Import reads an image from any visible window on an X server and outputs it as an image file. You can capture a single window, the entire screen, or any rectangular portion of the screen. Use display for redisplay, printing, editing, formatting, archiving, image processing, etc. of the captured image.
To select an X window or an area of the screen with the mouse and save it in the MIFF image format to a file entitled window.miff, use:
To select an X window or an area of the screen with the mouse and save it in the Encapsulated Postscript format to include in another document, use:
To capture the entire X server screen in the JPEG image format in a file entitled root.jpeg, without using the mouse, use:
import -window root root.jpeg
To capture the 512x256 area at the upper right corner of the X server screen in the PNG image format in a well-compressed file entitled corner.png, without using the mouse, use:
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.
Import options can appear on the command line or in your X resources file. See X(1). Options on the command line supersede values specified in your X resources file.
For a more detailed description of each option, see !ImageMagick(1).
the border color
megabytes of memory available to the pixel cache
preferred number of colors in the image
the type of colorspace
annotate an image with a comment
preferred size and location of the cropped image
enable debug printout
display the next image after pausing
vertical and horizontal resolution in pixels of the image
depth of the image
obtain image by descending window hierarchy
specifies the X server to contact
GIF disposal method
apply Floyd/Steinberg error diffusion to the image
specify endianness (MSB or LSB) of output image
include the X window frame in the imported image
preferred size and location of the Image window.
print usage instructions
the type of interlacing scheme
assign a label to an image
transform the image to black and white
replace every pixel with its complementary color
size and location of an image canvas
pause between snapshots [import?
efficiently determine image characteristics
pointsize of the Postscript, OPTION1, or !TrueType font
JPEG/MIFF/PNG compression level
resize and locate an image
apply Paeth image rotation to the image
sampling factors used by JPEG encoder.
set scene number
specify the screen to capture
number of screen snapshots
make this color transparent within the image
trim an image
print detailed information about the image
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