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Useful magick for images.

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Imagemagick website Examples of ImageMagick Usage

Since we are going text/prg based for most things, we may consider imagemagick as a fairly regular replacement for gimp. This effort will also lead to understanding graphic software terminology.

Waiting items below will be elaborated on and some eliminated.

Features and Capabilities

Command-line processing: utilize ImageMagick from the command-line.

ImageMagick command-line consists of

  • one or more required input filenames:

    • filename globbing magick *.jpg images.gif
    • explicit image format magick -size 640x480 -depth 8 rgb:image image.png
    • using built-in images and patterns magick -size 640x480 pattern:checkerboard checkerboard.png
    • STDIN, STDOUT, and file descriptors not sure what is going on??
    • selecting certain frames from an image magick 'images.gif[0]' image.png magick 'images.gif[0-3]' images.mng
    • selecting a region of an image magick -size 6000x4000 -depth 8 'rgb:image[600x400+1900+2900]' image.jpg
    • forcing an inline image resize magick '*.jpg' -resize 120x120 thumbnail%03d.png but better magick '*.jpg[120x120]' thumbnail%03d.png
    • forcing an inline image crop magick '*.jpg' -crop 120x120+10+5 thumbnail%03d.png
    • filename references magick @myimages.txt mymovie.gif magick image-%d.jpg[1-5]
  • zero, one, or more image settings.
  • zero, one, or more image operators.
  • zero, one, or more image sequence operators.
  • zero, one, or more image stacks.
  • zero or one output image filenames


Animation: create a GIF animation sequence from a group of images.

Bilateral blur: non-linear, edge-preserving, and noise-reducing smoothing filter.

Color management: accurate color management with color profiles or in lieu of– built-in gamma compression or expansion as demanded by the colorspace.

Color thresholding: force all pixels in the color range to white otherwise black.

Complex text layout: bidirectional text support and shaping.

Composite: overlap one image over another.

Connected component labeling: uniquely label connected regions in an image.

Convex hull: smallest area convex polygon containing the image foreground objects. In addition, the minimum bounding box and unrotate angle are also generated.

Decorate: add a border or frame to an image.

Delineate image features: Canny edge detection, Hough lines.

Discrete Fourier transform: implements the forward and inverse DFT.

Distributed pixel cache: offload intermediate pixel storage to one or more remote servers.

Draw: add shapes or text to an image.

Encipher or decipher an image: convert ordinary images into unintelligible gibberish and back again.

Format conversion: convert an image from one format to another (e.g. PNG to JPEG).

Generalized pixel distortion: correct for, or induce image distortions including perspective.

Heterogeneous distributed processing: certain algorithms are OpenCL-enabled to take advantage of speed-ups offered by executing in concert across heterogeneous platforms consisting of CPUs, GPUs, and other processors.

High dynamic-range images: accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes ranging from the brightest direct sunlight to the deepest darkest shadows.

Histogram equalization: use adaptive histogram equalization to improve contrast in images.

Image cache: secure methods and tools to cache images, image sequences, video, audio or metadata in a local folder..

Image calculator: apply a mathematical expression to an image, image sequence, or image channels.

Image gradients: create a gradual blend of two colors whose shape is horizontal, vertical, circular, or elliptical.

Image identification: describe the format and attributes of an image.

ImageMagick on the iPhone: convert, edit, or compose images on your iOS device such as the iPhone or iPad.

Large image support: read, process, or write mega-, giga-, or tera-pixel image sizes.

Montage: juxtapose image thumbnails on an image canvas.

Morphology of shapes: extract features, describe shapes, and recognize patterns in images.

Motion picture support: read and write the common image formats used in digital film work.

Multispectral imagery: support multispectral imagery up to 64 bands.

Noise and color reduction: Kuwahara Filter, mean-shift.

Perceptual hash: map visually identical images to the same or similar hash– useful in image retrieval, authentication, indexing, or copy detection as well as digital watermarking.

Special effects: blur, sharpen, threshold, or tint an image.

Text & comments: insert descriptive or artistic text in an image.

Threads of execution support: ImageMagick is thread safe and most internal algorithms execute in parallel to take advantage of speed-ups offered by multicore processor chips.

Transform: resize, rotate, deskew, crop, flip or trim an image.

Transparency: render portions of an image invisible.

Virtual pixel support: convenient access to pixels outside the image boundaries.