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Apply device-independent color space transformation



B = applycform(A,C) converts the color values in A to the color space specified in the color transformation structure C.


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Read color image that uses the sRGB color space into the workspace.

rgb = imread('peppers.png');

Create a color transformation structure that defines an sRGB to L*a*b* conversion.

C = makecform('srgb2lab');

Perform the transformation by using the applycform function.

lab = applycform(rgb,C);

Input Arguments

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Input color space, specified as one of the following:

  • 2-D numeric matrix. applycform interprets each row as a color unless the color transformation structure, C, contains a grayscale ICC profile. In that case, applycform interprets each pixel in A as a color.

  • 3-D numeric matrix. Each row-column location is interpreted as a color. size(A,3) is typically 1 or more, depending on the input color space.

  • string or character vector. A is only a string or character vector if C is created with the following syntax:

    C = makecform('named', profile, space)

Data Types: double | uint8 | uint16 | char | string

Color transformation, specified as a structure. The color transformation structure specifies various parameters of the transformation. You can create a color transformation structure using makecform.

Output Arguments

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Output color space, returned as a numeric array. The size of B depends on the dimensionality and size of the input color space, A:

  • When A is two-dimensional, B has the same number of rows and one or more columns, depending on the output color space. (The ICC specification currently supports up to 15-channel device spaces).

  • When A is three-dimensional, B is the same number of rows and columns as A, and size(B,3) is 1 or more, depending on the output color space.

Version History

Introduced before R2006a