Fred's ImageMagick Scripts


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Creates a typewriter style scrolling text animation.

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last modified: November 20, 2023

USAGE: typewriter [-f font] [-p pointsize] [-t txtcolor] [-b bgcolor] textfile outfile USAGE: typewriter [-h or -help]

-f ... font ........ font or font file; only monospaced fonts work; default=CourierNewB
-p ... pointsize ... pointsize for font; integer>0; default=24
-t ... txtcolor .... color of text; any valid IM color allowed; default=black
-b ... bgcolor ..... color of background; any valid IM color allowed; default=white

textfile is a text file containing the lines of text

PURPOSE: Creates a typewriter style scrolling text animation.

DESCRIPTION: TYPEWRITER creates a typewriter style scrolling text animation.


-f font ... FONT is the font or font file. Only monospaced fonts will work. The default=CourierNewB

-p pointsize ... POINTSIZE for font. Values are integers>0. The default=24

-t txtcolor ... TXTCOLOR is the color of the text. Any valid IM color is allowed. The default=black

-b bgcolor ... BGCOLOR is the color of the background. Any valid IM color is allowed. The default=white

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

-f CourierNewB -p 24 -t black -b white

-f CourierNewB -p 24 -t red -b skyblue

What the script does is as follows:

  • Loops over each line of text from the text file
  • Uses label: to create increasingly longer text frames
    adding one character at a time
  • Uses -distort affine to scroll vertically