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Re: importing images

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  • Subject: [mg8514] Re: importing images
  • From: Paul Abbott <paul at>
  • Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 02:20:04 -0400
  • Organization: University of Western Australia
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Al Arduengo wrote:

>         I am trying to utilize Mma 3.0 in my Image Processing course and have
> run into a bit of a snag. 

There are some good Image Processing courses out there: have a look at

> It seems that it can DISPLAY many forms of
> graphics, but I wish to be able to, say, import a 8-bit grayscale *.gif
> file into mma as a matrix of grayscale values. The same would apply to
> jpeg, tiff, and bmp files as well. Has anyone done this or is there a
> kind soul who could shed some light on this subject for me? 

One possibility is to simply paste the graphic into Mathematica and then
do a Convert To InputForm.  This will digitize the image into a


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