The Imagick extension can be compiled directly into PHP or as a shared library. but the purpose of this tutorial, the exception getMessage() method provides. ImageMagick is not merely an image viewer—it offers a large number of utilities and options for image editing. This tutorial will explain more. This document is an introductory tutorial to the free-software Magick++ C++ ImageMagick is a free software package used for image manipulation, and it is.

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It is not a GUI image editor. ImageMagick is, first of all, an image-to-image converter. That is what it was originally designed to do.

That is, it will convert an image in just about any image format tell us if it can’t to any other image format. But it is also a library of image processing algorithms. Speed was never imgaick major feature of IM, which tutorizl more emphasis on the quality of the images it generates. That is not to say that it can’t transform images in a reasonable tutofial of time. It’s just not blindingly fast. Because of this, IM can be slow to perform certain processing operations, especially when attempting to compress images into image formats that have limited capabilities.

ImageMagick concerns itself mainly with images in the form of a rectangular array of pixelscommonly called a “raster. As a result, vector images are often processed badly when using the default settings.

PHP Tutorial – ImageMagick – Create, edit and compose bitmap images using ImageMagick

However, specific options can be used to improve this situation. A word about vector image formats. About These Examples of ImageMagick Usage These pages were developed from, and are a continuation of, my Collection of ImageMagick Hints and Tips page I first started inand placed on the new fangled world-wide-web making its appearance around the same time. Information on many aspects of IM, and notes not included in these pages, are still present in that document. However, while the present pages were designed for you to look at, the hints and tips document was imzgick for my own edification.

So, it may be vague or imagik in places.

You are welcome to look at it, learn, and make comments on it. Other examples were grabbed or developed from answers to users’ questions on he IM Forumsor contributed to me as solutions to various problems. I look forward to suggestions and e-mail from other IM users. Such e-mail generally results in improvements and expansions to these example pages.

As a consequence, some examples use shell ‘for-do’ tutoriao. The longer commands are broken into separate lines to try to further highlight the steps tktorial applied.

However, you can still use these examples from PC Windows batch scriptswith some changes to the handling of certain characters. With some slight adaptation, the examples can also be run directly from ‘ system ‘ calls in PHP scripts. Contributions and test examples are welcome. I recommend trying things out on the command line first, until you get them right, and then converting the operations to the specific API you are using.

Although the situation has improved enormously with IM version 6, the command line really only deals with a single image sequence at any one time. However, APIs do not have this limitation, and allow you to manipulate multiple image sequences, separately or together, to perform more complex operations. This ability makes it simpler to implement these examples using the IM API, and removes the need to save images as temporary files, as many of the command line examples require.


When using an API, only permanent and semi-permanent images need be saved imwgick disk. Basically, let the example pages give you a start, to let you see what is possible with ImageMagick. Then, formulate imagic, you want to do on the command line, before coding the operations in scripts and API tuyorial, where it is harder to make extensive changes. I also recommend that you comment your API code, heavilyadding the command line equivalents to what you are trying to do, if possible.

That way, you can check and compare the results against those using the command line. This lets you debug problems that you may come across later, especially as improvements are made to image processing in the Core ImageMagick Library. I also often re-use the output of previous commands in later examples.

Because of this, you usually don’t need to download any ‘test’ images in order to try out the examples yourself. However, such generated or built-in images are not always convenient. So, when I do use an external image, I tend to re-use that input image, or the results of previous examples, for imagickk examples in that section. Sometimes the original source image will be displayed or for larger images a link to the source image is provided.

More commonly only the final resulting image will be shown, as the input is well known or obvious. Almost all the IM example commands shown are executed in the same web jmagick in which they appear.

That is, the command you see is the command that was actually used to generate imqgick image. Because of this you can modify the page’s URL to download or view the input image s used by an example. See also the example of a Fancy Photo Index of those images. If text output or image information is produced by an example, it is saved to a text file, and an image of it is generated for display on the Web page.

Selecting the text output image will link you to a copy of the actual text output by the command. In all these examples, selecting the output image should let you download the image which was actually created by the example command. But be warned, not all browsers understand all image formats used.

External Image Sources By the way, most of the source images used in these examples come from Anthony’s Icon Libraryparticularly the background tileslarge clip-artand dragons sections of the library. This library actually predates the WWW. I created it indue to the lack of good, clean iconic images for use on the X Window System. The advent of the WWW has of course changed this, but my original library still exists and remains available as a source of images, even though it is not actively growing.

Some specific images, and larger images, are contributed by the authors of specific examples.


The authors of such examples are listed in the contributed section, or at the bottom of the page. If you are looking for a specific image, I recommend using Google Image Search or similar to find something appropriate. You can, of course, convert or resize such images using IM for your own purposes. However, you should be careful about copyright if you plan to use such images commercially.

The PNG image format supports images with semi-transparent pixels, a feature few other image formats provide. It is also a very well-understood image format and, as such, is usable by most of today’s image programs and Web browsers.

Technically, this is only problem with IE, not ImageMagick. Displaying Images on Your Screen Display problems can also occur when displaying images on-screen. Because of this, I recommend using a command like the following to tile a ‘ checkerboard ‘ pattern underneath the image, to highlight any transparent or semi-transparent pixels in it.

Normally, the command would output the results to your display, not onto a Web page like this. If you look carefully, you can see the checkerboard pattern though the semi-transparent colors.

However, the image, as a whole, is fully opaque. So, this technique should work on all displays, Web browsers, and image viewers.

PHP Imagick by Example

As of IM v6. However, it does not seem to handle images using color tables i. Using the ” x: See Show Output Display for more information.

Font Usage The fonts I use in these examples are from a small collection of TrueType fonts I have found over the years, and saved for my own use. Some of these are under copyright, tutorlal I cannot publish them online. You are, however, welcome to substitute other fonts that tutorjal have available. The examples should work perhaps with some changes to image size with any appropriate font you have available on your system. Microsoft “Arial” font, or even “Times-BoldItalic”, should work on most systems.

To see what fonts are currently available to your version of IM, run the following command Instead of using the command Often, the same questions of ” How do I The examples in these web pages, I hope, will answer most of the common “how-to” questions that arise. Germany – Marcus Knappe. Basic Usage Basic command and image handling.

Image File Handling Reading and writing images. Text to Image Handling Converting text into images. Compound Font Effects Font drawing styles and techniques.

PHP Imagick – Tutorial

Annotating Images Labeling and overlaying images. Yutorial and Framing Small reference images of large photos. Photo Handling Modifying photographs.

Lens Imagikc Correcting photo distortions. Montage, Arrays of Images Image indexes and arrays. Layers of Multiple Images Combining multiple images together. Animation Basics Creation and study of animations. Animation Modifications Changing and merging animations. Video Handling Handling real life video images.

Image Comparing Comparing two or more images. Advanced Techniques Complex manipulations of images. Background Examples Examples of creating random backgrounds. Repositories Links Links to other IM scripts and info.