ImageMagick: a simple, scriptable tool to convert, edit and compose Images

There lots of software for customizing image files, but most of them are not simple and user-friendly. So if you’re looking for a simple and free customizing tool for images, check this one out.

ImageMagick is a can convert, edit, and even help you create image files, and supports tons of image formats including jpeg, gif, png, tiff, and many more.

You can use ImageMagick to resize, flip, mirror, rotate, distort, shear and transform images, adjust image colors, apply various special effects, or draw text, lines, polygons, ellipses and Bézier curves and a lot more besides.

What is different about ImageMagick is that you can use it to modify or create images dynamically and automatically via a scripting language interface (good for developers, but easy to come to grips with for the layman as well). The ImageMacgick interface, moreover, is simple and very easy to use.


What can you do with it? The developers of ImageMagick give you many editing options. ImageMagick can do the following:

  • Format conversion
  • Transform
  • Transparency
  • Draw
  • Decorate
  • Special effects
  • Animation
  • Text & comments
  • Image identification
  • Composite
  • Montage
  • Generalized pixel distortion
  • Morphology of shapes

However, not all these options are available in the GUI mode of this application, and you might have to use the Command line for some of them. A more detailed tutorial on how to use the command line can be read on developer’s website (here). Moreover, the command line utility is particularly useful when you want to apply the same operations to multiple images or repeat certain operations at different times to the same or different set of image(s).

ImageMagick is completely free and is great, useful software. The only drawback is that it’s not for everyone, and people who are more accustomed to command line scripts will be happier and more comfortable using this program that others.

Download Imagemagick (Windows)

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  • Beecher Bowers

    ImageMagick really is a great tool. I’ve used it on apache in the past for on-the-fly web-based resizing of images and thumbnail creation. Thanks for the great article, Hammad.

  • Sebastian103

    So many people are using this lately. Maybe I can check it too! But currently I’m using this for imaging tool. Simple functionality, but enough for me.