Useful extensions for Apple's Core Image framework.
We added a convenience initializer to
CIImage that you can use to load an image by its name from an asset catalog or from a bundle directly:
let image = CIImage(named: "myImage")
This provides the same signature as the corresponding
// on iOS, Catalyst, tvOS init?(named name: String, in bundle: Bundle? = nil, compatibleWith traitCollection: UITraitCollection? = nil) // on macOS init?(named name: String, in bundle: Bundle? = nil)
In Core Image, you can use the
init(color: CIColor) initializer of
CIImage to create an image with infinite extent that only contains pixels with the given color. This, however, only allows the creation of images filled with values in [0…1] since
CIColor clamps values to this range.
We added two new factory methods on
CIImage that allow the creation of images filled with arbitrary values:
/// Returns a `CIImage` with infinite extent only containing the given pixel value. static func containing(values: CIVector) -> CIImage? /// Returns a `CIImage` with infinite extent only containing the given value in RGB and alpha 1. /// So `CIImage.containing(42.3)` would result in an image containing the value (42.3, 42.3, 42.3, 1.0) in each pixel. static func containing(value: Double) -> CIImage?
This is useful, for instance, for passing scalar values into blend filters. For instance, this would create a color inversion effect in RGB:
var inverted = CIBlendKernel.multiply.apply(foreground: image, background: CIImage.containing(value: -1)!)! inverted = CIBlendKernel.componentAdd.apply(foreground: inverted, background: CIImage.containing(value: 1)!)!
It can be rather complicated to access the actual pixel values of a
CIImage. The image needs to be rendered first and the resulting bitmap memory needs to be accessed properly.
We added some convenience methods to
CIContext to do just that in a one-liner:
// get all pixel values of `image` as an array of `SIMD4<UInt8>` values: let values = context.readUInt8PixelValues(from: image, in: image.extent) let red: UInt8 = values.r // for instance // get the value of a specific pixel as a `SIMD4<Float32>`: let value = context.readFloat32PixelValue(from: image, at: CGPoint.zero) let green: Float32 = value.g // for instance
These methods come in variants for accessing an area of pixels (in a given
CGRect) or single pixels (at a given
They are also available for three different data types:
UInt8 (the normal 8-bit per channel format, with [0…255] range),
float containing arbitrary values, but colors are usually mapped to [0...1]), and
Float16 (only on iOS).
OpenEXR is an open standard for storing arbitrary bitmap data that exceed “normal” image color data, like 32-bit high-dynamic range data or negative floating point values (for instance for height fields).
Although Image I/O has native support for the EXR format, Core Image doesn’t provide convenience ways for rendering a
CIImage into EXR.
We added corresponding methods to
CIContext for EXR export that align with the API provided for the other file formats:
// to create a `Data` object containing a 16-bit float EXR representation: let exrData = try context.exrRepresentation(of: image, format: .RGBAh) // to write a 32-bit float representation to an EXR file at `url`: try context.writeEXRRepresentation(of: image, to: url, format: .RGBAf)
For reading EXR files into a
CIImage, the usual initializers like
CIImage(contentsOf: url) or
CIImage(named: “myImage.exr” (see above) can be used.
All EXR test images used in this project have been taken from here.
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