(Not recommended) Create draggable, resizable line
imline is not recommended. Use the new
object instead. You can also use the ROI creation convenience function
For more information, see Compatibility Considerations.
imline object encapsulates an interactive line over an
You can adjust the size and position of the line by using the mouse. The line also has a context menu that controls aspects of its appearance and behavior. For more information, see Usage.
h = imline begins interactive placement of a line on the
current axes, and returns an
h = imline( begins
interactive placement of a line on the object specified by
h = imline(___,"PositionConstraintFcn",
also specifies where the line can be dragged using a position constraint
hparent — Handle to parent object
Handle to parent object, specified as a handle. The parent is
typically an axes object, but can also be any other object that can be
the parent of an
position — Position of line endpoints
Position of line endpoints, specified as a 2-by-2 array of the form
[x1 y1; x2 y2].
x — x-coordinates of line endpoints
x-coordinates of line endpoints, specified as a
2-element vector of the form
x = [x1 x2].
y — y-coordinates of line endpoints
y-coordinates of line endpoints, specified as a
2-element vector of the form
y = [y1 y2].
fcn — Position constraint function
Position constraint function, specified as a function handle.
fcn is called whenever the mouse is dragged.
You can use this function to control where the ellipse can be dragged.
See the help for the
setPositionConstraintFcn function for information about
valid function handles.
Deletable — ROI can be deleted
true (default) |
ROI can be deleted, specified as
When you call
imline with an interactive syntax, the pointer
changes to a cross hairs when over the image. Click and drag the mouse to
specify the position and length of the line. The line supports a context menu that you
can use to control aspects of its appearance and behavior.
The table describes the interactive behavior supported by
|Moving the line.||Move the pointer over the line. The pointer changes to a fleur shape . Click and drag the mouse to move the line.|
|Moving the endpoints of the line.||Move the pointer over either end of the line. The pointer changes to the pointing finger, . Click and drag the mouse to resize the line.|
|Changing the color used to display the line.||Move the pointer over the line. Right-click and select Set Color from the context menu.|
|Retrieving the coordinates of the endpoints of the line.||Move the pointer over the line. Right-click and select
Copy Position from the context menu.
|Deleting the line||Move the pointer on top of the line. Right-click and select
Delete from the context menu. To remove
this option from the context menu, set the |
imline object supports a number of functions. Type
methods imline to see a complete list.
|Add new-position callback to ROI object|
|(Not recommended) Create mask within image|
|Delete handle object|
|Get color used to draw ROI object|
|Return current position of ROI object|
|Return function handle to current position constraint function|
|Remove new-position callback from ROI object|
|(Not recommended) Resume execution of MATLAB command line|
|(Not recommended) Set color used to draw ROI object|
|Set ROI object to new position|
|(Not recommended) Move ROI object to new position|
|Set position constraint function of ROI object|
|(Not recommended) Block MATLAB command line until ROI creation is finished|
Update Title when Line Moves
Display a line in a custom color.
imshow("pout.tif") h = imline(gca,[10 100],[100 100]); setColor(h,[0 1 0]);
addNewPositionCallback function. Move the line, note that
the 2-by-2 position vector of the line is displayed in the title above the
image. Explore the context menu of the line by right clicking on the
id = addNewPositionCallback(h,@(pos) title(mat2str(pos,3)));
After observing the callback behavior, remove the callback using the
Click and Drag to Place Line
Interactively place a line by clicking and dragging. Use
block the MATLAB® command line. Double-click on the line to
resume execution of the MATLAB command line.
imshow("pout.tif") h = imline; position = wait(h);
If you use
imlinewith an axes that contains an image object, and do not specify a position constraint function, users can drag the line outside the extent of the image and lose the line. When used with an axes created by the
plotfunction, the axis limits automatically expand to accommodate the movement of the line.
imdistlineto create an interactive line with a text box that displays the distance between line endpoints.
Version HistoryIntroduced before R2006a
imline is not recommended
Starting in R2018b, a new set of ROI objects replaces the existing set of ROI objects. The new objects provide more functional capabilities, such as face color transparency. The new classes also support events that you can use to respond to changes in your ROI such as moving or being clicked. Although there are no plans to remove the old ROI objects at this time, switch to the new ROIs to take advantage of the additional capabilities and flexibility. For more information on creating ROIs using the new ROI functions, see Create ROI Shapes.
Replace use of the
imline ROI object with the new
ROI object. You can also use the ROI creation convenience function
Update all instances of
|Discouraged Usage||Recommended Replacement|
This example creates a line ROI.
imshow("cameraman.tif"); h = imline(gca,[10 10; 100 150]);
Here is equivalent code, replacing the old ROI with the equivalent new ROI object. This example uses the ROI creation convenience function. Note that you must specify the size and position information as name-value arguments.
imshow("cameraman.tif"); h = drawline(gca,"Position",[10 10; 100 150]);
Update instances where your code uses one of the object functions of
imline. In many cases, you replace the call to an
object function by simply accessing or setting the value of a
Line ROI object property. For example, replace calls to
setColor with use of the
Color property. In some cases, you must replace the
imline object function with an object function of the new
Line ROI. Each of the individual
imline ROI object functions include information about
migrating to the new
Line ROI object. For a migration
overview, see ROI Migration.