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Trims an image on all sides by a maximum amount specified by the user.

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last modified: April 25, 2015

USAGE: limitedtrim [-t trimlimit] [-f fuzzval] infile outfile
USAGE: limitedtrim [-h or -help]

-t ... trimlimit ... imit on amount of trim in pixels; integer>=0;
.................... default will limit the trim to smallest trim amount
.................... from all the sides
-f ... fuzzval ..... fuzz value (color tolerance) percent for trimming;
.................... float>=0; default=0

PURPOSE: To trim an image on all sides to a maximum amount specified by the user.

DESCRIPTION: LIMITEDTRIM trims an image on all sides to a maximum amount specified by the user.


-t trimlimit ... TRIMLIMIT is maximum amount of trim in pixels. Values are integesr>=0. The default will limit the trim to smallest trim amount from all the sides.

-f fuzzval ... FUZZVAL is fuzz value (color tolerance) percent associated with trimming. Values are floats greater than or equal to zero. The default=0

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.


Example 1
(source image)

(size 440x295)

-t 25 -f 5
(size 390x245)

-f 5
(size 412x267)

What the script does is as follows:

  • gets the trim width, height and offsets
  • computes crop width, height and offsets limited by the user supplied argument
  • crops the image

This is equivalent to the following IM commands for the case of automatic mode

  • ww=`convert -ping "$infile" -format "%w" info:`
  • hh=`convert -ping "$infile" -format "%h" info:`
  • triminfo=`convert "$infile" -fuzz $fuzzval% -format "%@" info:`
  • #echo "triminfo=$triminfo"
  • wt=`echo "$triminfo" | cut -d+ -f1 | cut -dx -f1`
  • ht=`echo "$triminfo" | cut -d+ -f1 | cut -dx -f2`
  • xoff=`echo "$triminfo" | cut -d+ -f2`
  • yoff=`echo "$triminfo" | cut -d+ -f3`
  • if [ "$trimlimit" = "" ]; then
    min=`convert xc: -format "%[fx:min(min(min($xoff,$yoff),$dx2),$dy2)]" info:`
    else [ $xoff > $trimlimit ] && dx1=$trimlimit || dx1=$xoff
    [ $yoff > $trimlimit ] && dy1=$trimlimit || dy1=$yoff
    [ $dx2 > $trimlimit ] && nw=$((ww-$dx1-$trimlimit)) || nw=$((ww-$dx1-$trimlimit))
    [ $dy2 > $trimlimit ] && nh=$((hh-$dy1-$trimlimit)) || nh=$((hh-$dy1-$dy2))
  • convert $infile -crop ${wd}x${ht}+${xo}+${yo} +repage $outfile