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GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams


The command line mogrify is excellent for modifying an image: resize, rotate, recolour, etc.

Resize an Image

$ mogrify -geometry

This will maintain the image's aspect ratio (the specified width and height are maximum values). To force a change to the aspect ratio append the geometry with an exclamation point.

Rotate an Image

$ mogrify -rotate

Reduce Colours

$ mogrify -colors 2 <filename>

Reduce and Dither Colours

$ mogrify -colors 4 -dither <filename>


$ mogrify -monochrome <filename>

Annotate Image

$ mogrify -comment 'My holiday highlight' <filename>


$ mogrify -border 2x4 <filename>

This adds a border of 2 pixels wide and 4 pixels high.

Decorative Border

$ mogrify -frame 20x20 <filename>

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