saturdayplace saturdayplace - 2 months ago 6x
Python Question

How do I resize an image using PIL and maintain its aspect ratio?

Is there an obvious way to do this that I'm missing? I'm just trying to make thumbnails.


Define a maximum size. Then, compute a resize ratio by taking min(maxwidth/width, maxheight/height).

The proper size is oldsize*ratio.

There is of course also a library method to do this: the method Image.thumbnail.
Below is an (edited) example from the PIL documentation.

import os, sys
import Image

size = 128, 128

for infile in sys.argv[1:]:
    outfile = os.path.splitext(infile)[0] + ".thumbnail"
    if infile != outfile:
            im =
            im.thumbnail(size, Image.ANTIALIAS)
  , "JPEG")
        except IOError:
            print "cannot create thumbnail for '%s'" % infile