How to Fix Image Orientation for Reading

by Chaknith Bin

Fixing image orientation, in the context of image processing, involves making adjustments to an image to ensure it is properly aligned for specific purposes, such as text recognition. IronOcr supports fixing image orientation, including rotation, deskewing, and scaling.

These techniques are essential for preparing images for accurate text recognition, as they ensure that text is correctly oriented, aligned, and appropriately sized for extraction.

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Rotate Image Example

Rotating an image involves changing its orientation by a specific angle (e.g., 90 degrees clockwise or counterclockwise) to ensure that the text or content within the image is upright and correctly aligned.

Pass a degree value to the Rotate method to perform the rotation. A positive degree value will rotate the image clockwise, while a negative degree value will rotate the image counterclockwise.

using IronOcr;

// Instantiate IronTesseract
IronTesseract ocrTesseract = new IronTesseract();

// Add image
using var imageInput = new OcrImageInput("paragraph_skewed.png");

// Rotate the image 180 degrees clockwise

// Export the modified image
Imports IronOcr

' Instantiate IronTesseract
Private ocrTesseract As New IronTesseract()

' Add image
Private imageInput = New OcrImageInput("paragraph_skewed.png")

' Rotate the image 180 degrees clockwise

' Export the modified image
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For convenience, you can export the modified image using the SaveAsImages method. Below is a comparison of the image before and after rotation.

Sample image
Rotated image

Deskew Image Example

Deskewing is the process of straightening an image that may be slightly tilted or skewed. It corrects any slant or misalignment, ensuring that the text or content appears horizontally aligned.

To apply deskewing to the image, use the Deskew method. This method accepts an integer value that specifies the maximum angle of skew to correct. Higher values may provide more opportunities for correction, but they can result in slower processing and an increased risk of errors, including upside-down pages.

// Apply deskew
' Apply deskew
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Sample image
deskewed image

Scale Image Example

Scaling involves resizing an image to a specific dimension or aspect ratio. This can be useful to standardize image sizes for more consistent text recognition.

To apply scaling to the image, use the Scale method. The Scale method takes a percentage value, with 100% meaning no effect. The second parameter is the ScaleCropArea, which determines whether associated crop areas should also be scaled proportionally (recommended as 'true').

// Apply scale
' Apply scale
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Size comparison

Size comparison
Size comparison

Chaknith Bin

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