ImageMagick Tricks

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  • Understand what ImageMagick can do and why you will want to use it
  • Install the ImageMagick software on your own computer or a server, and understand your way around it
  • Create exciting text effects and produce eye catching logos and headings for use in your pages or applications
  • Slice, dice, and filter your images turn simple photos into mind-bending designs and illusions
  • Create thumbnails by converting file types, resizing, and cropping to consistent size, aspect ratio, and format. Or create complete image catalogues with thumbnails, file names, and information combined in a single image.
  • Make your images look 3D with clever application of blurs, displacements, and masks
  • Extract information from your files such as size, compression levels, and source information
  • Use ImageMagick to create GIF animations, from simple slideshows to gradual morphs and effects
  • Generate ImageMagick scripts in MSL using the conjure utility
  • Write web applications such as an advanced e-card generator, and even create your own Packt book cover!
  • Crystal clear explanations – this might be Magick, but there's no smoke and mirrors!

The book is packed with interesting and fun examples. We had a lot of fun coming up with cool ways to demonstrate ImageMagick's power, and we're sure you'll have fun learning how to create them.

Although the printed book is in black and white, there is a full colour PDF of the screenshots freely available that includes all of the images in the book. Use it to see exactly what the ImageMagick effects look like in colour, or browse through it and see just what you'll learn to do with this book.

ImageMagick is a free software suite to create, edit, and compose bitmap images using text-based commands. The commands can be issued from the command line, but more often will be included in web or desktop applications – carrying out complex image-manipulation tasks in response to the user's input.

ImageMagick is a popular way for generating images on-the-fly in web pages, whether it's generating thumbnails from a large image, or creating complex combinations of images, text, and effects chosen by a visitor or the web site's creator.

  • Complete tutorial and a gallery of tricks and techniques
  • Create impressive image manipulations and animations on-the-fly from the command line or within your programs
  • Complete PHP-based sample applications show how to use ImageMagick to add pizzazz your web site

Chapter 3 - Convert and Mogrify


Page Count 232
Course Length 6 hours 57 minutes
ISBN 9781904811862
Date Of Publication 23 Jun 2006


Sohail Salehi

Sohail Salehi is a veteran developer who recently decided to become a data scientist. He believes when you look at a programming challenge from a data scientist perspective, things started to change slightly and what used to be the ultimate solution, somehow morphs into a stepping stone for what really matters--data.

He won't lay down some tests and codes as soon as a programming challenge is handed to him, rather he has started to think WHY do we need to gather data, WHAT potential value is hidden inside this data and HOW to convert this potential into value that will make business thrive.

Although he has written a couple of other programming books before, The Sherlock Project is his first attempt to look at the programming challenge from a different perspective. This story is about discovering hidden values inside data and it is the project that he discusses in this book, Angular Services. In the past decade, he worked on some interesting projects with teams of bright developers. But challenges such as handling the traffic for a national newspaper website (NZ Herald) or creating a new game for Lotto (Lotto - 2nd Chance) are not attractive to him anymore. After he got his first certificate in Machine Learning from University of Washington, he decided to combine his development skills with new concepts that he is discovering in his new professional life and provide creative solutions for daily data-related challenges.

Technical concepts are not his only passion. He is an avid traveler and an adventurous surfer. Currently he lives in Bali, where the big waves are roaring most of the year, and he benefits from the rich Balinese culture and stunning tropical nature, which brings out the best of himself.