[I = ] lelandshade(G::GMTgrid; detail=1.0, contrast=2.0, intensity=false, zfactor=3, transparency=0.6,
                   show=false, color=false, opts=String[], cmap="", kw...)

keywords: GMT, Julia, image, texture shading

Compute a grayscale or color shaded illumination image using the thechnique developed by Leland Brown's "texture shading"

Returns a GMTimage object (8 or 16 bits depending on the intensity option) if show == false, or nothing otherwise.

  • G: A GMTgrid or a grid file name from which to compute the Leland texture illumination image.

  • detail is the amount of texture detail. Lower values of detail retain more elevation information, giving more sense of the overall, large structures and elevation trends in the terrain, at the expense of fine texture detail. Higher detail enhances the texture but gives an overall "flatter" general appearance, with elevation changes and large structure less apparent (default = 1.0).

  • contrast is a parameter called “vertical enhancement.” Higher numbers increase contrast in the midtones, but may lose detail in the lightest and darkest features. Lower numbers highlight only the sharpest ridges and deepest canyons but reduce contrast overall (default = 2.0).

  • intensity | uint16 controls if output is a UInt16 or a UInt8 image (the default). Note that the original code writes only UInt16 images but if we want to combine this with the hillshade computed with gdaldem, a UInt8 image is more handy.

  • zfactor: A terrain amplification factor used in gdaldem when computing the "hillshade" (default = 3)

  • transparency: The transparency of the texture image computed with the Leland algorithm when blended with hillshade computed with gdaldem. The default value, 0.5, gives equal weight to both images. A value of 0.75 will make the texture image weight 3/4 of the total sum, and so forth (default = 0.6).

  • color: Boolean that selects if the output is a color or a grayscale image (the default). For color images we create a default linear color map (via a call to makecpt), but this can be overruled with the cmap option.

  • equalize: For color images one may select to histogram equalize the colors (via a call to grd2cpt). This option alone (as well as cmap) also sets color=true.

  • opts: A (optional) string vector with gdaldem dedicated options (see its man mage). Use this to fine tune the "hillshade" part of the final image.

  • cmap: When doing color images and don't want the default cmap, pass a color map (cpt) name (file or master cpt name) or GMTcpt. This also sets color=true.

  • colorbar: Boolean, used only when show=true, to add a colorbar on the right side of the image.

  • show: Boolean that if set to true will show the result immediately. If false, a GMTimage object is returned.

  • kw: The keword/value pairs that can be used to pass arguments to makecpt, grd2cpt and gdaldem.


To make a texture shaded from a SRTM1 arc sec grid that will be downloaded from the GMT server and uses the defaults indicated above, do (it may take a little while):

using GMT
lelandshade(gmtread("@earth_relief_01s", region=(-114,-113,35,36)), color=true, colorbar=true, show=true)

See Also

gdaldem, makecpt, grd2cpt,