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It seems that ImageCrop allows one to specify the final size of the image. For example, ImageCrop[image, size, spec] crops image image to size size, and one can specify which side of the image the pixels should be taken from, using spec.

But, what if I don't know the final size size of the image? What if I just want to snip 10 pixels from the right side of the image? I might want to do this for a series of images, whose sizes are not known (at least immediately).

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Same basic solution using image take but wrapped up a little:

img = Import["ExampleData/rose.gif"];

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Crop[img_, {{dxl_, dxr_}, {dyl_, dyu_}}] := ImageTake[img, {dyl, -dyu}, {dxl, -dxr}]

Where dxl, dxr, dyl, dyu represent the x lext, x right, y lower and y upper sizes of crop.

Crop[img,{{10, 10}, {25, 25}}]

Removes 10 pixels from the left and right edges and 25 from the bottom and top.

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You can then apply the same trim a group of images held in a list, by the following


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When ImageTake is provided with negative arguments, it counts down from ImageDimensions, like Part – Dr. belisarius Jul 24 '12 at 20:11
@belisarius Thanks for that, I didn't really pick that up from the docs. Which reduces this pretty much to the same as your solution :) – image_doctor Jul 24 '12 at 22:15
From the help -n ... last n elements :) – Dr. belisarius Jul 24 '12 at 23:16
@Belisarius It must be the way I read them :) I took, ImageTake[image,-n] gives an image consisting of the last n rows of image to mean you got rows N-n+1 to N, not, 0 to N-n. As in -3 gives you the last 3 rows, not everything but the last 3 rows. – image_doctor Jul 24 '12 at 23:22
Well, you know: Mma docs have been written by 10^7 monkeys – Dr. belisarius Jul 24 '12 at 23:28

Your code would be

ImageTake[i, All, {1, -11}]


img = Import["ExampleData/rose.gif"];
ImageTake[img, {25, -25}, {10, -10}]

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ImageTake[ExampleData[{"TestImage", "Lena"}], {180, -180}, {180, -180}]

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Thanks! OK, I need to specify size as All. Cool! – Andrew Jul 24 '12 at 19:37
@MatthiasOdisio OBOE :) – Dr. belisarius Jul 27 '12 at 18:21

As an alternative to ImageTake, ImagePad will do the job using the syntax ImagePad[img, {{left, right}, {bottom, top}}]:

img = Import["ExampleData/rose.gif"];
In[10]:= ImagePad[img, {{0, -10}, {0, 0}}] == ImageTake[img, All, {1, -11}]
Out[10]= True

Note the difference between taking up to the last minus 10th column and removing 10 columns.

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