Imagemagick is cool ! [How to use Imagemagick]

Design from the Command Line

Imagemagick is a tool for photo editing like GIMP or Adobe Photoshop, But it isn’t in a GUI mode like GIMP or Adobe Photoshop it is for the command line.  If you want to know more about this tool I suggest you to go to the Imagemagick.org

This is a very short tutorial that shows how powerful this tool can be.

Note: This tutorial is about GNU/Linux users didn’t try it on any windows machine.

Most of the modern GNU/Linux distrobution has Imagemagick pre-installed

When you insall the Imagemagick pack it comes with some cool tools, example the display tool it allows you to view pictures:

ardian@skullnet:~/Pictures$ display meditate-tiny.jpg

Now for some reason you want to Grayscale an image it is very simple.

ardian@skullnet:~/Pictures$ ls convert -colorspace Gray meditate-tiny.jpg output.png

ardian@skullnet:~/Pictures$ convert -bordercolor yellow -border 8 richard-stallman.jpg output.png

$ convert [input-options] input-file [output-options] output-file

These are just little things that you could do with Imagemagick if you want to know more options you can check man convert.

This shows that even without using a mouse you can design, you have only to know what you do. Imagemagick is useful when you want for example to make black and white all of your photos you could do that with a command or a bash script.

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About ardian
I'm a young free/libre open source software/linux, enthusiast who has been working on promoting FLOSS in Kosovo. I'm helping my fellow peopel here in Kosovo in learning GNU/Linux. I helped run the first SFK09(Software Freedom Kosova 09) conference. I organised and talked in many locations in my country. I also have been learning and working on the OpenStreetMap project for Kosovo. I'm working on translating different software packages into Albanian.

One Response to Imagemagick is cool ! [How to use Imagemagick]

  1. nicu says:

    I, as a photographer, use it a lot for batch operations like resize the entire content of a directory or add a watermark to all files in a directory.

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