Saturday, 10 November 2012

Batch resize images to a fixed width and add watermarks


I've got a bunch of images that I want to make a resized version of to post online. Additionally, I want to add a watermark to each of these resized images. I already have ImageMagick installed in my OS X or Linux computer.


This is quite a specific problem with a very specific solution. This post assumes that you have read and understood the previous post found here. If not, the solution in this blog post should still be somewhat clear, if not a little fast-paced.

For the sake of this post, let's assume that the source images are a bunch of .JPG images. Additionally, let's assume that we want to resize our images to a width of 320 pixels while maintaining the aspect ratio of the original image. Finally, let's assume that we want to give our images the semi-transparent watermark "", using the font located at "/Library/Fonts/Arial.ttf". To prevent overriding our original images, we will also create a new sub-folder called 'results'. Below is an example Terminal command of how to do all of this (with line-breaks added for legibility):

$ mkdir ./results
$ mogrify -font /Library/Fonts/Arial.ttf -pointsize 88 -verbose
          -draw "fill rgba(255,255,255,0.5) text 24,75
          -path ./results -resize 320 -quality 86 -format jpg *.JPG

Phew, what an ugly, long command. What does it all mean?

The "-font /Library/Fonts/Arial.ttf -pointsize 88" selects the Arial TrueType font with a point-size of 88pt. The "-verbose" flag outputs verbose information to the terminal while the conversion is being done. The "-draw "fill rgba(255,255,255,0.5) text 30,80 ''"" portion tells ImageMagick to render the text "" with a fill colour of white and an alpha of 0.5, starting at the (x,y) coordinate of (24,75) of the original image.

The "-path ./results" indicates that the resized images should be written to the "results" sub-folder. Note that all files in that sub-folder with the same name will be written over without warning! Additionally, omitting this flag will write over all of your original images!

Next, "-resize 320 -quality 86 -format jpg" indicates that the images should be resized to have a width of 320 pixels, maintaining the original aspect-ratio, and then converted to jpeg with a quality of 86. Finally "*.JPG" indicates that this command should convert all images with the suffix .JPG (case-sensitive).

Note that the text is drawn onto the original image prior to the image being scaled down to the final desired size.

Let's see how well this worked. The following two images will show an image before this command is run, and the resulting image afterwards. Note that the original image dimensions are 3264x2448 pixels, however this image is not included in this post. (A slightly-larger version can be found here!)

Original image (scaled to width 300px):

Watermarked image:

Where can this be useful:

Imagine that you had a hundred images you wanted to automatically watermark and resize, or imagine that you have created a web app that requires re-sizing and watermarking previews of images. Using ImageMagick to perform this task is a quick way to achieve the desired results without needing to program anything complex, or use programs such as Photoshop. This post only touched the surface of what ImageMagick can do. For more details on resizing, or details on drawing on images automatically with ImageMagick, check out the following references.



  1. Hi this nice post. Thanks for provide the helpful information.

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  2. Thanks Maniks, glad it came in handy!