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convert matrix to rgb

Asked by Philipp
on 6 Aug 2012
Latest activity Commented on by Mathieu
on 12 Aug 2015

dear matlab developers,

i have a double matrix (MxN). is there a way to convert it to RGB?

when i use imagesc(matrix), all the values are color coded and displayed, but is there a way to write the RGB values into a new array (MxNx3)?

br philipp


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Answer by Loginatorist
on 6 Aug 2012
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I wonder if this is what you mean, Philipp?

% Say this is the given matrix:
G = rand(10,10)*300 - 100;
% Use IMAGESC to plot G.
figure('pos',[100 100 1000 800]);
% colormap(copper) % You realize this affects final image (H)?
title('IMAGESC (MxN)')
% Now make an RGB image that matches display from IMAGESC:
C = colormap;  % Get the figure's colormap.
L = size(C,1);
% Scale the matrix to the range of the map.
Gs = round(interp1(linspace(min(G(:)),max(G(:)),L),1:L,G));
H = reshape(C(Gs,:),[size(Gs) 3]); % Make RGB image from scaled.
image(H)  % Does this image match the other one?
title('IMAGE (MxNx3)')


on 1 May 2013

This is very helpful Matt - solved my problem as well - very efficiently I might add.

The only thing I would add is that if you don't want to display a figure during this process (just work with data), then you need to modify the following lines:

Change: C = colormap; % Get the figure's colormap.

To: C = jet(64); %State the name of the colormap and the number of levels

For whatever reason, the function "colormap" creates and displays an empty window where as directly defining the colormap by name and number of levels suppresses the creation of a new figure.

Thanks again for the great piece of code.

on 31 Jan 2014

Such beatiful peace of code. I'm very thankful!

on 12 Aug 2015

Thank you so Much Matt, very helpful!!

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Answer by Image Analyst
on 6 Aug 2012

rgbImage = cat(3, redChannel, greenChannel, blueChannel);

Cast to uint8 if you want to display or save to a file. Scale to 0-255 if it's not already in that range. mat2gray() might help.


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Answer by Jurgen
on 1 May 2013

The FEX has mat2im and real2rgb. Can recommend both!




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on 1 May 2013

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