ImageMagick is a lightweight piece of software that allows provides you with an intuitive environment to create, edit, compose and convert bitmap images.
Comes with an outdated interface, but can be accessed via command line
Despite the fact that it is not overly complicated, the setup requires you to pay extra attention to the additional tasks that you want the application to perform. In this sense, you can choose to add the app’s directory to your system path, install legacy utilities, associate supported file extensions and install development headers and libraries for C and C++, to name a few.
Provides you with multiple tools for manipulated images
As previously mentioned, the main function of ImageMagick is to help you convert bitmap images to similar file formats, such as PNG, JPG, JPEG or BMP. At the same time, you can resize, rotate, deskew, flip, trim, add shapes, borders and various special effects like blur, tint, sharpen or threshold to name a few examples.
It is worth mentioning that ImageMagick also allows you to insert texts, create animations, montages, extract features, connect component labeling, edit complex text layout, access pixels outside the image region, overlap one image over another, so on and so forth.
Features of Image Magick
- Format conversion: convert an image from one format to another (e.g. PNG to JPEG)
- Transform: resize, rotate, crop, flip or trim an image
- Transparency: render portions of an image invisible
- Draw: add shapes or text to an image
- Decorate: add a border or frame to an image
- Special effects: blur, sharpen, threshold, or tint an image
- Animation: create a GIF animation sequence from a group of images
- Text & comments: insert descriptive or artistic text in an image
- Image identification: describe the format and properties of an image
- Composite: overlap one image over another
- Montage: juxtapose image thumbnails on an image canvas
- Motion picture support: read and write the common image formats used in digital film work
- Image calculator: apply a mathematical expression to an image or image channels
- 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
- Large image support: read, process, or write mega- and giga-pixel image sizes
- Threads of execution support: ImageMagick is threading safe and many internal algorithms are already threaded to take advantage of speed-ups offered by the dual and quad-core processor technologies