Automated image processing for Django models
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ImageKit In 7 Steps

Step 1

$ pip install django-imagekit

(or clone the source and put the imagekit module on your path)

Step 2

Add ImageKit to your models.

# myapp/

from django.db import models
from imagekit.models import ImageModel

class Photo(ImageModel):
    name = models.CharField(max_length=100)
    original_image = models.ImageField(upload_to='photos')
    num_views = models.PositiveIntegerField(editable=False, default=0)

    class IKOptions:
        # This inner class is where we define the ImageKit options for the model
        spec_module = 'myapp.specs'
        cache_dir = 'photos'
        image_field = 'original_image'
        save_count_as = 'num_views'

Step 3

Create your specifications.

# myapp/

from imagekit.specs import ImageSpec
from imagekit import processors

# first we define our thumbnail resize processor
class ResizeThumb(processors.Resize):
    width = 100
    height = 75
    crop = True

# now we define a display size resize processor
class ResizeDisplay(processors.Resize):
    width = 600

# now let's create an adjustment processor to enhance the image at small sizes
class EnchanceThumb(processors.Adjustment):
    contrast = 1.2
    sharpness = 1.1

# now we can define our thumbnail spec
class Thumbnail(ImageSpec):
    quality = 90  # defaults to 70
    access_as = 'thumbnail_image'
    pre_cache = True
    processors = [ResizeThumb, EnchanceThumb]

# and our display spec
class Display(ImageSpec):
    quality = 90  # defaults to 70
    increment_count = True
    processors = [ResizeDisplay]

Step 4

Flush the cache and pre-generate thumbnails (ImageKit has to be added to INSTALLED_APPS for management command to work).

$ python ikflush myapp

Step 5

Use your new model in templates.

<div class="original">
<img src="{{ photo.original_image.url }}" alt="{{ }}">

<div class="display">
<img src="{{ photo.display.url }}" alt="{{ }}">

<div class="thumbs">
{% for p in photos %}
<img src="{{ p.thumbnail_image.url }}" alt="{{ }}">
{% endfor %}

Step 6

Play with the API.

>>> from myapp.models import Photo
>>> p = Photo.objects.all()[0]
<Photo: MyPhoto>
>>> p.display.url
>>> p.display.width
>>> p.display.height
>>> p.display.image
<JpegImagePlugin.JpegImageFile instance at 0xf18990>
>>> p.display.file
<File: /path/to/media/photos/myphoto_display.jpg>
>>> p.display.spec
<class 'myapp.specs.Display'>

Step 7

Enjoy a nice beverage.

from refrigerator import beer