Fred's ImageMagick Scripts


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Enhances the colors in an image.

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last modified: May 31, 2021

USAGE: vividize [-a amount] [-c choice] infile outfile
USAGE: vividize [-h|-help]

-a amount .... amount of vividization; 0<=integer<=100; default=100 (full vividization)
-c choice .... choice for vividizing; color (c), intensity (i) or both (b); default=both

PURPOSE: To enhance the colors in an image.

DESCRIPTION: VIVIDIZE enhances the colors in an image, i.e. makes the colors more vivid. Processing is done in LAB colorspace.


-a amount ... AMOUNT of vividization. Values are 0<=integer<=100. The default=100 (full vividization).

-c choice ... CHOICE for vividizing. Options are: color (c), intensity (i) or both (b). The default=both.

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


-a 100

Example 2


-a 100

Example 3


-a 100

-a 50

-a 0

What the script does is as follows:

  • Reads the input image
  • Converts to LAB colorspace
  • Computes the minimum and maximum in each of the A and B channels
  • Then finds the mimimum or maximum closest to 0 or 100%
  • Then stretches the A and B channels from that offset to 0 and 100%
  • Also stretch the L channel to its full dynamic range
  • Saves the result

This is equivalent to the following IM commands

  • loval=`convert "$infile" -colorspace LAB \
    -format "%[fx:100*min(min(min(minima.g,minima.b),1-maxima.g),1-maxima.b)]" info:`
  • hival=`convert xc: -format "%[fx:100-$loval]" info:`
  • amt1=`convert xc: -format "%[fx:$amount/100]" info:`
  • amt2=`convert xc: -format "%[fx:1-$amt1]" info:`
  • convert "$infile" \
    \( +clone -colorspace LAB \
    -channel R -auto-level +channel \
    -channel GB -level $loval,$hival% +channel \) \
    +colorspace \
    -set option:compose:args "0, $amt1, $amt2, 0" \
    -compose mathematics -composite \