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"ImageMagick is a free and open-source software suite for displaying, converting, and editing raster image and vector image files. It can read and write over 200 image file formats." -

ImageMagick is a framework for manipulating images. convert is the CLI front-end for it, and there are other modules/libraries for php, perl, etc..


  • Does '''NOT''' handle DNG files. In OS X use sips to do this.


Overlay the date on the image

for X in *.jpg ; do
  convert ${X} -font Times-Roman -pointsize 70 -fill black -annotate +100+100 %[exif:DateTimeOriginal] ${X}-date.jpg

for X in *date.jpg ; do
  convert ${X} -font Times-Roman -pointsize 70 -fill white -annotate +98+98 %[exif:DateTimeOriginal] ${X}-date2.jpg

Delete all tags and metadata

convert -strip infile.jpg outfile.jpg

Generate blurry, dark terminal backgrounds from normal backgrounds

for X in * ; do
  convert -resize 1100x1100 "${X}" -blur 0x4 -fill black -colorize 75% terminal."${X}"

Generate shady versions of desktop pictures in OS X

for X in /Library/Desktop\ Pictures/*.jpg ; do
  IMG=$(basename "${X}")
  convert -resize 1100x1100 "${X}" -blur 0x4 -set option:modulate:colorspace hsb -modulate 20 ~/Pictures/terminal."${IMG}"

Crop the center of images out

for X in /Volumes/data-b/Timelapse/20120407-14* ; do
  convert "${X}" -gravity Center -crop 1920x1080+0+0 $(basename ${X})

Average many photos for a long-exposure style shot

convert *.jpg -average average.jpg

Multiply several images

convert *.jpg -background white -compose multiply -flatten multiply.jpg

Combine images always using the minimum value

convert *.jpg -background white -compose darken -flatten minimum.jpg

Combine images always using the maximum value

convert *.jpg -background black -compose lighten -flatten maximum.jpg

Swap red and blue channels (for IR photos)

convert infile.jpg -separate -swap 0,2 -combine swapped.jpg

Animate some images

convert -delay 20 -loop 0 *.jpg animation.gif

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