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node-sprite-generator

Generates image sprites and their spritesheets (css, stylus, sass, scss or less) from sets of images. Supports retina sprites. Provides express middleware and grunt task.

node-sprite-generator

Generates image sprites and their spritesheets (css, stylus, sass, scss or less) from sets of images. Supports retina sprites. Provides express middleware and grunt task.

npm install node-sprite-generator

Note: node-sprite-generator cen either use native libraries or pure javascript to build sprites which requires no native dependencies. To use the pure javascript compositor use 'jimp' as the compositor module.

  • Cairo needs to be installed when using the 'canvas' compositor because node-canvas depends on it. For more information how to do this on your system go to the node-canvas page. If you have issues installing node-canvas on OSX, please read Issue 23.
  • ImageMagick/GraphicsMagick needs to be installed when using the 'gm' compositor
var nsg = require('node-sprite-generator');
 
nsg({
    src: [
        'images/sprite/*.png'
    ],
    spritePath: 'images/sprite.png',
    stylesheetPath: 'stylus/sprite.styl'
}, function (err) {
    console.log('Sprite generated!');
});

This will generate a sprite.png file and the corresponding stylus stylesheet, with can then be included from your stylus files.

node-sprite-generator provides a middleware to use with express.js.

var nsg = require('node-sprite-generator'),
    express = require('express'),
    app = express();
 
app.use(nsg.middleware({
    src: [
        'images/sprite/*.png'
    ],
    spritePath: 'images/sprite.png',
    stylesheetPath: 'stylus/sprite.styl'
}));

Make sure that the node-sprite-generator middleware is used before any css preprocessors that use the generated stylesheet.

node-sprite-generator also provides a grunt plugin. It takes the same options as the other two methods.

module.exports = function (grunt)  {
 
    grunt.initConfig({
 
        spriteGenerator: {
            sprite: {
                src: [
                    'images/sprite/*.png'
                ],
                spritePath: 'images/sprite.png',
                stylesheetPath: 'stylus/sprite.styl'
            }
        }
 
    });
 
    grunt.loadNpmTasks('node-sprite-generator');
};

node-sprite-generator tries to be very modular, so you can use the options we provide or write your own functions/modules to further customize your sprites.

Type: String Default value: []
Specifies the images that will be combined to the sprite. node-sprite-generator uses glob pattern matching, so paths with wildcards are valid as well.

Type: String Default value: ''
The path your image sprite will be written to. ATM we only support the PNG format for the image sprite.

Type: String Default value: ''
The path your stylesheet will be written to.

Type: String|Function Default value: 'stylus'
Specifies the sylesheet generator (and therefore the stylesheet format) that is used either by using one of the built-in formats or specifying a path to a custom template. It is also possible to specify a function that writes a custom stylesheet (see more at extending node-sprite-generator).

Built-in formats:

Type: Object Default value: '{}'
Options that will be passed on to the stylesheet generator. The built-in stylesheet generators support the following options:
prefix (Type: String Default: ''): A prefix that will be prepended to all classes/functions that are generated
nameMapping (Type: Function Default: Filename): A function that specifies how filenames are mapped to class names in the stylesheet
spritePath (Type: String Default: Relative Path): Defines which URL is used as the image path for the image sprite.
pixelRatio (Type: Integer Default: 1): Specifies the pixelRatio for retina sprites.

Type: String|Function Default value: 'vertical'
Specifies the layout that is used to generate the sprite by using one of the built-in layouts or using a function that generates a custom layout (see more at extending node-sprite-generator).

Built-in layouts:

  • 'packed': Bin-packing Layout
  • 'vertical': Vertically aligned layout
  • 'horizontal': Horizontally aligned layout
  • 'diagonal': Diagonally aligned layout

Type: Object Default value: {}
Options that will be passed on to the layout generation. The built-in layouters support the following options.
padding (Type: Integer Default: 0): Specifies the padding between the images in the layout.
scaling (Type: Number Default: 1): Specifies the factor that the images are scaled with in the layout. This allows generating multiple, scaled versions of the same sprites using a single image set.

Type: String|Function Default value: 'canvas'
The compositor is used to read and render the images. Your can use one of the built-in options or specify your own module that implements this functionality. Have a look at extending node-sprite-generator to see how it's done.

Built-in compositors:

Type: Object Default value: {}
Options that will be passed on to the compositor. The built-in compositor supports the following options:
compressionLevel (Type: Integer Default: 6): Specifies the compression level for the generated png file (compression levels range from 0-9).
filter (Type: String Default: all): Specifies the filter used for the generated png file. Possible values: all, none, sub, up, average, paeth.

var nsg = require('node-sprite-generator');
 
nsg({
    src: [
        'public/images/sprite/*.png'
    ],
    spritePath: 'public/images/all-icons.png',
    stylesheetPath: 'public/stylesheets/all-icons.css',
    layout: 'diagonal',
    layoutOptions: {
        padding: 30
    },
    stylesheet: 'app/assets/sprites/template.tpl',
    stylesheetOptions: {
        prefix: 'all-icons',
        spritePath: 'http://static.your-server.org/images/all-icons.png',
        pixelRatio: 2
    }
});

This will generate a diagonally layouted retina-enabled sprite that can be accessed using classes like all-icons-home. The sprite will then be loaded from your static asset server.

The internal pipeline for node-sprite-generator is

  • compositor.readImages(files, callback) -> callback(error, images)
  • layout(images, options, callback) -> callback(error, layout)
  • compositor.render(layout, spritePath, options, callback) -> callback(error)
  • stylesheet(layout, stylesheetPath, spritePath, options, callback) -> callback(error)

The used data formats are:

var images = [
   {
       width: Integer,
       height: Integer,
       data: compositor-specific
   }
]
var layout = {
    width: Integer,
    height: Integer,
    images: [
        {
            x: Integer,
            y: Integer,
            width: Integer,
            height: Integer,
            data: compositor-specific
        }
    ]
}

For more information of how to write your own modules/functions have a look at the existing ones :-D.

See CHANGELOG.md

(The MIT License)

Copyright (c) 2013 Stefan Lau github@stefanlau.com

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