renderImg

The renderImg API is a function for rendering optimized and responsive images. The generated images will use the <img /> element. Similar to the <Img /> component, it’s for simple use cases where you don’t need advanced features like Art Direction, multiple source formats, or the onload fade-in transition.

Code Example

import { renderImg } from "astro-imagetools/api";

const { link, style, img } = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
});

Return Value

Type: { link: string; style: string; img: string }

If the preload config option is set, then the link property will contain the outerHTML of the generated <link /> element to preload the image set of the asked format. Otherwise, link will be an empty string.

If the placeholder config option is not set to "none", then the style property will contain the outerHTML of the generated <style /> element to display the placeholder image. Otherwise, style will be an empty string.

The img property will contain the outerHTML of the generated <img /> element. It’s the primary return value of the renderImg API.

Configuration Options

Below is the list of configuration options supported by the renderImg API. Only the src and alt configs are required.

src

Type: string

Default: undefined

The path to the source image. If local, the path must be relative to the project root. Remote URLs and Data URIs are also supported.

Code example:

// Local Image
const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "/src/images/image.jpg",
  alt: "A local image",
});

// Remote URL
const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://example.com/image.jpg",
  alt: "A remote image",
});

// Data URI
const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAAAEAAAABCAQAAAC1HAwCAAAAC0lEQVR42mNkYAAAAAYAAjCB0C8AAAAASUVORK5CYII=",
  alt: "A base64 encoded image",
});

SSR Usage

In SSR mode, if you are using local images, you have to generate assets for them first and then you have to pass the path to the assets to the src property.

import src from "../path/to/source_image.jpg";

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: src,
  alt: "A local image in SSR mode",
});

The raw query parameter has been used to tell the internal Vite plugin to emit the asset from the source image unchanged.

alt

Type: string

Default: undefined

The alternative text to display if the image fails to load.

Code example:

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://mdn.github.io/learning-area/html/multimedia-and-embedding/responsive-images/elva-800w.jpg",
  alt: "A father holiding his beloved daughter in his arms",
});

sizes

Type: string or (breakpoints: number[]) => string

Default: (breakpoints) => `(min-width: ${breakpoints[breakpopints.length - 1]}px) ${breakpoints[breakpopints.length - 1]}px, 100vw

A string or function that returns a string suitable for the value of the sizes attribute of the generated <img> element. The final calculated breakpoints are passed to the function as a parameter.

Code example:

// string type
const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  sizes: "(min-width: 1024px) 1024px, 100vw",
});

// function type
const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  sizes: (breakpoints) => {
    const maxWidth = breakpoints[breakpoints.length - 1];
    return `(min-width: ${maxWidth}px) ${maxWidth}px, 100vw`;
  },
});

preload

Type: "heic" | "heif" | "avif" | "jpg" | "jpeg" | "png" | "tiff" | "webp" | "gif"

Default: undefined

Which format of image set to preload.

Note: It’s not reasonable to preload multiple formats of the same image. And due to the factors like file size and browser support, it’s not possible to pick the best format automatically.

Code example:

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  preload: "webp",
});

loading

Type: "lazy" | "eager" | "auto" | null

Default: preload ? "eager" : "lazy"

The value of the loading attribute of the generated <img /> element. If null is provided, the loading attribute will be omitted.

Code Example:

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  loading: "lazy",
});

decoding

Type: "async" | "sync" | "auto" | null

Default: "async"

The value of the decoding attribute of the generated <img /> element. If null is provided, the decoding attribute will be omitted.

Code example:

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  decoding: "async",
});

attributes

Type:

declare interface Attributes {
  style?: Record<any, any>;
  link?: Omit<Record<any, any>, "as" | "rel" | "imagesizes" | "imagesrcset">;
  img?: Omit<
    Record<any, any>,
    | "src"
    | "alt"
    | "srcset"
    | "sizes"
    | "width"
    | "height"
    | "loading"
    | "decoding"
  >;
}

Default: {}

The HTML attributes to add to the generate elements. If the class, style, and onload attributes are present, the values passed via this config will be merged.

Code Example:

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  attributes: {
    link: {
      fetchpriority: "high"
    }
  },
});

layout

Type: "constrained" | "fixed" | "fullWidth" | "fill"

Default: "constrained"

The layout mode to determine the resizing behavior of the image in the browser.

In constrained mode, the image will occupy full width of the container with max-width set to 100% its width. The height of the image will be calculated based on the aspect ratio of the image. The image will be scaled down to fit the container but won’t be enlarged.

