I want to split an image to an n number of images, each new generated one must has the same size of the original image with a black background for the rest of the image, look at the example I provided:

the original Image:

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So, I want a way to split it to let's say three equal parts, So, I want the result to be like the following :

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is there's a tool exists or a way to achieve that?

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    Mmm... Imagemagick crop can simply handle the split, but leaving the original position in canvas works only with gif (e.g. convert yourimage.jpg -crop 1x3@ +adjoin out_%d.gif) and turning the canvas in solid color is a bit tricky to do in just a command. However, you can try to do it in more steps. Nov 24, 2014 at 10:10
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    it's somthing like a Moving Black Mask over the image. If i where you I would make an Action with an Animated mask from top to bottom and export the result in every movment.
    – hsawires
    Nov 24, 2014 at 10:26

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you can use Slice Tool to split the image in parts, than Save for Web, which outputs several sliced image files, than you can drag & drop above files into the same project as layers on top of black background, realign them to resemble the original image using Snap and Snap To and turn the slice layers visibility on/off, saving the result.

when cutting image using Slice Tool, each slice has an X Y coordinate, you can check it by clicking right mouse button > slice options, when Slice Tool is active. to realign exactly, hit ctrl+t to transform slice layer and enter X Y coordinates & set up reference point location.

if you want to split an images into 100x parts, you gonna have a hard time realigning manually though. automating the above method via script would be a way to go

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