# get position of imfreehand

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mary on 15 Jun 2011
Answered: Tim Jackman on 27 Sep 2018
hi, how can i get the position of a drawn freehand, and after it i can draw the same freehand again by that position. i got the position by getposition, but i can't draw it again!!! plz help me tnx

Alex Taylor on 15 Jun 2011
Hi Mary,
Unfortunately, the current design of imfreehand doesn't allow programmatic placement of the tool given a set of vertices as input. This is a known enhancement request from other users.
If you want to query the position of any of the ROI tools in the toolbox, you should use the method getPosition (as you suggested) and avoid digging around in the HG innards of the tool.
imshow('pout.tif');
h = imfreehand;
pos = h.getPosition();
As a workaround, you could achieve approximately the effect you are looking for by creating an instance of impoly given the position of your freehand tool. If you use the setVerticesDraggable method of impoly, it will visually appear identical to imfreehand.
h_poly = impoly(gca,pos);
h_poly.setVerticesDraggable(false);
Hope this helps.
Abdul-Rauf Mujahid on 8 Oct 2013
imfreehand draws continuous figure. can i draw a discrete figure using dots/points like impoint?

Andrew Newell on 15 Jun 2011
The output of imfreehand is chopped up into a few children (I don't know why), so you have to dig a bit to get the data. Here is a demo:
figure
subplot 211
h = imfreehand; % Draw your doodle here
hc = get(h,'Children');
XData = []; YData = [];
for ii=1:length(hc)
x = get(hc(ii),'XData');
y = get(hc(ii),'YData');
XData = [XData; x(:)];
YData = [YData; y(:)];
end
subplot 212
plot(XData,YData)
Raymundo Dominguez on 27 May 2016
I found your code very helpful; I would like to comment something about the x,y outputs: even for a very small free drawing line (for example from coordinates (1,1) to (4,5) of the image), the length of these vectors are too big; 85 points each one in this example. Do you know which is the reason for that? Thanks in advance.

Tim Jackman on 27 Sep 2018
The new drawfreehand ROI supports get/set for Position:
For example, we can draw a freehand shape, and then update the position:
imshow('peppers.png')
h = drawfreehand;
% Shift the position down and to the right by 50 pixels
h.Position = h.Position + 50;

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