Create a single colored blank image in C++ using OpenCV

We are going to see how to create an image and assign it any single color value in C++ using OpenCV.

OpenCV is an open-source C++ library for Image processing and computer vision.

Prerequisite: single-colored blank image in C++ with OpenCV

If you have not set up the environment in Visual Studio and want to manually compile the code in terminal follow the steps below:

You can compile the code using the following command in the terminal (don’t include parenthesis):

g++ -o (outputFileName) (fileName).cpp `pkg-config --cflags --libs opencv`

(Don’t confuse between ‘ and ` in above command use `

After executing the above command a file will be created with the name you specified:


Full Code:

//author @Nishant


using namespace std;
using namespace cv;

int main(){
    // To create a 3 channel, 8 bit image
    // You can change it CV8UC1/2/3/4/(n)
    // Specify height as 300 and width as 500
    // Scalar function is used to set the color value for 
    // BGR set the values of your wish
    // I'm going to set it to color Blue
    Mat img(300, 500, CV_8UC3, Scalar(255, 0, 0));

    // Verify if image is created or not
        cout << "Could not load image" << endl;
        return -1;

    string windowName = "Blank Image";
    // Name of output windows
    // CV_WINDOW_AUTOSIZE : the user cannot resize the 
    // window, the size is constrainted by the image displayed. 
    namedWindow(windowName, CV_WINDOW_AUTOSIZE);

    // to show the window to the window specified by the name
    // It is better to use an extra string variable to 
    // avoid any mistake 
    // otherwise new window will be created automatically
    // by imshow() function
    imshow(windowName, img);

    // wait for any keypress
    // Following function can be used to destroy all the 
    // windows on screen
    // alternatively you can use destroyWindow(windowName)
    // to destroy only specify window
    return 0;



I have compiled in VS Code in Ubuntu using terminal and my file name is BlankImage.cpp.

create blank single colored image in C++

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