[thelist] Fancy text blending with PHP/GD

Chris Dorer cdorer at gmail.com
Wed Aug 2 10:24:32 CDT 2006

Since I'm doing the same thing today...  I figure I should provide more
details on image magick's abilities


On 8/1/06, Micky Hulse <micky at ambiguism.com> wrote:
> Brooking, John wrote:
> > Thanks for the reference, but I don't know if I'd call that a
> > "watermark", it's really just plain text on the image. That's pretty
> > ...
> > and I'm not sure I can invest the time to learn. Unless anyone here
> > would like a challenge...  ;-)
> Ahhhh, I see. Yeah, sorry, I just signed-up for this list a day ago...
> so I did not see original post (hehe, I took a shot in the dark, really.)
> :D
> Hmmm, I do not have too much exp. with Image Magick or GD, but it seems
> like you could create a transparent png and then use PHP to merge that
> with your paintings... you know, overlay it on top.
> Check-out imagecopymerge, and all the other functions available to left
> of this page:
> <http://us3.php.net/manual/en/function.imagecopymerge.php>
> Have you thought about using a Photoshop droplet[1] or action[2]? IIRC,
> Even older versions of  Photoshop (find them cheap $$) can do this sort
> of thing. Makes things really easy in terms of automation.
> At my current job, a newspaper, in order for us to process the daily
> images for the website, we use a cron job, applescript, and photoshop
> actions - basically the cron is set to fire-off the applescript early in
> the morning, and the applescript powers-up Photoshop and processes the
> images... Oh, and then we use another applescript to upload the images
> to the proper folders on the server.
> Well, I am sure you will figure it out soon enough.  :)
> Gl,
> Cheers.
> Micky
> [1] <http://www.digitalphotobook.net/tutorials/actions/actions_9.html>
> [2] An action is a series of commands that you play back on a single
> file or a batch of files.
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