Is there any way to add scale bar to a image for example. I just need to add a bar and a text on top of it to all my images without having to rewrite

Graphics[{Thick, Thick, Yellow, Line[{{100, 100}, {166, 100}}], 
        Text[Style["10 μ", Yellow, Bold, 25], {120, 110}]}]

for every image.

I just want to put this bar and text at left corner of the images I have.


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    $\begingroup$ I'm soooo photogenic! $\endgroup$ Nov 5, 2013 at 1:39
  • $\begingroup$ But ... do you want to measure the white bar and resize your yellow scale accordingly? $\endgroup$ Nov 5, 2013 at 1:45
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry Yes! I do want to change the numneric as the size of the bar varies. But how can I do that in terms of the horizontal pixel of the image. lets say its a 640x480 image. And a 100 pixels in 640 relates to 10 micron. If I change the bar length to 200 it should show 20. $\endgroup$ Nov 5, 2013 at 1:47

1 Answer 1


Provided you have this image is in the same directory that your notebook with the name im.jpg, try this:

im = Import[NotebookDirectory[] <> "im.jpg"];
 Epilog -> 
  Inset[Graphics[{Thick, Thick, Yellow, 
     Line[{{100, 100}, {166, 100}}], 
     Text[Style["10 \[Mu]", Yellow, Bold, 25], {120, 110}]}], 
   Scaled[{0.15, 0.9}]]]

The result is here:enter image description here


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