I have the following 8bit grey scale image:

enter image description here

The 2d FFT of this image, showing the color coded Abs[fft] values, is:

enter image description here

The code to obtain the FFT image is:

img = Import["https://i.stack.imgur.com/CA0nv.png"];

dimimg = ImageDimensions[img];
rdimimg = Reverse[dimimg];

fft = Fourier[ImageData[img]];
fftRotated = RotateLeft[fft, Floor[Dimensions[fft]/2]];

fftAbsData = Abs[fftRotated];

minc = 140;
myColorTable = 
  Flatten@{Table[{Blend[{Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange}, x]}, {x, 
      1/minc, 1, 1/minc}], 
    Table[{Blend[{Orange, Red, Darker@Red}, x]}, {x, 1/(256 - minc), 
      1, 1/(256 - minc)}]};

g = Colorize[
   ImageResize[Image[fftAbsData], {rdimimg[[1]], rdimimg[[2]]}], 
   ColorFunction -> (Blend[myColorTable, #] &)];

xfrequencies = (Range[rdimimg[[1]]] - Round[rdimimg[[1]]/2])/
yfrequencies = (Range[rdimimg[[2]]] - Round[rdimimg[[2]]/2])/

minmaxxf = MinMax[xfrequencies];
minmaxyf = MinMax[yfrequencies];

dy = minmaxyf[[2]] - minmaxyf[[1]];
dx = minmaxxf[[2]] - minmaxxf[[1]];

scaleFactor = 600;

imagefft = ImageResize[g, scaleFactor*{dx, dy}]


Now I would like to cut out the red ring and make a backward FFT to see which objects of the original image belong to the high amplitude fft data, seen in red.

How can I cout out a circular region in the fft image?

Even without cutting out a part I am not able to reproduce the original image from fft:


gives me:

enter image description here

Why does InverseFourier not reproduce the original image?

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    $\begingroup$ You may ctry to create a ellipsoidic annulus-shaped mask by something along the lines of DiskMatrix[{R1, R2}, {n1, n2}] - DiskMatrix[{r1, r2}, {n1, n2}]. Here, n1 and n2 are the image dimensions, R1, R2 are the outer radii and r1, r2` are the inner radii of the annulus. And of course, by InverseFourier but I expect you knew it already ;) $\endgroup$ Apr 16, 2019 at 11:06
  • $\begingroup$ @Henrik Schumacher: Thank you for the hint about how to cut out the annulus. $\endgroup$
    – mrz
    Apr 16, 2019 at 11:44
  • $\begingroup$ You're welcome. =) $\endgroup$ Apr 16, 2019 at 11:51
  • $\begingroup$ @Henrik Schumacher: I have a problem with `InverseFourier´ (see above). Do you have an idea where I make an error? $\endgroup$
    – mrz
    Apr 17, 2019 at 18:34
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    $\begingroup$ Try Chop, you can see that it works by checking that img - Image[Chop@InverseFourier[fft]] is a completely black image. (Alternately, you can call Max on the result and check that the largest value is on the order of machine precision, 10^(-16)) $\endgroup$
    – C. E.
    Apr 17, 2019 at 20:58

1 Answer 1


Using your image, you can first check that InverseFourier does indeed reproduce the original image:

inverse = Image[Chop@InverseFourier[fft]];
ImageDistance[inverse, img]

returns 3.90437*10^-6

Now I would like to cut out the red ring and make a backward FFT to see which objects of the original image belong to the high amplitude fft data, seen in red.

Well, don't expect "objects" - the Fourier transform is a global operation, so you'll basically see the result of a linear (bandpass) filter by masking in the FFT domain.

But you can try easily enough. Simply create a binary mask:

mask = Array[Boole[.15 < Norm[{##}] < .25] &, 
   Dimensions[fftRotated], {{-1., 1.}, {-1., 1.}}];

HighlightImage[Image[Rescale@Log[Abs@fftRotated]], Image[mask]]

enter image description here

Multiply it with the FFT and apply inverse transform:

fftMasked = RotateRight[mask*fftRotated, Floor[Dimensions[fft]/2]];

And display the real part of the result:


enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ thank you for the solution. I found out the the frequencies of the fft image are ALWAYS from -0.5 to 0.5, on both axes. Can you explain how I can interpret this value? $\endgroup$
    – mrz
    Apr 23, 2019 at 16:05

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