Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of work on whiteboards. I found whiteboards to be a near-perfect tool for diagraming and planning, but I also needed to be able to save them and view them on my computer.
For a while, I was taking pictures of them, but that seemed very in-elegant and cumbersome. I really wanted some way to “digitize” my whiteboard photos, as if scanning them in.
In my search, I found this excellent post for cleaning up images in GIMP. However, it’s a somewhat involved solution, and I don’t know how to automate GIMP. This quest for an automated solution led me to build this shell script that does the same thing:
#!/bin/bash convert $1 -morphology Convolve DoG:15,100,0 -negate -normalize -blur 0x1 -channel RBG -level 60%,91%,0.1 $2
This does the same thing as the GIMP solution, but using Imagemagick instead of GIMP. The basic steps are:
- Run a Difference of Gaussians on the image
- The script uses a large radius (100 pixels) which works well on high resolution images, but might not work so well at lower resolutions
- Negates the resulting image, since DoG inverts the color
- Normalizes and blurs the image
- Helps reduce some of the noise in the photo
- Further noise reduction by adjusting the levels of the image using some sane defaults
Here are some examples of what it looks like:
I hope this can be of use to someone, somewhere.