 0.28235295]
  ...
  [0.05490196 0.6156863  0.34117648]
  [0.05490196 0.6156863  0.34117648]
  [0.05490196 0.6156863  0.34117648]]]

Example 3: Here, the shape of the image is (225, 225, 3) which represents (height, width, mode) of the image, for colored image mode value is from 0 to 2 and for black and white image mode value is 0 and 1 only. In the output image, only the mode of the image is modified.




# importing required libraries
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import matplotlib.image as img
  
# reading the image
testImage = img.imread('g4g.png')
  
# displaying the shape of the image
print(testImage.shape)
  
# modifying the shape of the image
modifiedImage = testImage[:, :, 0]
  
# displaying the modified image
plt.imshow(modifiedImage)


Output:

(225, 225, 3)

Example 4: In the below program, all the parameters of the shape of the image are modified. Here the height of the image is 150 pixels (displaying from the 50th pixel), width is 100 pixels (displaying from the 100th pixel) and mode value is 1.




# importing required libraries
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import matplotlib.image as img
  
# reading the image
testImage = img.imread('g4g.png')
  
# displaying the shape of the image
print(testImage.shape)
  
# modifying the shape of the image
modifiedImage = testImage[50:200, 100:200, 1]
  
# displaying the modified image
plt.imshow(modifiedImage)


Output:

(225, 225, 3)

Example 5: Here, none of the parameters are modified. So, the original image is displayed.




# importing required libraries
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import matplotlib.image as img
  
# reading the image
testImage = img.imread('g4g.png')
  
# displaying the shape of the image
print(testImage.shape)
  
# modifying the shape of the image
modifiedImage = testImage[:, :, :]
  
# displaying the modified image
plt.imshow(modifiedImage)


Output:

(225, 225, 3)




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