Let's Draw OpenCV Logo Using OpenCV

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OpenCV is an awesome, powerful image-processing, computer vision and deep learning library. It would not be a joke to say that it is the god of all computer vision libraries.

In this article, we are going to look at the image drawing capabilities of OpenCV and how we can draw its very own logo with that.

Prerequisites - All You Need

To be able to successfully work with this tutorial all we need is Python and OpenCV installed.

Here, we are going to use pip to install OpenCV, which directly installs the wheel file without us worrying about the manual build process. We can surely do a manual build, but that itself would need a separate write-up (check this already available awesome guide).

We are going to work in a virtual environment for this activity (considering we have python already installed, if not please check this). To create this environment follow the below steps in the terminal:

~ % mkdir opencv_logo_proj
~ % cd opencv_logo_proj
opencv_logo_proj ~ % python3 -m venv venv

This creates a virtual environment in our working directory opencv_logo_proj if we notice there is a folder created named venv in the directory.

To activate this venv, we can do the following:

opencv_logo_proj ~ % source venv/bin/activate
(venv) opencv_logo_proj ~ %

(venv) prefix in terminal means that this environment is active for us to do the work. Now nothing outside of it will be affected and libraries will only be installed in this environment.

So moving on, first we upgrade the pip, setuptools and wheel packages in python's virtual environment (to avoid any unwanted errors).

(venv) ~ % pip install --upgrade pip setuptools wheel

When you run the above command, it upgrades pip, setuptools and wheel in one go. Let's install OpenCV now.

(venv) ~ % pip install opencv-contrib-python

We are going to install OpenCV with all its main modules and contrib modules (this contains ongoing work, but mostly a stable version).

After you hit enter on that, you should see something like this:

Collecting opencv-contrib-python
  Downloading opencv_contrib_python- (51.3 MB)
     |████████████████████████████████| 51.3 MB 7.5 MB/s 
Collecting numpy>=1.17.3
  Downloading numpy-1.20.2-cp38-cp38-macosx_10_9_x86_64.whl (16.0 MB)
     |████████████████████████████████| 16.0 MB 3.9 MB/s 
Installing collected packages: numpy, opencv-contrib-python

OpenCV is dependent on NumPy, hence it installs that as well. If you faced any issue during the OpenCV installation, please reach out to me in the comments.

Let's move on to the fun part.

OpenCV Logo Using OpenCV

Our objective is to draw this:


Let's create a file, name it openCvSymbolDrawing.py (or whatever you like). Add the following lines of code in it:

# ./opencv_logo_proj/openCvSynmbolDrawing.py

import cv2
import numpy as np

#output image
img = np.full((360, 512, 3), 255, dtype="uint8")
  • First, we import required libraries, import cv2 imports OpenCV computer vision library and import numpy as np imports numpy with an alias np.
  • Then we create the output image where we will draw the OpenCV logo. OpenCV works with NumPy under the hood and treats images as NumPy arrays.

The important thing to note here is that the dimensions (360, 512, 3) are measured from the top-left corner of the image. So, it took 360 points downwards (y-axis) from that corner and took 512 points towards the right (x-axis) from that corner and 3 represents it is a 3-dimensional array (also represents its a 3 channel image, namely - Blue, Green, Red), which by the way all BGR images are in OpenCV (GRAY images are 2-dimensional).


Now, there are several drawing utilities present in cv2 that can help us to achieve the desired results. Here, we are going to look at the ellipse form to draw the logo. Add the following code in the file:

# ./opencv_logo_proj/openCvSynmbolDrawing.py

img = cv2.ellipse(img, (256, 80), (60,60), 120,0,300,(0,0,255),-1)
img = cv2.ellipse(img, (256, 80), (20,20), 120,0,300,(255,255,255),-1)
img = cv2.ellipse(img, (176, 200), (60,60), 0,0,300,(0,255,0),-1)
img = cv2.ellipse(img, (176, 200), (20,20), 0,0,300,(255,255,255),-1)
img = cv2.ellipse(img, (336, 200), (60,60), 300,0,300,(255,0,0),-1)
img = cv2.ellipse(img, (336, 200), (20,20), 300,0,300,(255,255,255),-1)

