I want to rotate this image enter image description here by -50 degrees, and then fill up the black space around the rotated image enter image description here with a bluish color. I can't find any documentation/answers that suggest how to do it. (Sorry about the poor question formatting).

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    $\begingroup$ ImageRotate[] takes a Background option. Set it to something like ImageRotate[img, Background -> Blue]. $\endgroup$ Jun 22, 2015 at 4:02
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    $\begingroup$ You could also try Padding -> "Fixed" or Padding -> "Reversed" to repeat the pixel values of the image itself. $\endgroup$
    – user484
    Jun 22, 2015 at 4:24

2 Answers 2


Perhaps this will motivate others or your own much better answer. In the following imr is the rotated image and piece is a piece of texture cropped from the image. It is then placed in an image of same dimension as imr and the in-painted then used to in-paint.

id = ImageDimensions[imr];
mask = Erosion[Binarize[MorphologicalComponents[imr] // Colorize], 5];
ol = Rasterize[Overlay[{Image[Graphics[{}, ImageSize -> id]], piece}
ip = Inpaint[ol, Binarize[ol]];
Inpaint[ImageAdd[ImageMultiply[imr, mask], ImageSubtract[ip, mask]], 
 ColorNegate@mask, Method -> "FastMarching"]


 Inpaint[ImageAdd[ImageMultiply[imr, mask], ImageSubtract[ip, mask]], 
  ColorNegate@mask, Method -> method], {method,
  {"TotalVariation", "FastMarching", "NavierStokes", 

enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ Very nice! +1 :-) $\endgroup$
    – Mr.Wizard
    Jun 22, 2015 at 6:02
  • $\begingroup$ Could be tidied up a lot more but do not have time at present $\endgroup$
    – ubpdqn
    Jun 22, 2015 at 6:04
  • $\begingroup$ The "TextureSynthesis" setting looks to be the best for me. $\endgroup$ Jun 22, 2015 at 10:09
  • $\begingroup$ @Guesswhoitis. I did this in a rush...could Abe done better. I too like texture synthesis and could crop out extraneous if desired...:) $\endgroup$
    – ubpdqn
    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:11
  • $\begingroup$ This is a beautiful answer. $\endgroup$ Jun 22, 2015 at 11:19

As already commented you can use the Background option for ImageRotate.
You might use DominantColors to select a background color.

img = Import["https://i.stack.imgur.com/Qr60D.png"];

ImageRotate[img, -50 °,
 Background -> DominantColors[img, 1]]

enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ thank you for introducing me to DominantColors +1 for that. :) $\endgroup$
    – ubpdqn
    Jun 22, 2015 at 5:24

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