A slice plane (which does not have to be planar) is a surface
that takes on coloring based on the values of the volume data in the
region where the slice is positioned. Slice planes are useful for
probing volume data sets to discover where interesting regions exist,
which you can then visualize with other types of graphs (see the
slice example). Slice planes are also
useful for adding a visual context to the bound of the volume when
other graphing methods are also used (see
coneplot and Stream Line Plots of Vector Data for examples).
to create slice planes. This example slices through a volume generated
Generate the volume data with the command:
[x,y,z,v] = flow;
Determine the range of the volume by finding the minimum and maximum of the coordinate data.
xmin = min(x(:)); ymin = min(y(:)); zmin = min(z(:)); xmax = max(x(:)); ymax = max(y(:)); zmax = max(z(:));
To create a slice plane that does not lie in an axes plane, first define a surface and rotate it to the desired orientation. This example uses a surface that has the same x- and y-coordinates as the volume.
hslice = surf(linspace(xmin,xmax,100),... linspace(ymin,ymax,100),... zeros(100));
rotate(hslice,[-1,0,0],-45) xd = get(hslice,'XData'); yd = get(hslice,'YData'); zd = get(hslice,'ZData');
Draw the rotated slice plane, setting the
that it is colored by the figure colormap, and set the
make this plane shine more brightly after adding a light source.
figure colormap(jet) h = slice(x,y,z,v,xd,yd,zd); h.FaceColor = 'interp'; h.EdgeColor = 'none'; h.DiffuseStrength = 0.8;
add three more orthogonal slice planes at
zmin to provide a context for the first plane,
which slices through the volume at an angle.
hold on hx = slice(x,y,z,v,xmax,,); hx.FaceColor = 'interp'; hx.EdgeColor = 'none'; hy = slice(x,y,z,v,,ymax,); hy.FaceColor = 'interp'; hy.EdgeColor = 'none'; hz = slice(x,y,z,v,,,zmin); hz.FaceColor = 'interp'; hz.EdgeColor = 'none';
To display the volume in correct proportions, set the data aspect
Adjust the axis to fit tightly around the volume (
axis). The orientation of the axes can
be selected initially using
determine the best
Zooming in on the scene provides a larger view of the volume
camzoom). Selecting a projection
perspective gives the rectangular solid
more natural proportions than the default orthographic projection
daspect([1,1,1]) axis tight view(-38.5,16) camzoom(1.4) camproj perspective
Adding a light to the scene makes the boundaries between the
four slice planes more obvious because each plane forms a different
angle with the light source (
Selecting a colormap with only 24 colors (the default is 64) creates
visible gradations that help indicate the variation within the volume.
lightangle(-45,45) colormap (jet(24))
Modify the Color Mapping shows how to modify how the data is mapped to color.
The current colormap determines the coloring of the slice planes. This enables you to change the slice plane coloring by:
Changing the colormap
Changing the mapping of data value to color
Suppose, for example, you are interested in data values only
between -5 and 2.5 and would like to use a colormap that mapped lower
values to reds and higher values to blues (that is, the opposite of
Adjust the color limits to emphasize any particular data range
of interest. Adjust the color limits to range from -5 to 2.4832 to
map any value lower than the value -5 (the original data ranged from
-11.5417 to 2.4832) into the same color. For information about color
mapping, see the
Add a color bar to provide a key for the data-to-color mapping.