Fred's ImageMagick Scripts


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Applies a non-linear change to the chroma channel of an image.

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last modified: November 15, 2017

USAGE: vibrance2 [-a amount] infile outfile
USAGE: vibrance2 [-h or -help]

-a ... amount ... vibrance amount; float>=0; default=1; no change

PURPOSE: To apply a non-linear change to the chroma channel of an image.

DESCRIPTION: VIBRANCE applies a non-linear change to the vibrance of an image using a gamma adjustment of the chroma channel in HCL colorspace. image.


-a amount ... AMOUNT is the vibrance value relative to 1. Values are floats>=0. The default=1 (no change). Larger values increase the vibrance and smaller values decrease the vibrance.

REQUIREMENTS: IM 6.8.6-3 or greater in order to properly use HCL colorspace after a bug was fixed.

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

-a 1.5

-a 1.75

-a 2.0

Reference 2x Saturation:
-define modulate:colorspace HCL -modulate 100,200,100

(note the red colors are much more saturate here than in the vibrance results)

What the script does is as follows:

  • Converts the image to HCL colorspace
  • Clones the Chroma channal and applies a gamma adjustment
  • Removes the old Chroma channel
  • Recombines the H, new C and L channels
  • Converts to sRGB colorspace

This is equivalent to the following IM commands

  • convert "$infile" \
    -colorspace HCL -separate \( -clone 1 -gamma $amount \) \
    -swap 1,-1 +delete -set colorspace HCL -combine -colorspace sRGB \