conjure - process a Magick Scripting Language (MSL) script

WARNING: Conjure and MSL are in very early development and the syntax is subject to change!

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Magick Scripting Language
> Synopsis

conjure [ options ] script.msl [ [ options ] script.msl ]

> Description

The Magick scripting language (MSL) will primarily benefit those that want to accomplish custom image processing tasks but do not wish to program, or those that do not have access to a Perl interpreter or a compiler. The interpreter is called conjure and here is an example script:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <image size="400x400" >
      <read filename="image.gif" />
      <get width="base-width" height="base-height" />
      <resize geometry="%[dimensions]" />
      <get width="width" height="height" />
      <print output=
        "Image sized from %[base-width]x%[base-height]
         to %[width]x%[height].\n" />
      <write filename="image.png" />

invoked with

    conjure -dimensions 400x400 incantation.msl

All operations will closely follow the key/value pairs defined in PerlMagick, unless otherwise noted.

Conjure is in the early stages of development as of April 2002.

This early announcement is to allow ImageMagick users to contribute ideas early in the process so when the scripting language is released it will be useful/stable from the get-go! If you want to contribute suggestions about the Magick scripting language (MSL), post them to

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> Options

Options are processed in command line order. Any option you specify on the command line remains in effect until it is explicitly changed by specifying the option again with a different effect, or if it is changed by a statement in the scripting language.

You can define your own keyword/value pairs on the command line. The script can then use this information when setting values by including %[keyword] in the string. For example, if you included "-dimensions 400x400" on the command line, as illustrated above, then any string containing "%[dimensions]" would have 400x400 substituted. The "%[string]" can be used either an entire string, such as geometry="%[dimensions]" or as a part of a string such as filename="%[basename].png".

The keyword can be any string except for the following reserved strings (in any upper, lower, or mixed case variant): debug, help, and verbose, whose usage is described below.

The value can be any string. If either the keyword or the value contains white space or any symbols that have special meanings to your shell such as "#", "|", or "%", enclose the string in quotation marks or use "\" to escape the white space and special symbols.

Keywords and values are case dependent. "Key", "key", and "KEY" would be three different keywords.

For a more detailed description of each option, see ImageMagick(1).

> -debug <events>

enable debug printout

> -help

print usage instructions

> -log <string>

> -verbose

print detailed information about the image

> -version

print ImageMagick version string

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> Magick Scripting Language

The Magick Scripting Language (MSL) presently defines the following elements and their attributes:
Define a new image object. </image> destroys it. Because of this, if you wish to reference multiple "subimages" (aka pages or layers), you can embed one image element inside of another. For example:
    <read filename="input.png" />
    <get width="base-width" height="base-height" />
    <image height="base-height" width="base-width">
    <image />
    <write filename="output.mng" />
    <image size="400x400" />
Define a new group of image objects. By default, images are only valid for the life of their <image>element.
    <image>   -- creates the image
    .....     -- do stuff with it
    </image>  -- dispose of the image
However, in a group, all images in that group will stay around for the life of the group:
    <group>                           -- start a group
        <image>                       -- create an image
        ....                          -- do stuff
        </image>                      -- NOOP
        <image>                       -- create another image
        ....                          -- do more stuff
        </image>                      -- NOOP
        <write filename="image.mng" />  -- output
    </group>                          -- dispose of both images
Read a new image from a disk file.
    <read filename="image.gif" />
To read two images use
    <read filename="image.gif" />
    <read filename="image.png />
Write the image(s) to disk, either as a single multiple-image file or multiple ones if necessary.
     <write filename=image.tiff" />
Get any attribute recognized by PerlMagick's GetAttribute() and stores it as an image attribute for later use. Currently only width and height are supported.
    <get width="base-width" height="base-height" />
    <print output="Image size is %[base-width]x%[base-height].\n" />
background, bordercolor, clip-mask, colorspace, density, magick, mattecolor, opacity. Set an attribute recognized by PerlMagick's GetAttribute().
fill, geometry, height, width
radius, sigma
radius, sigma
geometry, height, width, x, y
geometry, height, width, x, y
radius, sigma
fill, geometry, height, width, x, y, inner, outer
height, width
background, color, id, size
blur, filter, geometry, height, width
geometry, x, y
geometry, height, width
geometry, height, width
radius, sigma
geometry, height, width
x, y
> Authors

John Cristy,, ImageMagick Studio LLC,
Glenn Randers-Pehrson,, ImageMagick Studio LLC,
Leonard Rosenthol,, ImageMagick Studio LLC.


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