It's easy to save the coordinates of individual points, but for the life of me I can't seem to access the box's position and dimensions: {top, left, width, height}. How can I achieve this?

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After you draw one or more selection rectangles and click away from the image they are still there suspended in a xenon mist but they are only visible if you look dead ahead use the selection tool. We can extract that data from the underlying Cell expression with this Button:

Button["Copy ImageMarkers", 
    _[ImageMarkers, val_] :> val,
  ] // CopyToClipboard
] // CreatePalette

First make a selection in the image:

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Click Cancel in the Selection Tools dialog, but leave the image itself selected:

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Click the Palette button generated earlier, then on the clipboard is:

{{Rectangle[{54., 35.}, {240., 465.}], Rectangle[{132., 329.}, {465., 488.}]}}
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. Do you know how to delete just one of the rectangles? $\endgroup$
    – M.R.
    Mar 4, 2015 at 0:30
  • $\begingroup$ @M.R. Interactively or programmatically? $\endgroup$
    – Mr.Wizard
    Mar 4, 2015 at 0:32
  • $\begingroup$ Well I had hoped to create a UI tool that loads a virtual stack of images to go through this process quickly for building machine learning training metadata sets, need the bounding box for every target object in every image. So both I think! $\endgroup$
    – M.R.
    Mar 4, 2015 at 0:51

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