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How to set exact figure size in pixels?

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Klaus Förger
Klaus Förger on 11 Mar 2016
Answered: Serge on 20 Aug 2021
With older versions of Matlab, it was possible to set the exact figure size in pixels with a command such as: figure('Position', [100 100 400 400]); This produced a figure with 400x400 pixels.
After upgrading to R2015b, getting a 400x400 figure can be done on my computer with command: figure('Position', [100 100 400/1.5 400/1.5]);
This works fine with some resolutions, but for example the command: figure('Position', [100 100 401/1.5 401/1.5]); does not produce a size of 401x401 but instead 400x401. Usually an offset of one pixel is not a problem, but when rendering videos it can break things because some codecs work only with certain pixel sizes.
Is there a reliable way set the size of a figure that would not depend of the screen DPI or the used operating system?
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ju7ga7
ju7ga7 on 11 Mar 2016
We are using MS Windows 7 enterprise 64bit. The figure units property is pixels. The scaling factor comes from the Windows scale settings (100%, 125% or 150%), I guess. In our case it is the scaling factor. We need a figure behaviour independet of the system scaling factor. That's all. On modern high resolution Displays 125% or 150% is essential for ergonomic reasons when working with Windows OS. The groot Object also holds wrong display settings, display resolution and dpi is also scaled by the windows scaling factor. so also figure window positioning does not work as in previous Matlab Releases. That is also bad!

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Klaus Förger
Klaus Förger on 14 Mar 2016
The solution that I found was to use trial and error to search for the correct input for the command: figure('Position', [100 100 x(1) x(2)]);
This can be done automatically by saving the function reso_test to a file:
function [ output_args ] = reso_test( resolution ) close all; figure('position', [100 100 max(resolution(1), 1) max(resolution(2),1) ]); frame = getframe(gcf); output_args(1) = size(frame.cdata, 1); output_args(2) = size(frame.cdata, 2); end
And then running the following script:
target_resolution = [401 401]; options = optimset ('Display', 'iter', 'TolFun', 0.1, 'TolX', 0.1); x = fminsearch(@(x)(sum(abs(reso_test(x) - target_resolution))), target_resolution, options);
Finally, the x contains the input to get the target resolution.
My solution is very inefficient, but I could not think of anything else that would be platform independent.

Matthew Tarabulski
Matthew Tarabulski on 29 Dec 2017
If you don't need to do this programatically this will work:
1) Figure Window -> File -> Export Settings -> Size: points
2) set your height and width exactly
3) click "apply to figure".
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Manoj Payani
Manoj Payani on 5 Jan 2018
Though we are able to set the pixels, the final output is not as we set. Ex - I set the pixels to 1920*1080 but the output is 1924*994. Can u pls help?

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Syed Abuzar Shah
Syed Abuzar Shah on 15 Mar 2018
Edited: Syed Abuzar Shah on 15 Mar 2018
>> I=imread('1.jpg');
>> size(I)
ans =
460 819
this will be your image size in pixels 460*819
Must try and give feedback!

Serge
Serge on 20 Aug 2021
I use this (works for me in R2020a, win10):
rez = [1024 768]; %set desired [horizontal vertical] resolution
set(gcf,'PaperPosition',[0 0 rez]*2.54); %set paper size (does not affect display)
img = print(gcf,'-RGBImage','-r1'); %capture RGB image (a bit slow)

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