Create responsive images using Imagick


The Picture plugin creates <picture> elements, adding all <source> as needed to provide versions in different formats and resolutions for the same image. It uses the imagick plugin under the hood to make the transformations.


Import this plugin in your _config.ts file to use it and register it before imagick:

import lume from "lume/mod.ts";
import picture from "lume/plugins/picture.ts";
import imagick from "lume/plugins/imagick.ts";

const site = lume();

site.use(picture(/* Options */));

export default site;


Create an <img> element with the imagick attribute containing all the desired formats and sizes for the image:

<img src="/flowers.jpg" imagick="avif webp jpg 300@2">

The imagick attribute of this image contains the formats (avif, webp, jpg) and the different sizes (300 which means 300 pixels). The @2 suffix indicates that this size should support also the 2x resolution. The output HTML code is:

  <source srcset="/flowers-300w.avif, /flowers-300w@2.avif 2x" type="image/avif">
  <source srcset="/flowers-300w.webp, /flowers-300w@2.webp 2x" type="image/webp">
  <source srcset="/flowers-300w.jpg, /flowers-300w@2.jpg 2x" type="image/jpeg">
  <img src="/flowers.jpg">

The plugin not only generates the HTML code but also send to the imagick plugin the configuration to generate all these images.

Configuring the img container

If the imagick attribute is assigned to a HTML element that is not an image, the plugin will search for all img elements found inside that element. This is useful if you don't want to include this attribute in every <img> element, because you want to avoid repetition if all images has the same configuration, or the html content is generated from markdown content that you want to keep clean.

<div imagick="avif webp jpg 300@2">
  <!-- All images inside will be transformed -->
  <img src="/flowers.jpg">

  <!-- You can override the value for a specific image -->
  <img src="/flowers.jpg" imagick="avif jpg 600">

  <!-- This one is not tranformed because the value is empty -->
  <img src="/flowers.jpg" imagick="">