"In the olden times wizards took their raw ingredients,
mixed them together in a big pot, swang their magic wand, murmured
their spells... and suddenly someone was turned into a frog. In our
modern times wizards are like everyone else in society highly
specialised and their spell books only contain a few useful spells
for very specific tasks. So ImageMagick is no spell book for
general use. In many aspects it can't compete with The Gimp or many
other graphic programs but it has some specialised features that
are very useful. Its real strength lies in the possibility to
automate a lot of its processes when working with it on the shell.
"But before we are going to divulge some spells to you let's
have a quick look at the raw ingredients first:"