In fixed mode, the image will have a fixed width and height. The width and height props will be used to set the width and height of the image. The image won’t be scaled down nor enlarged.

In fullWidth mode, the image will be scaled up or down to occupy the full width of the container. The height of the image will be calculated based on the aspect ratio of the image.

In fill mode, the image will be scaled up or down to fill the entire width and height of the container.

Code example:

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  layout: "constrained",
});

placeholder

Type: "dominantColor" | "blurred" | "tracedSVG" | "none"

Default: "blurred"

The placeholder to be displayed while the image is loading.

If placeholder is set to "dominantColor", the dominant color of the source image will be used as the placeholder.

If the value is set to "blurred", a very low-resolution version of the provided image will be enlarged and used as the placeholder.

If the value is set to "tracedSVG", a traced SVG of the image will be used as the placeholder. If the value is set to "none", no placeholder will be displayed.

Note: If the value is set to "tracedSVG", the placeholder can be customized to be a Posterized SVG too. See the formatOptions prop for more details.

Code example:

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  placeholder: "blurred",
});

breakpoints

Type: number[] | { count?: number; minWidth?: number; maxWidth?: number }

Default: undefined

An array of widths in pixels to generate image sets for. If not provided, the breakpoints will be calculated automatically.

If an object is passed then the breakpoints will be calculated automatically based on the values of the count, minWidth, and maxWidth properties. The count property is to specify the number of breakpoints to generate. The minWidth and maxWidth properties are to specify the widths to generate in the range between their values.

When an object is passed or the breakpoints prop is not provided, the breakpoints are calculated using a simple formula/algorithm. Instead of explaining the complete algorithm here, I am linking to the code.

Code example:

// number[] type
const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1600/900",
  alt: "A random image",
  breakpoints: [200, 400, 800, 1600],
});

// { count?: number; minWidth?: number; maxWidth?: number } type
const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  breakpoints: { count: 3, minWidth: 300, maxWidth: 1024 },
  /* three breakpoints will be generated ranging from 300px to 1024px */,
});

objectFit

Type: "fill" | "contain" | "cover" | "none" | "scale-down"

Default: cover

The value of the object-fit CSS property of the generated <img /> element.

Code example:

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  objectFit: "cover",
});

objectPosition

Type: string

Default: 50% 50%

The value of the object-position CSS property of the generated <img /> element.

Code example:

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  objectPosition: "50% 50%",
});

format

Type: "heic" | "heif" | "avif" | "jpg" | "jpeg" | "png" | "tiff" | "webp" | "gif"

Default: The format of the source image

The format to generate image sets for.

Code Example:

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  format: "webp",
});

formatOptions

Type

formatOptions is an object that takes config options for all the supported formats: heic, heif, avif, jpg, jpeg, png, tiff, webp, gif, and tracedSVG.

The supported config options of all the formats except tracedSVG are: flip, flop, invert, flatten, normalize, grayscale, hue, saturation, brightness, width, height, aspect, background, tint, blur, median, rotate, quality, fit, kernel, position.

The config options supported by the tracedSVG format are listed below.

Default: The default values for the all the formats except tracedSVG are inherited from the direct configs of the renderrenderImg API. And for more information on the tracedSVG property, see the PotraceOptions interface.

The configuration options for the different formats. These configuration options will be respected when generating image sets for different formats.

The tracedSVG config object is used only when the placeholder prop is set to "tracedSVG".

Code example:

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  placeholder: "tracedSVG",
  format: "webp",
  formatOptions: {
    webp: quality: 50,
  },
});

tracedSVG

All the properties of the tracedSVG property are the configuration options supported by the node-potrace library. These options are used to generate traced SVGs when the placeholder prop is set to "tracedSVG". All the properties defined below are optional.

Note: Most of the below jargons are taken from the potrace documentation. I have tried my best to simplify the config options and make the documentation as simple and clear as possible.

If you want to go deeper into this, check the Technical documentation of the original C potrace library.

If you have a good knowledge on the potrace library and about bitmap tracing and posterizing, please consider contributing to update the documentation of this section.

function

Type: "trace" | "posterize"

Default: "trace"

Which method of the node-potrace library to use. The posterize method is basically tracing the image multiple times to produce a more accurate result. See this example for more information.

options
turnPolicy

Type: "black" | "white" | "left" | "right" | "minority" | "majority"

Default: "minority"

How to resolve ambiguities in path decomposition. Refer to the potrace-algorithm documentaion (PDF, page 4) for more information.

turdSize

Type: number

Default: 2

Suppress speckles of up to this size.

alphaMax

Type: number

Default: 1

Corner threshold parameter.

optCurve

Type: boolean

Default: true

Curve optimization.

optTolerance

Type: number

Default: 0.2

Curve optimization tolerance.

threshold

Type: number

Default: -1

When function is "trace" :

Threshold below which color is considered black. Should be a number between 0 and 255 or -1 in which case threshold will be selected automatically using Algorithm For Multilevel Thresholding.

