Is there a lightweight tool to crop images quickly?

I need to crop images often – photos, printscreens, etc., and loading gimp for such a simple task takes way too long. Can you recommend a faster alternative?

Here is Solutions:

We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first solution because it is tested & true solution that will 100% work for you.

Solution 1

Gthumb is a nice image viewing/editing tool with simple editing tools like cropping. You can install Gthumb by running this on the command-line:

sudo apt install gthumb

Instructions for cropping in gThumb 3.2.8

  1. Open your image in gThumb

Is there a lightweight tool to crop images quickly?

  1. Open the Edit sidebar by pressing e or clicking on the easel in the top-right corner of the window

Is there a lightweight tool to crop images quickly?

  1. In the sidebar click on Crop and then crop the image as you desire

Is there a lightweight tool to crop images quickly?

  1. Once finished press Enter or Crop. Then, in the Edit sidebar press Save to overwrite the original file or Save As to save to a new image file.

Solution 2

On the command line, the tool to manipulate bitmap images is imagemagick Install imagemagick or graphicsmagick Install graphicsmagick (GM is a split of the IM project, and more actively developed). This is a good option if you often use the same parameters.

convert raw.jpg -crop 800x460+100+20 cropped.jpg     # ImageMagick
gm convert raw.jgp -crop 800x460+100+20 cropped.jpg  # GraphicsMagick

For ad hoc use where you need to see each image, you can use display (also from the ImageMagick suite) or gm display (GraphicsMagick) or Shotwell or Pinta or many other image viewers with light editing capabilities.

Solution 3

You can crop and export pretty quickly with Shotwell, it’s pre-installed. Failing that try Pinta, it’s in the Software Center.

Solution 4

Batch jobs and command line programs don’t work too well for cropping if you have lots of different things you want to crop (i.e. the subject is in different areas in each image). Image editors like gimp and even some lightweight viewers still annoyingly have crop hidden under a bunch of menus and then to throw load/save on top of that means most of your time is spent on navigation.

I threw together a small python script to automate a lot of this process but still let the human choose where to crop for each image:

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Uses imagemagick to do the crop, python/tkinter for the preview.

It automatically runs through all images in a directory, click the area to crop, scroll to adjust size, then space to save (in a subdirectory) and load the next image.

Solution 5

ImageMagick. Launchable from CLI with $ display <img>. Has visual cropping. Very lightweight (about 10Mb aside from dependencies), requires little more than libx11 and GNOME’s libxml2.

ImageMagick is a software suite to create, edit, and compose bitmap images. It can read, convert and write images in a variety of formats (over 100) including DPX, EXR, GIF, JPEG, JPEG-2000, PDF, PhotoCD, PNG, Postscript, SVG, and TIFF. Use ImageMagick to translate, flip, mirror, rotate, scale, shear and transform images, adjust image colors, apply various special effects, or draw text, lines, polygons, ellipses and Bézier curves. All manipulations can be achieved through shell commands as well as through an X11 graphical interface (display).


Solution 6

As people suggested on the Internet, try CropGUI:

It does just lossless JPEG cropping.

Solution 7

How about Gwenview, which is a highly customizable and easy to use image viewer/image managing application.

  • Crop function under “Menubar -> Edit -> Crop” or crtl + k
  • Also supports simple image manipulations: rotate, mirror, flip, and resize, basic file management actions such as copy, move, delete and others.
  • It is a Lightwave Application (with MB) and can be extended using KIPI plugins.


Solution 8

As a complement to the the main answers (gthumb, gwenview etc):

  • An image can also be opened with a viewer but then cropped with a screenshot tool. There are many such tools depending on the desktop. As now there is an Ubuntu Budgie I’ll take that example: Budgie has a panel applet to easily capture and save images; it may need to be added to the panel from the budgie settings.

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  • Opera browser has a crop and even editing tool. Opening the image in Opera (yes, you can), you can then crop and even add arrows and draw on it before saving.

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Solution 9

I had the same problem and created a tool exactly for that:

Just select the part of image you want to crop and press:

  • X to crop, or
  • Z to crop and go to the next image.

You can install it using pip by typing:

pip install --user inbac

or clone the repository and run it with poetry.

Solution 10

I use mogrify on the command line.

Go to the folder you want to modify and run:

$ mogrify -trim *.jpg

Done. It runs very fast. I just did several thousand images in 1 second.

Resizing is quite a bit slower.

I followed up the previous command with this:

$ mogrify -geometry 280x280\> *.jpg

(\> indicates to resize to maximum dimensions specified, so all images will fit within)

That took 8 minutes.

Solution 11

Can try Nomacs also, cropping and resizing is easily working there!

Solution 12

XnViewMP or IrfanView (under Wine). They worked for me ever since the Bronze (Windows) Age.

Solution 13

just installed KolourPaint (part of the K desktop environment which appears to include GwenView), and that did it for me. seems stable under RHEL6.5, and i’ll try it with Trusty tonight. i have very simple goals with this: support ctrl-V for paste directly after the app is started (something the otherwise great GwenView doesn’t support), and simple cropping (in this case, ctrl-T) and copying back to the clipboard for reuse in an office or instant messaging app. it also supports several paint features. still not a full replacement for irfanview (if there even is one…beginning to conclude there really isn’t), but i’ll live.

Solution 14

The following is more of a hack.
You can use the mpv media player with the following crop script.
Just bind a script-binding to toggle-crop in your input.conf, open your file in mpv, hit the binding and then use the keyboard arrow keys to move to the first corner, hit enter, and then do the same for the other corner and hit enter. mpv is pretty lightweight and this script shows a nice selection rectangle all the way. You can then hit s to save a screenshot of the result.

Note: Use and implement solution 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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