Prolog image processing (PIP) is a multi-media prototyping tool, intended to assist designers of intelligent industrial machine vision systems. This is the latest in a series of prolog-based systems that have been implemented at Cardiff, specifically for this purpose. The software package provides fully integrated facilities for both interactive and programmed image processing, 'smart' documentation, guidance about which lighting/viewing set-up to use, speech/natural language input and speech output. It can also be used to control a range of electro-mechanical devices, such as lamps, cameras, lenses, pneumatic positioning mechanisms, robots, etc., via a low-cost hardware interfacing module. The software runs on a standard computer, with no predecessors in that the image processing is carried out entirely in software. This article concentrates on the design and implementation of the PIP system, and presents programs for two demonstration applications: (a) recognizing a non-picture playing card; (b) recognizing a well laid table place setting.