When function is "posterize" :

Breaks image into foreground and background (and only foreground being broken into desired number of layers). Basically when provided it becomes a threshold for last (least opaque) layer and then steps - 1 intermediate thresholds calculated. If steps is an array of thresholds and every value from the array is lower (or larger if blackOnWhite parameter set to false) than threshold - threshold will be added to the array, otherwise just ignored.

blackOnWhite

Type: boolean

Default: true

Specifies colors by which side from threshold should be turned into vector shape.

color

Type: "auto" | string

Default: "auto"

Fill color for the traced image. If "auto" is provided, the color will be black or white depending on the blackOnWhite property.

background

Type: "transparent" | string

Default: "transparent"

Background color of the traced image. If "transparent" is provided, no background will be present.

fill

Type: "spread" | "dominant" | "median" | "mean"

Determines how fill color for each layer should be selected.

  • dominant - Most frequent color in range (used by default),
  • mean - Arithmetic mean (average),
  • median - Median color,
  • spread - Ignores color information of the image and just spreads colors equally in range between 0 and threshold (or threshold and ..255 if blackOnWhite is set to false).

Note: This option is available only when function is "posterize".

ranges

Type: "auto" | "equal"

How color stops for each layer should be selected. Ignored if steps is an array. Possible values are:

  • auto - Performs automatic thresholding (using Algorithm For Multilevel Thresholding). Preferable method for already posterized sources, but takes long time to calculate 5 or more thresholds (exponential time complexity) (used by default)
  • equal - Ignores color information of the image and breaks available color space into equal chunks

Note: This option is available only when function is "posterize".

steps

Type: number | number[]

Specifies desired number of layers in resulting image. If a number provided - thresholds for each layer will be automatically calculated according to ranges property. If an array provided it expected to be an array with precomputed thresholds for each layer (in range between 0 and 255).

Note: This option is available only when function is "posterize".

Code example:

const src = "https://picsum.photos/1024/768";
const alt = "A random image";
const placeholder = "tracedSVG";

const traceOptions = {
  background: "#fff",
  color: "#000",
  turnPolicy: "black",
  turdSize: 1,
  alphaMax: 1,
  optCurve: true,
  threshold: 100,
  blackOnWhite: false,
};

const posterizeOptions = {
  fill: "spread",
  steps: [0, 50, 100],
  ranges: "equal",
};

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: src,
  alt: alt,
  placeholder: placeholder,
  /* tracing SVG */,
  formatOptions: {
    tracedSVG: {
      function: "trace",
      options: traceOptions,
    },
  },
});

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: src,
  alt: alt,
  placeholder: placeholder,
  /* posterizing SVG */,
  formatOptions: {
    tracedSVG: {
      function: "posterize",
      options: {
      ...traceOptions,
      ...posterizeOptions,
      },
    },
  },
});

flip

Type: boolean

Default: undefined

Flip the image about the vertical axis. This step is always performed after any rotation.

Code example:

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  flip: true,
});

flop

Type: boolean

Default: undefined

Flop the image about the vertical axis. This step is always performed after any rotation.

Code example:

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  flop: true,
});

invert

Type: boolean

Default: undefined

Produces a negative of the image.

Code example:

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  invert: true,
});

flatten

Type: boolean

Default: undefined

Whether to remove the alpha channel of the image or not, reducing filesize. Transparent pixels will be merged with the color set by background.

Code example:

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  flatten: true,
});

normalize

Type: boolean

Default: undefined

Normalizes the image by stretching its luminance to cover the full dynamic range. This Enhances the output image contrast.

Code example:

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  normalize: true,
});

grayscale

Type: boolean

Default: undefined

Converts the image to an 8-bit grayscale image.

Note: If true the image will be converted to the b-w colorspace, meaning the resulting image will only have one channel.

Code example:

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  grayscale: true,
});

hue

Type: number

Default: undefined

Adjusts the images hue rotation by the given number of degrees. Commonly used together with saturation and brightness.

