# How I can view this .tif file?

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BN on 13 Apr 2020
I have a tif file which represents the altitude for a country, I can simply open it in Esri's ArcGIS (Arc Map), Here is the result from ArcMap:
You can see the High and Low elevations are shown by a color range. I used this code below to open this tif file in Matlab:
imshow(x)
But I see a figure like this:
So, If anyone could tell me how I can read my tif file in Matlab with a color bar that specifies high and low elevations (like Arcmap picture above), I would be so grateful.
Note: Since the size of the file is 7 MB, I split it into the 2 part then attach here; I also upload the .tif in my google drive in this link and compressed version of it (.zip) (just one part) here in my google drive.
Thank you
BN on 13 Apr 2020

Ameer Hamza on 13 Apr 2020
Edited: Ameer Hamza on 13 Apr 2020
First, the problem is somewhat related to the encoding of your tiff file. The data values are encoded as single-precision numbers, and the background points are encoded as 0xff7fffff in hexadecimal (equal to -3.40282346639e+38, minimum possible number in IEEE754 single-precision floating-point format).
Second, the tiff file only has 1 channel, and have no color information, so you need to create your colormap.
Both problems can be solved by converting the loaded matrix from single to uint16. Note that we are converting the values, not typecasting. Converting to uint16 will convert the background pixels from -3.40282346639e+38 to 0. The elevation values lie in the range [0 - 10000], uint16 is sufficient to hold these values. The integer values will make it an indexed image that can take value from a colormap. Try the following code
low_single = typecast(uint8([255 255 127 255]), 'single');
A = A - min(A(~mask), [], 'all');
% creating colormap changing from white to brown as shown in image in the question
brown_color = [0.8 0.2 0.1];
light_brown = [0.95 0.9 0.8];
t = linspace(0, 1, max(A,[],'all'))';
cmap = t.*brown_color + (1-t).*white;
gs = geoshow(A, cmap, R);
Hi Ameer Hamza,
Your solution is great, I have a question related. How do you add a colorbar to the plot with the colormap you defined?

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