Skeptick: Better ImageMagick for Ruby
Skeptick is an all-purpose DSL for building and running ImageMagick commands. It helps you build any transformations, from trivial resizes to complex mask algorithms and free drawing. In a nutshell, Skeptick is nothing more than a string manipulator and a process spawner. That's all it's meant to be. However, with Skeptick you get quite a few advantages over using plain shell-out or other libraries.
What you get
- Clean Ruby syntax to build ImageMagick commands
- Composable Image objects
STDERRoutput revealed in a Ruby exception
- Ability to save intermediate images for debugging
- Minimal memory consumption on shell-outs thanks to posix-spawn
- Emphasis on performing the whole transformation in a single command
Add this line to your application's Gemfile:
And then execute:
Or install it yourself as:
$ gem install skeptick
To use Skeptick, you simply require it and include the module into your class.
require 'skeptick' class MyClass include Skeptick def convert_some_image cmd = convert(to: 'result.png') do # ... end cmd.run end end
cmd object seen in above example can be inspected to see the exact command
that Skeptick will run. Simply use
cmd.to_s. Skeptick never
runs anything until you call
run (except for one very special case), so you
can inspect commands all you want before executing them.
If you don't want to require all of Skeptick, you can just require the core, and and select any specific sugar you want.
require 'skeptick/core' require 'skeptick/sugar/resized_image' require 'skeptick/sugar/compose'
lib/skeptick/sugar dir for all the goodies.
In Rails Skeptick will automatically use
cd_path. You can also configure your own.
Skeptick.logger = MyLogger.new Skeptick.cd_path = '/some/dir'
You can enable
debug_mode to display every executed command in the log.
Skeptick.debug_mode = true
Never insert any user input into any of Skeptick's commands. This should be obvious. Skeptick executes strings in your shell.
Take a look at logo.rb to see thow this logo was generated.
A lot is going on in the above script, no worries, it's just a showcase. I bet
the first thing you noticed is a shitstorm of little method names like
draw, etc. Well, they are all sugar. We will cover sugar
There are actually only 2 useful methods in all of Skeptick:
convert can be used both standalone and inside another
convert. You could
command = convert('image1.png', to: 'image2.png') do set :resize, '200x200' end # OUTPUT: # convert image1.png -resize 200x200 image2.png
Or you could put it inside, and it will become a parenthesized subcommand.
command = convert('image1.png', to: 'image2.png') do convert do set '+clone' # pull in image1 into parentheses set :resize, '100x100' # resize image1's clone in memory end set '-compose over' set '-composite' end # OUTPUT: # convert image1.png ( +clone -resize 100x100 ) # -compose over -composite image2.png
If you love parentheses a lot, you could nest
convert infinitely. However,
swap are your friends, learn them to
Oh, speaking of nesting — we can reuse that whole command inside another command
by passing it to
convert in place of an image filepath.
new_command = convert(command, to: 'whatever.png') do set '-resize 300x300' end # OUTPUT: # convert # ( image1.png ( +clone -resize 100x100 ) -compose over -composite ) # -resize 300x300 whatever.png
See what I did there? The
command from previous snippet is passed into
convert. If you have a
convert object in a variable, you can use it inside
convert object down the line. Nesting possibilities are endless.
The same snippet could also be written like this.
new_command = convert(to: 'whatever.png') do
set :resize, '300x300'
2 differences: 1 - instead of passing in
command as argument we declare it
inside the block. 2 - resize is a symbol. Any symbol passed into
automatically becomes a string with dash in front of it. Speaking of set.
set adds stuff to your command. You can give it any various arguments, it
# All same thing set '-resize 100x100' set '-resize', '100x100' set :resize, '100x100'
In addition to
set there are also
append to put stuff at the
beginning or end of a command, but they are rarely useful, and mostly for
implementing your own sugar.
Skeptick comes with a bunch of sugar. When you require Skeptick, you can simply require everything. This includes all the sugar functionality.
