Month: September 2011

Converting images in Python

I had a recent request to convert an entire folder of JPEG images into EPS or similar vector graphics formats. The client was on a Mac, and didn’t have ImageMagick. I discovered the Python Image Library¬†¬†to be enormously useful in this, and allowed me to implement the conversion in around 10 lines of Python code!!!

import Image
from glob import glob

jpgfiles = glob('*.jpg')
for u in jpgfiles:
    out = u.replace('jpg','eps')
    print "Converting %s to %s" % (u, out)
    img.thumbnails((800,800)) # Changing the size

What an elegant solution from Python —- “batteries included”

To be sure, using ImageMagick is more powerful, and Python wrappers (PyMagick), albeit old, do exist.