Sample how to use scalePixels()?

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Stefan O.

Mar 21, 2024, 11:49:02 AMMar 21
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Is there a full sample how to use SkImage.scalePixels()?

Today I use the drawImageRect() method which gives me rather blocky images.
I want to try how the result of scalePixels() looks like and if it's faster or consumes less memory.

scalePixels() wants a Pixmap, but I don't know how to create that from an Image I have.

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Brian Osman

Mar 21, 2024, 2:58:06 PMMar 21
I'm not sure what's exposed in skiko, but in native Skia, you can control the filtering quality when doing the drawImageRect with the SkSamplingOptions parameter (to enable linear or cubic filtering). The overall quality and performance of the two techniques should be the same (scalePixels is implemented internally by doing a rect-to-rect draw:;drc=5c93acf313d1cf72f8b73886168bd925b5011b8c;l=84

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Stefan O.

Mar 21, 2024, 4:32:02 PMMar 21
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Thank you for letting me know. So it does the same internally and might have the same results.

Skiko exposes the SkSamplingOptions, but I found that they all do not look good on downsampling.
Even with anti aliasing enabled.

Maybe there is more to creating good thumbnails, I'm not sure.

Stefan O.

Mar 22, 2024, 6:08:35 AMMar 22
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I guess there might be a problem with the skiko binding.
Setting anti alias paint has no effect:

Is this a bug in the binding or is it the wrong way to enable anti alias?

Brian Osman

Mar 22, 2024, 9:12:41 AMMar 22
Actually, that's working correctly - antialias won't have any impact on image rescaling. There are two similar (but different) concepts here: antialiasing is just about the geometry (coverage) - it creates smooth edges to whatever shape is being drawn. Antialiasing never impacts the interior of shapes, nor does it impact the SkShader (essentially the fill-pattern for the shape). In the case of a drawImage call, the shape is implicitly a rectangle, and the SkShader is implicitly the image. Filtering (SkSamplingOptions/SkFilterMode) is about how the contents of an image are sampled, even on the interior of a shape. So I'd only expect different results from the different SkFilterMode values. If you have a result that doesn't look good, could you post an example to

Stefan O.

Mar 22, 2024, 9:51:59 AMMar 22
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Thanks, that explains a lot.

The different SkSamplingOptions yield different results, but all of them look blocky (at the hairs) compared with GIMP.

I scaled down the same image using LINEAR scaling in GIMP and Skia. GIMP looks much better.
I suspect this is due to the anti aliasing. The linear scaling algorithm should be the same logic in both, or not?


This is the Kotlin code using skiko:

fun Image.scaleToThumbnail(): Image {

  val surface = Surface.makeRasterN32Premul(480, 320)

   image = this,
   src = Rect.makeWH(width.toFloat(), height.toFloat()),
   dst = Rect.makeWH(480f, 320f),
   samplingMode = SamplingMode.LINEAR,
   paint = Paint().apply { isAntiAlias = true }, // no effect
   strict = true

  return surface.makeImageSnapshot()

I think I can't upload custom images on SKIA fiddle.

Brian Osman

Mar 22, 2024, 9:56:56 AMMar 22
That definitely looks worse than I'd expect. How large is the source image? If it's more than 2x larger than your destination, try specifying MipmapMode (looks like you can specify that for your SamplingOptions?). That should improve the down-scaling quality quite a bit.

Stefan O.

Mar 22, 2024, 10:08:09 AMMar 22
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Unfortunately changing that results in the same image.

samplingMode = FilterMipmap(FilterMode.LINEAR, MipmapMode.NONE)
samplingMode = FilterMipmap(FilterMode.LINEAR, MipmapMode.LINEAR)
don't make a difference.

The original image is 2000x1333, so much larger.

It claims that SKIA can't downsize more than 50% at once while preversing quality.
Multiple iterations are recommended.

If it's really not a anti aliasing problem I guess I should file an issue wishing for a better scaling algorithm.

Stefan O.

Mar 22, 2024, 10:37:03 AMMar 22
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Ok, it's true. Downscaling multiple times by factor two looks way better than doing this one-shot. It's not an AA issue.

Scaling down multiple times costs more memory and time. I'm not too happy here.


Stefan O.

Mar 22, 2024, 11:04:24 AMMar 22
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May that be true, that GIMP also performs multiple downscaling operations?

Can't we automate such a thing in SKIA?

I still don't understand why the MipmapMode does not have any effect.

John Stiles

Mar 22, 2024, 11:15:50 AMMar 22
Are you actually setting up mipmaps when creating the SkImage? 

You can get similar results using mipmaps, since that effectively stores the progressively downsampled images, but this should be specified at creation time of the SkImage. Just switching the mipmap mode to linear will not necessarily trigger the generation of mipmaps.

Stefan O.

Mar 22, 2024, 11:21:52 AMMar 22
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Hard to tell what skiko does behind the scenes.

But I just found out that on calling scalePixels() the MipmapMode is respected, while on drawImageInRect() it's ignored.

Using skiko this is code that yields a good result:

val bitmap = Bitmap()
bitmap.allocN32Pixels(thumbnailSize.width, thumbnailSize.height)
this.scalePixels(bitmap.peekPixels()!!, FilterMipmap(FilterMode.LINEAR, MipmapMode.LINEAR), false)

I will file a ticket to the skiko team.

Consider this solved. Thank you all for teaching me.
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