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Changes the brightness and/or contrast of an image

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last modified: April 25, 2015

USAGE: bcimage [-g] bri,con[,sat] infile outfile
USAGE: bcimage [-h or -help]

bri ................. percent change in brightness (+/-)
con ................. percent change in contrast (+/-)
sat ................. percent change in saturation (+/-)
-g .................. display mapping function graph

PURPOSE: To change the brightness, contrast and/or saturation of an image.

DESCRIPTION: BCIMAGE is designed to change the brightness and/or contrast and optionally saturation of an image. It works by converting bri and con into slope and intercept and and then into break points. The break points are then converted into a 1-D image look up table. This LUT is then used with clut or -fx to process the image. If the image is not grayscale and a sat value provided, it will convert the image into HSL space and then modify the saturation channel by changing the gamma using -gamma. Both bri and con are required. The range of values for bri,con,sat are -100 to +100. A value of 0,0[,0] leaves the image unchanged. If the image is grayscale, then it simply processes the image for brightness and contrast. The -g option displays a graph of the piece-wise linear mapping function between the input and output grayscale domains (scaled to the range of 0 to 100). The graph is normally just viewed, but a default parameter in the program can be set to allow it to be saved as outfilename_graph.gif. To end the script, close/quit the graph image.

Arguments: -h or -help ....... displays help information.

Arguments: -g ................ displays graph of intensity mapping function.

Note: -g must come before bri,con[,sat]

CAVEAT: No guarantee that this script will work on all platforms, nor that trapping of inconsistent parameters is complete and foolproof. Use At Your Own Risk.


Original Image

artificially brightened and contrast lowered
convert lena.jpg -fx ".724u+.310" lena_poor.jpg

Brightness, Contrast, (Saturation) Changes



full contrast

zero contrast

break points:
0,0 28,0 100,90

Break Points:
0,0 14,0 100,95

Break Points:
0,0 49,0 50,100 100,100

Break Points:
0,50 100,50

The second example above from the left does the following:

  • Separates the RBG image into HSB channels and saves the Saturation channel
  • Convert the slope (1.121) and intercept (-.166) into break points (0,0 14,0 100,95)
  • Convert the break points into a LUT image
  • Applies the LUT image to each RGB channel
  • Separates the new RBG image into HSB channels
  • Applies a gamma of 1.409 to the new Saturation channel.
  • Merges the Hue, Saturation and Brightness channels back as an RBG image.

This is equivalent to the following IM commands:

  • convert lena_poor.jpg -colorspace RGB tmp0.jpg
  • convert tmp0.jpg tmplut.jpg -clut tmp0p.jpg
  • convert tmp0p.jpg -colorspace $colormodel -channel R -separate tmp1.jpg
  • convert tmp0p.jpg -colorspace $colormodel -channel G -separate tmp2.jpg
  • convert tmp0p.jpg -colorspace $colormodel -channel B -separate tmp3.jpg
  • convert tmp2.jpg -gamma 1.409 tmp2p.jpg
  • convert tmp0.jpg -colorspace HSB tmp1.jpg -compose CopyRed -composite \
    tmp2p.jpg -compose CopyGreen -composite tmp3.jpg -compose CopyBlue -composite \
    -colorspace RGB lena_b-10_c10_s30.jpg