How to overlay a heatmap numpy array in red on a gray image?


I have tried first converting the grayscale image and the 2D-heatmap to RGB images. The heatmap is converted by making all except the red dimension zeros.

Then the image is masked with a threshold, where the heatmap is above 0.01, and a new image is created where the images are combined.

But for some reason, this produces a green color on some parts of the image:

green errors


To overlay a heatmap you can use cv2.addWeighted()


Based on similar input images

Sample input image:

cv2.imshow('Input image', g1)

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g1 is a BGR image:

(158, 99, 3)

Sample mask:

cv2.imshow('Mask image', gm)

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gm is a binary image:

(158, 99)


OpenCV allows you to create a heatmap using cv2.applyColorMap() on the binary image gm. In this example, I have chosen the option cv2.COLORMAP_JET.

heatmap_img = cv2.applyColorMap(gm, cv2.COLORMAP_JET)

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Overlaying the heatmap over the original image g1 using cv2.addWeighted():

overlay_img = cv2.addWeighted(heatmap_img, 0.5, g1, 0.5, 0)

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The above image is not what you are looking for. Based on your question, you would like to overlay only the region of interest i.e, the region in white.

First, select only the ROI in the overlay image using the mask gm

roi_img = cv2.bitwise_and(overlay_img, overlay_img, mask = gm)

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Finally, preserve the ROI where the mask is white (255); and in every other position where the mask is black (0) place pixel intensities of the original image g1:

roi_img[gm[:] == 0,...] = g1[gm[:] == 0,...]

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I hope the above is what you are looking for.

Answered By – Jeru Luke

Answer Checked By – Timothy Miller (AngularFixing Admin)

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