OpenCV is a huge open-source library for computer vision, machine learning, and image processing. OpenCV supports a wide variety of programming languages like Python, C++, Java, etc. It can process images and videos to identify objects, faces, or even the handwriting of a human. In this article, we will try to draw on images with the help of the mouse. Before learning how to draw on images using a mouse, we need to understand what is a callback.Callback
A callback in programming means to call this function (the callback) when a process completes. The same applies to event-oriented programming in general. When a mouse button is clicked (an event), call a function. We don’t know when the button will be clicked. All we can do is tell the button to “call me back” or call this function when the mouse button is clicked.
A callback can happen when a user performs an operation using the mouse; this operation is usually known as an event. Only one callback is present for a mouse, which is setMouseCallback(), all mouse operation will call this function only.
We can have conditional blocks to execute something based on the event/operation performed using the mouse. The mouse events/operations could be:
When should this callback occur :
We want to have this call back only when we use the mouse on the pop-up window, which has the title as “Title of Popup Window.”
cv2.namedWindow("Title of Popup Window")
Example 1: Draw Circle when we left-click on a popup with OpenCV :
Example 2: Drawing a Rectangle by dragging on Images with OpenCV
What does (cv2.waitKey(10) & 0xFF == 27) do ?
cv2.waitKey() returns a 32 Bit integer value (might be dependent on the platform). The key input is in ASCII which is an 8 Bit integer value. So you only care about these 8 bits and want all other bits to be 0. This you can achieve with:
cv2.waitKey(10) & 0xFF == 27
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