Code example:

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  hue: -30,
});

saturation

Type: number

Default: undefined

Adjusts the images saturation with the given saturation multiplier. Commonly used together with hue and brightness.

Code example:

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  saturation: 0.5,
});

brightness

Type: number

Default: undefined

Adjusts the images brightness with the given brightness multiplier. Commonly used together with hue and saturation.

Code example:

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  brightness: 0.5,
});

width | w

Type: number

Default: The width of the source image

Resizes the image to be the specified amount of pixels wide. If not given the height will be scaled accordingly.

Note: The specified width will be used to resize the source image when loading it. The final widths of the image will be based on the final calculated breakpoints.

Code example:

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  width: 1024,
});

height | h

Type: number

Default: The height of the source image

Resizes the image to be the specified amount of pixels tall. If not given the width will be scaled accordingly.

Note: The specified height will be used to resize the source image when loading it. The final heights of the image will be based on the final calculated breakpoints.

Code example:

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  height: 300,
});

aspect | ar

Type: number

Default: The aspect ratio of the source image

Resizes the image to be the specified aspect ratio. If height and width are both provided, this will be ignored. If height is provided, the height will be scaled accordingly. If width is provided, the height will be scaled accordingly. If neither height nor width are provided, the image will be cropped to the given aspect ratio.

Code example:

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  aspect: 1.3333333333333333,
});

background

Type: string

Default: undefined

This instructs various props (e.g. rotate) to use the specified color when filling empty spots in the image.

Note: This prop does nothing on it’s own, it has to be used in conjunction with another prop.

Code example:

The below example demonstrates all the posible cases when the background prop is used.

const src = "https://picsum.photos/1024/768";
const alt = "A random image";

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: src,
  alt: alt,
  flatten: true,
  background: "#FFFFFFAA",
});

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: src,
  alt: alt,
  rotate: 90,
  background: "hsl(360, 100%, 50%)",
});

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: src,
  alt: alt,
  width: 800,
  height: 450,
  fit: "contain",
  background: "crimson",
});

tint

Type: string

Default: undefined

Tints the image using the provided chroma while preserving the image luminance. If the image has an alpha channel it will be untouched.

Code example:

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  tint: "rgba(10,33,127)",
});

blur

Type: string

Default: undefined

Blurs the image. If the value is true, it performs a fast blur. When a number between 0.3 and 1000 is provided, it performs a more accurate gaussian blur.

Code example:

const src = "https://picsum.photos/1024/768";
const alt = "A random image";

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: src,
  alt: alt,
  blur: true,
  /* A fast blur will be performed */,
});

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: src,
  alt: alt,
  blur: 100,
  /* A more accurate blur will be performed */,
});

median

Type: number | boolean

Default: undefined

Applies a median filter. This is commonly used to remove noise from images.

Code example:

const src = "https://picsum.photos/1024/768";
const alt = "A random image";

// boolean type
const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: src,
  alt: alt,
  median: true,
});

// number type
const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: src,
  alt: alt,
  median: 50,
});

rotate

Type: number

Default: undefined

Rotate the image by the specified number of degrees.

Note: The empty parts are filled with the color specified in the background prop.

Code example:

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  rotate: 90,
});

quality

Type: number

Default: undefined

All formats (except gif) allow the quality to be adjusted by setting this directive.

The argument must be a number between 0 and 100.

See sharps Output options for default quality values.

Code example:

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  quality: 50,
});

fit

Type: "cover" | "contain" | "fill" | "inside" | "outside"

Default: undefined

When both width and height are provided, this directive can be used to specify the method by which the image should fit.

Note: The empty parts are filled with the color specified in the background prop.

Code example:

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  width: 800,
  height: 450,
  fit: "contain",
});

kernel

Type: "nearest" | "cubic" | "mitchell" | "lanczos2" | "lanczos3"

Default: undefined

The interpolation kernel to use when resizing the images.

Code example:

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  kernel: "lanczos3",
});

position

Type: "top" | "right top" | "right" | "right bottom" | "bottom" | "left bottom" | "left" | "left top" | "north" | "northeast" | "east" | "southeast" | "south" | "southwest" | "west" | "northwest" | "center" | "centre" | "cover" | "entropy" | "attention"

Default: undefined

When both width and height are provided AND fit is is set to cover or contain, this directive can be used to set the position of the image.

See sharp’s resize options for more information.

Code example:

const renderedHTML = await renderImg({
  src: "https://picsum.photos/1024/768",
  alt: "A random image",
  width: 800,
  height: 450,
  fit: "contain",
  position: "attention",
});