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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 Choose Approach to Display 2-D and 3-D Images.


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 (Since R2019b)
orthosliceViewerBrowse orthogonal slices in grayscale or RGB volume (Since R2019b)
obliquesliceExtract oblique slice from 3-D volumetric data (Since R2020a)
viewer3dCreate 3-D viewer object (Since R2022b)
SurfaceDisplay surface in 3-D viewer (Since R2022b)
LightLight source (Since R2023b)
PointPoint annotation (Since R2024a)
LineLine annotation (Since R2024a)
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 (Since R2022b)
Volume PropertiesDisplay volume in 3-D viewer (Since R2022b)
BlockedVolume PropertiesDisplay blocked volume in 3-D viewer (Since R2023a)


Image Display in a Figure Window

  • Choose Approach to Display 2-D and 3-D Images
    Display 2-D images and 3-D volumes programmatically using functions or interactively using apps.
  • 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