PIL 1.1.3 | March 12, 2002 | Fredrik Lundh, Matthew Ellis
The Python Imaging Library adds image processing capabilities to your Python
This library provides extensive file format support, an efficient internal representation,
and fairly powerful image processing capabilities.
The core image library is designed for fast access todata stored in a few basic pixel
formats. It should provide a solid foundation for a general image processing tool.
Let's look at a few possible uses of this library:
The Python Imaging Library is ideal for for image archival and batch processing
applications. You can use the library to create thumbnails, convert between file formats,
print images, etc.
The current versionidentifies and reads a large number of formats. Write support is
intentionally restricted to the most commonly used interchange and presentation formats.
The current release includes Tk PhotoImage and BitmapImage interfaces, as well as a
Windows DIB interface that can be used with PythonWin. For X and Mac displays, you can
use Jack Jansen's img library.
For debugging, there'salso a show method in the Unix version which calls xv to display the
The library contains some basic image processing functionality, including point operations,
filtering with a set of built-in convolution kernels, and colour space conversions.
The library also supports image resizing, rotation and arbitrary affine transforms.
There's a histogram method allowingyou to pull some statistics out of an image. This can
be used for automatic contrast enhancement, and for global statistical analysis.
Using the Image Class
The most important class in the Python Imaging Library is the Image class, defined in the
module with the same name. You can create instances of this class in several ways; either
by loading images from files, processing otherimages, or creating images from scratch.
To load an image from a file, use the open function in the Image module.
>>> import Image
>>> im = Image.open("lena.ppm")
If successful, this function returns an Image object. You can now use instance attributes
to examine the file contents.
>>> print im.format, im.size, im.mode
PPM (512, 512) RGB
The format attribute identifies the source of animage. If the image was not read from a
file, it is set to None. The size attribute is a 2-tuple containing width and height (in
pixels). The mode attribute defines the number and names of the bands in the image, and
also the pixel type and depth. Common modes are "L" (luminance) for greyscale images,
"RGB" for true colour images, and "CMYK" for pre-press images.
If the file cannot beopened, an IOError exception is raised.
Once you have an instance of the Image class, you can use the methods defined by this
class to process and manipulate the image. For example, let's display the image we just
(The standard version of show is not very efficient, since it saves the image to a
temporary file and calls the xv utility to display the image. If you don't havexv installed,
it won't even work. When it does work though, it is very handy for debugging and tests.)
The following sections provide an overview of the different functions provided in this
Reading and Writing Images
The Python Imaging Library supports a wide variety of image file formats. To read files
from disk, use the open function in the Image module. You don't have to knowthe file
format to open a file. The library automatically determines the format based on the
contents of the file.
To save a file, use the save method of the Image class. When saving files, the name
becomes important. Unless you specify the format, the library uses the filename extension
to discover which file storage format to use.
Example: Convert files to JPEG
import os, sys