In an image, an edge is a curve that follows a path of rapid change in image intensity. Edges are often associated with the boundaries of objects in a scene. Edge detection is used to identify the edges in an image.
To find edges, you can use the
edge function. This function looks for places in the image where the
intensity changes rapidly, using one of these two criteria:
Places where the first derivative of the intensity is larger in magnitude than some threshold
Places where the second derivative of the intensity has a zero crossing
edge provides several derivative estimators, each of which
implements one of these definitions. For some of these estimators, you can specify
whether the operation should be sensitive to horizontal edges, vertical edges, or both.
edge returns a binary image containing 1's where edges are found
and 0's elsewhere.
The most powerful edge-detection method that
edge provides is the
Canny method. The Canny method differs from the other edge-detection methods in that it
uses two different thresholds (to detect strong and weak edges), and includes the weak
edges in the output only if they are connected to strong edges. This method is therefore
less likely than the others to be affected by noise, and more likely to detect true weak
This example shows how to detect edges in an image using both the Canny edge detector and the Sobel edge detector.
Read image and display it.
I = imread('coins.png'); imshow(I)
Apply both the Sobel and Canny edge detectors to the image and display them for comparison.
BW1 = edge(I,'sobel'); BW2 = edge(I,'canny'); figure; imshowpair(BW1,BW2,'montage') title('Sobel Filter Canny Filter');