Poor Man's Imaging Wrapper a clean and simple API wrapper over JAI, Java2D, ImageIO, and AWT. It supports a set of imaging operations (read, write, scale/resize, crop, grayscale, add transparency, rotate, add border, flip/mirror, add text, overlay, blur, sharpen, etc.) with simple direct calls to the API. If you want to switch from Java2D to JAI, all you need to do is add JAI jars to the classpath. It supports GIF encoding if PJA tools jars are available in the classpath.