Tag Archives: ImageMagick

Convert TIF to JPG with ImageMagick

My new project is digitizing film negatives. Following advice found on the DataHoarder subreddit, I’m scanning these files in the highest possible quality in uncompressed TIF files. These TIF files are too big for regular consumption, thus the need to convert to JPG.

ImageMagick is amazing, and does the job nicely. Make sure you have the imagemagick package installed, and it’s as simple as using the convert command.

This is my simple script for converting all TIF files to JPG, and outputting them to the same directory:

for file in *.tif; do echo converting "$file" to "${file%.*}.jpg"; convert "$file" "${file%.*}.jpg"; done

It uses bash substitution to remove the TIF extension in the resulting JPG file. It works beautifully!

Batch crop images with imagemagick

My scanner adds annoying borders on everything it scans. I wanted to find a way to fix this with the command line. Enter Imagemagick (thanks to this site for the help.)

I found one picture and selected the area I wanted to crop it from. I used IrfanView to tell me the dimensions of the desired crop, then passed that info onto the command line. I used a bash for loop to get the job done on the entire directory:

for file in *.jpg; do convert $file -crop 4907x6561+53+75 $file; done

It worked beautifully.

Crop pictures with ImageMagick’s mogrify

I recently needed a quick and dirty way to crop the bottom chunk of a large batch of scanned photos. Thanks to Linux and FOSS, this is possible with a fantastic tool known as imagemagick.

Simply install imagemagick to get the necessary tools

#Assuming you have a redhat based distro
sudo yum install ImageMagick*

Once installed use the mogrify tool (part of ImageMagick) to quickly chop the bottom part off:

mogrify -chop 0x45+0+0 -gravity South *.jpg

The above example chops the bottom 45 pixels off of every picture in the directory you’re in. Thanks to this site for the info. Handy.