ImageMagick is a basic image editor and converter that is easy to use [Windows]

There are dozens if not hundreds of free image editing programs for Windows, and all but a few are created by and for their developers for one of a few specific tasks. They wind up weird and one-off, and are generally useless to the outside world. ImageMagick is different.

ImageMagick offers the standard array of image editing features. You can resize an image, flip it, mirror it, draw text and other graphics, and lots of other things. However, where it’s really useful is in its basic editing. Although it misses a lot of batch options and color adjustment options like previously covered programs do, it allows you to do basic image rotation, format conversion, and more.

Overall, ImageMagick is a relatively easy to use program, and while it’s certainly not the most useful program in the world, it’s still nice for basic editing abilities. Note that upon download, you may be confused as to which programs are which. ImageMagick comes with an extensive command line database, and to access the interface, you’ll need to open IMDisplay.exe.

Price: Free!

Version Discovered: v6.7.9-1

Supported OS: Windows/Linux/etc

Download size: 47MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: N/A – file too large

Portability: No installation required!

ImageMagick homepage | Download link

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  • Becky

    Thanks Sahwn……

    I cannot figure out how that is remotely efficient. Maybe i’m tired of learning this stuff. My personal theory of software is that I learn it if I need to…….and apparently I didn’t need to.

    I gave up after reading the page you gave me, opened Picassa,imported the scan, cropped it and saved it to my hard drive.

  • Sahwn

    Hi Becky,
    A Perfect example is listed here http://www.imagemagick.org/Usage/crop/

    But considering it’s a scan if your using a white background you could also use this instead “convert -trim img.jpg” which would auto trim off the white from the actual image..

  • Becky

    I wanted to open the software, tell it to scan the document and then save the scanned jpg to my hard drive.

    Shawn it’s very kind of you to do that but not sure it will help me learn how to do it. I guess I should try it.

    If that’s too complex, tell me how to open a jpg and crop it and save it with a new name….that’s pretty basic. Maybe it’ll be enough for me to understand how to use the command line for what I want to do.

  • Shawn

    You can always create batch files using the for command. Re-Check the section called : “Batch Processing an Arbitrary Number of Files” A .BAT file once saved as text works the same way as any EXE file that has working code in it. Becky if you tell me what you would like to do with your collection I can paste you the script needed.

  • Becky

    Have now re-read http://www.imagemagick.org/Usage/windows/ and concluded that unless one uses a command line all the time this software likely isn’t gonna work.

    So sad.

    I have a collection of image software that I’d love to replace but, sigh, not yet apparently.

  • Becky

    Oh please. Give me a clue guys. I downloaded this and it doesn’t act like any other windows download. I clicked on imdisplay.exe and nothing opened. From the command line (Run__________) it opened a screen and did something but too fast for me to deal with (even in XP) and it’s been too long for me to remember DOS slow down and stop switches. Guess I’ll read some more of the web page and see if I missed some info.
    Thanks for sharing your work Locutus and Ashraf

  • kunkel321

    How do you launch the GUI? All I see is 16 exe files, all of which seem to do background (command line?) operations. ImageMagick is a stand-alone application and not an addin for another application–right? Thanks.
    EDIT: imdisplay.exe also appears to only open a command line… I will try putting the entire folder in Program Files, and see if it makes a difference.

  • mukhi

    how is it compared to GIMP and
    http://www.freeonlinephotoeditor.com/?

  • Shawn

    I’ve been using ImageMagick in the command line for ages and here’s a batch file example of something crazy I did at one point because I was bored.

    The following batch file creates all 16 million colors including every possible level of transparency.

    hex.bat
    =======
    @ECHO OFF
    For %%H in (0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F) do For %%G in (0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F) do For %%F in (0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F) do For %%E in (0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F) do For %%D in (0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F) do For %%C in (0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F) do For %%B in (0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F) do For %%A in (0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F) do convert -size 256×256 xc:#%%H%%G%%F%%E%%D%%C%%B%%A #%%H%%G%%F%%E%%D%%C%%B%%A.png
    ======

    I don’t suggest running it cause this will create extreme amount of files however it’s just to show you one of the many faces of ImageMagick.