## Opencv Python Crop Image Using Numpy Array

Question

I am using OpenCV 3.1.0-dev and python 2.7.

I am trying to crop out the black exterior of an image I have stitched. The struggle is that there are other pixels in the image that are black so cv2.findcontours returns a very interesting numpy array.

The first image is what I have and the 2nd image is the target.

I was wondering if someone knew how to crop a polygon into the smallest square containing the entire image. The blue lines and points are the contours found by cv2.findContours. Is it possibly to find the top-left most point in the numpy array and the bottom-right most p0int in a numpy array that I can crop to? If so, how do I do it.

Here is my current code. I am trying to find the point to crop with cnt=contours[0]

import cv2
import numpy as np

grayed = cv2.cvtColor(img,cv2.COLOR_BGR2GRAY)
(_,thresh) = cv2.threshold(grayed,1,255,cv2.THRESH_BINARY)
result, contours, _= cv2.findContours(thresh, cv2.RETR_TREE, cv2.CHAIN_APPROX_SIMPLE)
cnt = contours[0]
# (x,y) = top left coordinate & w,h = idth and height
x,y,w,h = cv2.boundingRect(cnt) #good
cropped = img[y:y+h,x:x+w] #good
cv2.drawContours(img,contours,-1,(255,0,0),3)
cv2.imshow("result",img)
cv2.waitKey(0)
cv2.destroyAllWindows()

Any Help is Appreciated

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## Answers to Opencv Python Crop Image Using Numpy Array ( 1 )

1. Once you have the contours, you can do a list of the x and the y of them and then find the maximum and minimum:

x, y = [], []

for i in range(len(contours)):
for j in range(len(contours[i])):
x.append(contours[i][j][0][0])
y.append(contours[i][j][0][1])

x1, x2, y1, y2 = min(x), max(x), min(y), max(y)

cropped = img[y1:y2, x1:x2]

The (x1, y1) would be the top left corner and the (x2, y2) the bottom right.

Hope this helped!