This reference is for Processing 3.0+. If you have a previous version, use the reference included with your software in the Help menu. If you see any errors or have suggestions, please let us know. If you prefer a more technical reference, visit the Processing Core Javadoc and Libraries Javadoc.



example pic
PImage photo;

void setup() {
  size(100, 100);
  photo = loadImage("laDefense.jpg");

void draw() {
  image(photo, 0, 0);
Description Datatype for storing images. Processing can display .gif, .jpg, .tga, and .png images. Images may be displayed in 2D and 3D space. Before an image is used, it must be loaded with the loadImage() function. The PImage class contains fields for the width and height of the image, as well as an array called pixels[] that contains the values for every pixel in the image. The methods described below allow easy access to the image's pixels and alpha channel and simplify the process of compositing.

Before using the pixels[] array, be sure to use the loadPixels() method on the image to make sure that the pixel data is properly loaded.

To create a new image, use the createImage() function. Do not use the syntax new PImage().
pixels[] Array containing the color of every pixel in the image
width Image width
height Image height
loadPixels() Loads the pixel data for the image into its pixels[] array
updatePixels() Updates the image with the data in its pixels[] array
resize() Changes the size of an image to a new width and height
get() Reads the color of any pixel or grabs a rectangle of pixels
set() writes a color to any pixel or writes an image into another
mask() Masks part of an image with another image as an alpha channel
filter() Converts the image to grayscale or black and white
copy() Copies the entire image
blend() Copies a pixel or rectangle of pixels using different blending modes
save() Saves the image to a TIFF, TARGA, PNG, or JPEG file
PImage(width, height, format, factor)
Updated on November 9, 2015 11:16:09pm EST

Creative Commons License