Ubuntu Linux: How to Resize and add Label to a many picture files 1


Lets say you have a ton of pictures or photos that you want to resize and add a semi-transparent label at the bottom of this bulk of files and even rename them using a pattern based on a unique number.

You can either do this manually or by using imagemagick. If you chose the second way follow these steps:

First of all install it, from bash/terminal call the following:

sudo apt-get install imagemagick

When that command is successfully completed, navigate to the location that the pictures are and once you are there:

In order to resize all pictures then issue the following command (in this example we make all pictures at most 1200px long or 1200px tall and keep the aspect ratio) :

mogrify -resize 1200 *

NOTE: It will affect the original files! So if you want to keep them make sure to copy them elsewhere BEFORE issuing the above command.

After the above is done, you can issue the following set of commands to:

  1. Get each file and find it’s dimensions (which later will be used for the label creation)
  2. Rename all pictures following the number based pattern
  3. Add a semitransparent label containing custom text at the bottom
counter=0; for i in *;
do let counter=counter+1;
width=`identify -format %w "$i"`;
convert -background '#0008' -fill white -gravity center -size ${width}x30 caption:" Some Arbitrary Text " "$i" +swap -gravity south -composite NewFileName.`printf %03d $counter`.jpeg;
done

This command will preserve the original files.
All together with printing the file that is being processed as debuging information:

mogrify -resize 1200 *; counter=0; for i in *; do let counter=counter+1; echo $i; width=`identify -format %w "$i"`; convert -background '#0008' -fill white -gravity center -size ${width}x30 caption:" Some Arbitrary Text " "$i" +swap -gravity south -composite NewFileName.`printf %03d $counter`.jpeg; done

Sample/Result Photos:

 


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  • George Michael Post author

    Similar Command to the one used to create the sample pictures:

    mogrify -resize 1200 *; counter=0; for i in *; do let counter=counter+1; echo $i; width=`identify -format %w “$i”`; convert -background ‘#0008’ -fill white -gravity center -size ${width}x30 caption:” University of Cyprus PhotoClub (http://photoclub.bytefreaks.net/) – 14 February 2012 – What Photos We Like ” “$i” +swap -gravity south -composite WhatPhotosWeLike14Feb12.`printf %03d $counter`.jpeg; done