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Generating responsive images with Gulp

January 13, 2019

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To be able to do this, make sure you first install ImageMagick on your machine. It’s available on Windows, Mac and Linux. Then for the gulp task, you will need to add gulp-imagemin, imagemin-mozjpeg, gulp-image-resize and gulp-rename as dev dependencies.

npm i gulp gulp-imagemin imagemin-mozjpeg gulp-image-resize gulp-rename -s -D

Or with yarn

yarn add gulp gulp-imagemin imagemin-mozjpeg gulp-image-resize gulp-rename -D

You can then add a Gulp task for the image generation

const gulp = require("gulp")
const imagemin = require("gulp-imagemin")
const imageminMozjpeg = require("imagemin-mozjpeg")
const imageResize = require("gulp-image-resize")
const rename = require("gulp-rename")
gulp.task("images", () => {
// specify different image sizes
const sizes = [
{ width: 320, quality: 40, suffix: "small" },
{ width: 480, quality: 60, suffix: "medium" },
{ width: 800, quality: 80, suffix: "large" },
let stream
sizes.forEach(size => {
stream = gulp
// source for images to optimize
.src("<path to images>")
// resize image
.pipe(imageResize({ width: size.width }))
// add suffix to image
rename(path => {
path.basename += `-${size.suffix}`
// reduce image quality based on the size
quality: size.quality,
verbose: true,
// output optimized images to a destination folder
.pipe(gulp.dest("<path to output responsive images"))
return stream

The task can then be run by using gulp images on the terminal.

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John Ayeni
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