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pamgauss - create a two dimensional gaussian function as a PAM image
pamgauss width height -sigma=number [-maxval=number] [-tupletype=string]
Minimum unique abbreviation of option is acceptable. You may use double hyphens instead
of single hyphen to denote options. You may use white space in place of the equals sign
to separate an option name from its value.
pamgauss 3 3 -sigma=.5 -tupletype=GRAYSCALE | pamtopnm >gauss.pgm
pnmconvol -nooffset gauss.pgm myimage.ppm >blurred.ppm
This program is part of Netpbm(1)
pamgauss generates a one-plane PAM image whose samples are a gaussian function of their
distance from the center of the image. I.e. the sample value is highest in the center
and goes down, in a bell curve shape, as you move away from the center.
The values are scaled so that the volume under the surface of the two-dimensional Gaussian
function is the maxval of the image.
You can use this image as a convolution kernel with pnmconvol to blur an image. (This
technique is known as Gaussian blurring).
width and height are the dimensions of the image that pamgauss generates. Mathematically
speaking, they are the domain of the two dimensional gaussian function.
The sum of all the samples is equal to the image's maxval (within rounding error). This
is true even if you clip the Gaussian function by making the image too small. If you want
to be sure you get a whole Gaussian function, make sure that you choose a sigma and image
dimensions so that if you made it any larger, the sample values at the edges would be
The output image is PAM. To make it usable with pnmconvol, specify -tupletype=GRAYSCALE
so pnmconvol can use it as if it were PGM. You must use the -nooffset option on pnmconvol
because zero means zero in the PAM that pamgauss generates.
This is the sigma parameter of the Gaussian function (if it were a Gaussian proba-
bility function, this would be its standard deviation). The higher the number, the
more spread out the function is. Normally, you want to make this number low enough
that the function reaches zero value before the edge of your image.
number is in units of pixels.
This option is required. There is no default.
This is the maxval for the output image. It defaults to 255.
This is the value of the "tuple_type" attribute of the created PAM image. It can
be any string up to 255 characters. If you don't specify this, pamgauss generates
a PAM with unspecified tuple type.
pnmconvol(1) , pamtopnm(1) , pgmkernel(1) , pamseq(1) , pam(1)
pamgauss was new in Netpbm 10.23 (July 2004).
netpbm documentation 8 May 2004 Pamgauss User Manual(0)
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