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Performing Image Magic with ImageMagick

Jun 25, 2010, 13:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joshua Price)

"Whether you know it or not, there's a good chance you've already used ImageMagick, at least if you're a Linux user. It's the image processor behind many graphics-related applications, and for good reason. With this one tool, you can perform dozens of common image manipulations and conversions from the command line or within a script/application. ImageMagick can convert, transform, draw, decorate, animate, and composite images. It can be used from the command line for quick needs or built into a more complex software suite. This guide will cover some of the most "magical" features of ImageMagick and provide examples of how to use it to solve everyday tasks.

"A note about convert: The command name convert will be used multiple times throughout this guide. It's one of several commands to access ImageMagick's features, not just converting between types. The fact that we begin a command with the word convert does not necessarily mean we are converting from one image format to another."

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