How to use the Pillow library in Python.

Pillow is the friendly fork of PIL (Python Imaging Library) and is an easy-to-use library for opening, manipulating, and saving many different image file formats in Python. Here’s a short tutorial on how to use it:


First, you need to install Pillow. You can do this using pip:

pip install Pillow

Opening and Viewing Images

To open and view an image with Pillow, you can use the Image module:

from PIL import Image
# Open an image file
image ='path/to/your/image.jpg') # Display the image

Replace 'path/to/your/image.jpg' with the actual path to your image file.

Basic Image Operations


You can resize images using the resize() method:

# Resize the image to 300x300
resized_image = image.resize((300, 300)) # Show the resized image


To crop an image, use the crop() method:

# Define the box to crop (left, upper, right, lower)
box = (100, 100, 400, 400)
cropped_image = image.crop(box) # Show the cropped image


You can rotate images by a certain degree using the rotate() method:

# Rotate the image by 90 degrees
rotated_image = image.rotate(90) # Show the rotated image

Saving Images

To save an image, use the save() method:

# Save the rotated image to a file'path/to/save/rotated_image.jpg')

Replace 'path/to/save/rotated_image.jpg' with the desired save location and file name.

Image Filters

Pillow also supports applying different filters to images. Here’s how to apply a blur filter:

from PIL import ImageFilter
# Apply a blur filter to the image
blurred_image = image.filter(ImageFilter.BLUR) # Show the blurred image

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