Convert image to monochrome using MSL

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Convert image to monochrome using MSL

Post by twardega » 2009-05-07T09:35:17-07:00

I am new to IM and need some help with MSL. I would like to use MSL to convert photographs to monochrome MONO format.
I need to do the following:
- resize the image to 160x120 pixels
- rotate 180 degrees
- everything black or dark gray needs to be black
- everything else (all other colors dark or light) need to be white

Here is the first version of MSL that does not do exactly what I like because it converts colors to grayscale before creating a monochrome image:
<read filename="input.jpg" />
<resize width="160" height="120" />
<rotate degrees="180" />
<quantize dither="true" colors="2" colorspace="gray" />
<normalize />
<write filename="output.mono" />

Any ideas for accomplishing what I need or doing things better will be greatly appreciated!


Re: Convert image to monochrome using MSL

Post by twardega » 2009-05-08T20:17:29-07:00

OK. Maybe a different question. I would like to do the following in MSL using 1 conjure call. This series of calls converts an image input.jpg to BW out.gif using several intermediate steps - this is a local thresholding method shown on Fred's ImageMagick scripts site ( ... /index.php) This works great for what I need, but I would like to use MSL to do this and avoid creating intermediate files. I will greatly appreciate your advice on how to use MSL in this case.

convert -quiet -regard-warnings input.jpg -colorspace Gray -alpha off +repage 1_A.mpc
convert 1_A.mpc -negate 1_A.mpc
convert 1_A.mpc -blur "0x8" 1_M.mpc
convert 1_A.mpc 1_M.mpc -compose difference -composite -gamma 2 1_S.mpc
convert 1_A.mpc 1_M.mpc +swap -compose minus -composite ( 1_S.mpc -evaluate multiply 0.2 ) \
+swap -compose minus -composite -threshold 1 1_T.mpc
convert 1_T.mpc -negate out.gif

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