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I have a beginners question.. I've built a custom module. I want to use Imagick for image manipulation from within the controller.

Imagick is properly installed on my server and works like charm from a normal .php file.

In my Controller I have

namespace <vendor>\<moduleName>\Controller\Index;

When trying to use Imagick

$image = new Imagick($imageFname);

I get an error:

Fatal error: Uncaught Error: Class '\\Controller\Index\Imagick' not found.

Obviously it looks for Imagick in the wrong place because of the namespace, but I don't know how to solve it.

Any ideas?

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You need to add a backslash before the classname. In your case, it looks in the wrong location because of the namespace.

Try:

$image = new \Imagick($imageFname);

Example from Magento 2 core file: https://github.com/magento/magento2/blob/develop/lib/internal/Magento/Framework/Image/Adapter/ImageMagick.php#L251

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