Benjamin Lannon

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Resizing images with ImageMagick ZSH function

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If I want to optimize an image by solely shrinking the dimensions, ImageMagick has a command to do this.

convert image.png -resize 50% image.png # This will shrink the image by 50% and overwrite itself

Although, I wanted to generate a shorter version of this where I always know I want to replace the image inplace and I don't have to remember the syntax for the -resize flag, as it is non-standard (Where single letter flags have a single dash and words have two dashes). I wrote a simple zsh function that I put in my ~/.zshrc file to do this:

convert $1 -resize $2 $1

Now that previous command can be shorted to

img-resize image.png 50%