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ImageMagick command line replication with Image::Magick

by Trizor (Pilgrim)
on May 03, 2007 at 05:22 UTC ( #613313=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Trizor has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Greeings Monks,

I've been working with some images recently using imagemagick. I started by creating the desired image with the command line tools, but the final objective is to avoid forking off processes, so I would like to be able to use Image::Magick to replecate my steps. This is where I run into trouble.

A brief synopsis of the commands I've run (escape for your shell as needed):

convert ( imgbase*.gif -colorspace Gray -colors 2 -negate ) -colorize +$color -negate -transparent white outimg%02d.gif convert -background white outimg01.gif outimg02.gif outimg03.gif $etc +-flatten outcomp.gif

And the code that from what I've gleaned from the documentation should do the same thing.

my $image; print "Creating composite...\n"; my @imgfiles = glob("img*.gif"); my $compos = Image::Magick->new(size=>'3200x1324'); foreach my $img (reverse @imgfiles) { print "\t Compositing image $img... "; $image = Image::Magick->new(); $image->Read($img); $image->Quantize(colors=>2,colorspace=>"Gray"); $image->Negate(); $image->Colorize(fill=>"rgb(".(pop @colors).")"); $image->Negate(); $image->Transparent(color=>"white"); push @$compos,$image; undef $image; print "composed.\n"; } $compos->Flatten(); $compos->Write('outcomp.gif');

The docs seem kindof sparse and obstruse to me, so if there are undocumented caveats or other things I should know please light the darkness monks.

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Re: ImageMagick command line replication with Image::Magick
by zentara (Archbishop) on May 03, 2007 at 12:00 UTC
    I know what you mean.... the Perl syntax for Image::Magick is often quite different from the commandline version, and the docs are not very clear. All I usually do is look through the that comes in /ImageMagick-6.3.3/PerlMagick/demo, and see what it does. It's a fairly complete demo. Then there is the perl-magick-overview , (although I've sometimes found that it dosn't always have the correct syntax either). Finally, google, and searches, will sometimes yield clues to correct perl syntax for IM operations.

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Re: ImageMagick command line replication with Image::Magick
by strredwolf (Chaplain) on May 03, 2007 at 14:47 UTC
    I tried ImageMagick and the Perl Image::Magick for a while. However, PPM's kept being written as 16-bit RAW files, GIF's and PNG's weren't optimized tightly, and as you said, the docs aren't great. So I switched to NetPBM. Granted, I'm still forking off processes but it's a straight-forward set of tools.


Re: ImageMagick command line replication with Image::Magick
by halley (Prior) on May 03, 2007 at 13:33 UTC
    The question is, does your code work or not? You didn't relate what the actual trouble might be.

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