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Interactive image segmentation task guide

The MediaPipe Interactive Image Segmenter task lets you divide an image into two regions: a selected object and everything else. The task takes a location in an image, estimates the boundaries of an object at that location, and returns image data defining the area of the object. You can use this task to interactively select an object in an image and use the output to apply effects to the image, such as color overlays highlighting the object or blurring the background around it. This task operates on image data with a machine learning (ML) model and you can use it on single images, video files, or a continuous video stream.

Get Started

Start using this task by following one of these implementation guides for your target platform. These platform-specific guides walk you through a basic implementation of this task, including a recommended model, and code example with recommended configuration options:

Task details

This section describes the capabilities, inputs, outputs, and configuration options of this task.


  • Input image processing - Processing includes image rotation, resizing, normalization, and color space conversion.
Task inputs Task outputs
  • Point of interest coordinates for an object in an image
  • Image file to be processed
Interactive Image Segmenter outputs segmented image data, which can include one or both of the following, depending on the configuration options you set:
  • CATEGORY_MASK: a list containing a segmented mask as a uint8 format image. Each pixel value indicates if it is part of the object located at the area of interest.
  • CONFIDENCE_MASK: a list of channels containing a segmented mask with pixel values in float32 format. Each pixel value indicates the level of confidence that it is part of the object located at the area of interest.

Configurations options

This task has the following configuration options:

Option Name Description Value Range Default Value
output_category_mask If set to True, the output includes a segmentation mask as a uint8 image, where each pixel value indicates if the pixel is part of to the object located at the area of interest. {True, False} False
output_confidence_masks If set to True, the output includes a segmentation mask as a float value image, where each float value represents the confidence for the pixel is part of the object located at the area of interest. {True, False} True
display_names_locale Sets the language of labels to use for display names provided in the metadata of the task's model, if available. Default is en for English. You can add localized labels to the metadata of a custom model using the TensorFlow Lite Metadata Writer API Locale code en


The Interactive Image Segmenter can be used with more than one ML model. Start with the default, recommended model for your target platform when you start developing with this task. The other available models typically make trade-offs between performance, accuracy, resolution, and resource requirements, and in some cases, include additional features.

This model identifies segments given image coordinates for an area of interest. The model uses a Convolutional Neural Network, similar to a MobileNetV3 architecture, with a customized decoder.

Model name Input shape Quantization type Model Card Versions
MagicTouch 512 x 512 x 4 None (float32) info Latest

Task benchmarks

Here's the task benchmarks for the whole pipeline based on the above pre-trained models. The latency result is the average latency on Pixel 6 using CPU / GPU.

Model Name CPU Latency GPU Latency
MagicTouch 130.11ms 67.25ms