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Create Contour Plot of Grayscale Image

This example shows how to create a contour plot of an image. A contour is a path in an image along which the image intensity values are equal to a constant. You can create a contour plot of the data in a grayscale image using the imcontour function. This function is similar to the contour function in MATLAB®, but it automatically sets up the axes so their orientation and aspect ratio match the image.

Read and display a grayscale image.

I = imread("moon.tif");

Create a contour plot of the image with ten contour levels using imcontour.

[C,h] = imcontour(I,10);

Display the levels that the imcontour function selected.

ans = 1×10

    23    46    69    92   115   138   161   184   207   230

To label the levels of the contours, use the clabel function. Zoom in to see the contour details.

xlim([160 200])
ylim([360 400])

Display a single contour at level 128.

imcontour(I,[128 128]);

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