One problem I encountered recently was saving space on the web server which was being used to store user-uploaded photos. The current upload directory was approaching 8 GB in size – the limit for the Ubuntu Amazon AIM. So I had to find a quick solution to compressing the images (some of which had resolutions of 5 megapixels and higher).
I found that using
mogrify (which somes with ImageMagick) was a quick and easy solution to resizing the images. I first had to Install
ImageMagick on the server:
Then, I was ready get compressing. I wanted to resize all images larger than 1024 x 1014 pixels to that size.
The command explained:
- Resizes images larger than 1024×1024 to 1024×1024, while keeping the correct aspect ratio.
- Resize all images to 1024×1024. Images larger than this size will be scaled down, while smaller images will be scaled up.
- Resize all images with the ‘jpg’ extension
-verbose flag will explain how the image was resized, giving the before and after dimensions.
mogrify can also be used for other manipulation operations, like converting a JPEG image to PNG. Typing in the commend without any flags will give you other operations you can perform, or you can read more about it here.