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: December 16, 2018

USAGE: vibrance3 [-a amount] infile outfile
USAGE: vibrance3 [-h or -help]

-a ... amount ... vibrance amount; float; positive values increase vibrance and
................. negative values decrease vibrance; default=0; no change

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

DESCRIPTION: VIBRANCE3 applies a non-linear change to the vibrance of an image using a sigmoidal-contrast adjustment of the chroma channel in HCL colorspace.


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

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.


Example 1 -- Increasing Vibrance

Original Image

-a 1

-a 2

-a 3

-a 4

Example 2 -- Decreasing Vibrance

Original Image

-a -1

-a -2

-a -3

-a -4

What the script does is as follows:

  • Converts the image to HCL colorspace
  • Adjusts the sigmoidal-contrast on the green (Chroma) channel only
  • Converts back to sRGB colorspace

This is equivalent to the following IM commands

  • sign=`convert xc: -format "%[fx:sign($amount)]" info:`
  • if [ $sign -eq -1 ]; then
    elif [ $sign -eq 1 ]; then
  • amount=`convert xc: -format "%[fx:abs($amount)]" info:`
  • convert -quiet "$infile" -colorspace HCL \
    -channel g ${sgn}sigmoidal-contrast $amount,0% +channel \
    -colorspace sRGB +repage "$outfile"