How to save an image with an overlay mask applied to it?

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Consider the following code
I = imread('pout.tif');
figure, imshow(I);
h = imfreehand (gca, 'Closed',false);
maskColor = getColor(h);
bwMask = createMask(h);
ContornoMask = imdilate(bwMask, true(3)) & ~imerode(bwMask, true(3));
imshow(I, [], 'Colormap', gray(256));
OverlayMask =alphamask(ContornoMask, maskColor, 0.5); %%how do I save the image with the overlay mask applied?
I don't understand why OverlayMask is a scalar value instead of a logical matrix.
I want to save the image generated by alphamask (<>) as a new image matrix. How can I do this?

Accepted Answer

Andrew Davis
Andrew Davis on 6 Feb 2013
Alphamask is a display tool. Your 'OverlayMask' variable is a scalar because alphamask returns a handle to the graphic. If you wanted the logical matrix, you already have it as 'ContornoMask', right?
To save the image with the mask applied, I recommend saveas:
saveas(OverlayMask, 'imagefile', 'jpg')
Or, in general, gcf can be used as a handle to the figure if you like:
saveas(gcf, 'imagefile', 'jpg')
Of course you may choose different file formats including Matlab's 'fig'. If you find alphamask useful, please leave a rating on the file exchange page.

More Answers (1)

Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 4 Feb 2013
How about saving OverlayMask (which is generated by the alphamask program) with imwrite:
imwrite(OverlayMask, theFullFileName);
Isn't this what you asked?
Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 6 Feb 2013
Then just save ContornoMask
imwrite(ContornoMask , theFullFileName);

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