img = cv2.putText(img, "OpenCV", (196,296), font, 1, (0,0,0), 4, cv2.LINE_AA)
  • We use cv2.ellipse to draw an ellipse on the image img. It takes image name on which it needs to draw img, centre coordinates that represent the centre of the ellipse (256, 80), axes length that represents major and minor axes of ellipse (60, 60), rotation angle at which ellipse needs to be rotated 120 degrees, start angle 0 degrees, end angle 300 degrees, colour ellipse uses (0, 0, 255) for red ellipse and the last parameter is thickness when set to -1 that fills the drawing with the given colour. This would make an ellipse like below:


  • img = cv2.ellipse(img, (256, 80), (20,20), 120,0,300,(255,255,255),-1) this statement creates a concentric ellipse to fill white color to get a desired shape.


  • Similarly, the next couple of statements creates green and blue ellipse with desired shapes.
img = cv2.ellipse(img, (176, 200), (60,60), 0,0,300,(0,255,0),-1)
img = cv2.ellipse(img, (176, 200), (20,20), 0,0,300,(255,255,255),-1)

We get a green ellipse of the logo.


img = cv2.ellipse(img, (336, 200), (60,60), 300,0,300,(255,0,0),-1)
img = cv2.ellipse(img, (336, 200), (20,20), 300,0,300,(255,255,255),-1)

At last, we draw a blue ellipse of the logo.


  • Next, we can add some more information if we want, like text. Here, we set a font with font = cv2.FONT_HERSHEY_SIMPLEX takes hershey simplex font, which we can use to style the text.
  • img = cv2.putText(img, "OpenCV", (196,296), font, 1, (0,0,0), 4, cv2.LINE_AA) this puts text on the image and takes following parameters, image where it needs to put text on img, text OpenCV, position of the text bottom-left coordinates (196,296), font style font which we defined earlier, font scale 1, color of text (0,0,0), thickness of 4 and lastly type of line cv2.LINE_AA (it is optional, we can also skip this).

Now, we display our final result and save the output, add the following code to the file:

# ./opencv_logo_proj/openCvSynmbolDrawing.py

cv2.imshow("OpenCV Logo", img)
cv2.imwrite('opencvlogo.png', img)
  • We use the cv2.imshow method to output the image for display but simply saying imshow means that it will show that image for a couple of milliseconds and complete the program and exits the terminal. We don't want that, we need to be able to see the image for as long as we want, right?
  • Here comes the use of cv2.waitKey that takes a parameter, say, 0 to let the system know to wait for a certain keypress until it exits the process. By giving 0 as the value, it means any keypress would continue the program and exit the process. To clear the display output we need to use cv2.destroyAllWindows() explicitly after using cv2.waitKey(0) to let system know to clear the output.
  • Lastly, we save the result using cv2.imwrite('opencvlogo.png', img) that takes the image file name and image to be saved.

The final output would look something like this:


Conclusion, Already?

Yeah, that's about it. We were able to draw a symbol almost (I would say 99%) similar to the actual logo. I hope you enjoyed the process of using a powerful yet simple to use library like OpenCV.

It was a fun activity I did, back during my college days. Hoping this would inspire you to pursue and look further at the capabilities of computer vision and image processing.

If you need more fun activities like this on computer vision, don't forget to check out OpenCV-Python-Computer-Vision.

  • Just starting your Open Source Journey? Don't forget to check Hello Open Source

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Till next time!

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Khushi Pratap's photo

Wow, super easy, super simple, kudos to you!

Thanks for sharing. Will share it with my students as a learning activity.

Siddharth Chandra's photo

Thank you so much!

Please share feedback from your students, I would love to hear what else they thought while doing this activity.

shashank sharma's photo

Amazing tutorial, bookmarked!

Siddharth Chandra's photo

Glad you found it helpful.

sharad kumar's photo

What is the best resource to learn computer vision? Thanks.

Siddharth Chandra's photo

I frequently visit Adrian's blog, he, in my opinion by far, is the best teacher out there to teach you computer vision. Try going through some of his blogs and see if you can develop an intuition for your problem on computer vision.