However, you can require just the core stuff described above, and select any sugar you want.
require 'skeptick/core' require 'skeptick/sugar/compose'
Compose is sugar that adds
compose shortcut to Skeptick's DSL.
command = compose(:multiply, 'a.png', 'b.png', to: 'out.png') do set :resize, '200x200' end # OUTPUT: # convert a.png b.png -compose multiply -resize 200x200 -composite out.png
It takes the blending type as the first argument, and injects some extra stuff into the resulting command.
convert, you don't have to list your images as method arguments.
Instead you could declare them inside the block using the
image method. The
following command does the same thing.
command = compose(:multiply, to: 'out.png') do image 'a.png' convert 'b.png' set :resize, '200x200' end
image is alias of
Since most of Skeptick's power comes from the ability to infinitely nest things,
here's an example involving a nested
command = convert('image1.png', to: 'result.png') do compose(:multiply) do image 'image2.png[200x200]' convert 'image3.png' do set :unsharp, '0x5' end end end # OUTPUT: # convert # image1.png image2.png[200x200] ( image3.png -unsharp 0x5 ) -compose # multiply -composite result.png"
Notice how we nest
compose inside of
convert, and then
convert inside of
This is more of a gimmick than a real feature, but you can use math operators
| to compose images. These are all based on
compose method. Here's a multiply example.
image1 = image('foo.png') image2 = image('bar.png') result = convert(image1 * image2, to: 'baz.png') # OUTPUT: # convert foo.png bar.png -compose multiply -composite baz.png
As you can see, this is equivalent of simply using
# Same thing result = compose(:multiply, 'foo.png', 'bar.png', to: 'baz.png')
Check out lib/skeptick/sugar/compose.rb for what these operators do.
clone, delete, swap
Skeptick provides methods
manipulate declared images in a sequence, just like in ImageMagick CLI.
command = compose(:over, 'image1.png', to: 'result.png') do # You could think of image sequence as a ruby array. Here's what it would # look like right now. # [ 'image1.png' ] compose(:multiply) do image 'mask.png' # loading another image for this operation clone(0) # cloning image1.png from outside "into parentheses" end # Sequence at this point: # [ 'image1.png', 'result of compose(:multiply)' ] delete(0) # deleting image1.png from the sequence and from memory # Sequence at this point: # [ 'result of compose(:multiply)' ] # At this point the only image loaded in memory is the one produced by the # compose(:multiply) command above. Let's load another one. image 'image2.png' # Sequence at this point: # [ 'result of compose(:multiply)', 'image2.png' ] # Now we have two images in the sequence. We can swap them in case we need # to change their order. swap # Sequence at this point: # [ 'image2.png', 'result of compose(:multiply)' ] # Now image2.png is first in the sequence, and the output of # compose(:multiply) is second. Since our outermost command is compose(:over), # at this point these 2 images will be composed over each other, and the # result written to result.png. end # OUTPUT # convert # image1.png ( mask.png -clone 0 -compose multiply -composite ) # -delete 0 image2.png +swap -compose over -composite result.png
You can use
delete to refer to multiple images at once by passing
mutliple indexes as arguments, like
delete(0,1). Ranges are
also accepted. Without any arguments
delete are translated to
+delete. They then refer to the last image in the
sequence. Same with
swap - you can provide two indexes in arguments like
swap(1,3) to swap any 2 images in the sequence, or without arguments it'll
+swap - which swaps last two images.
Sometimes you might want to take a look at an intermediate image that's being
generated inside parentheses, nested somewhere in your command. You can do so
with the help of
write '/path/to/img.png', which is defined in
command = convert(to: 'result.png') do compose(:multiply, 'a.png', 'b.png') do write '~/Desktop/debug.png' end set :resize, '200x200' end
In this case the result of inner
compose command will be saved to desktop
without affecting anything else. This is a feature that already exists in
ImageMagick, as you can see for yourself from generated command:
convert ( a.png b.png -compose multiply -composite -write ~/Desktop/debug.png ) -resize 200x200 result.png
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