What is Picture to People ?

"Picture to People" (P2P) is a huge Computer Graphics project. It was started to create new softwares able to make 2D drawing, 3D rendering, vexel drawing, text effects, photo effects, image filtering and other complex Computer Graphics operations. It has been made from scratch, including its low level Computer Graphics libraries like Maccala. Nowadays, most final features produced for this project are released as free online tools available from its official website. This blog talks about Computer Graphics, mainly concerning Picture to People development.

"Only who makes has true knowledge. Knowledge is control. True power depends on total control. Only who makes from scratch has the real power."

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Picture to People project future

Picture to People project is growing fast in number of users and number of image effects generated per day. The more the project grows, the more money is needed to keep it online satisfactorily.

I have no more doubt that I need to make something now, or, in a near future, the project will not be able to bear so many load, so most users will get unsatisfied.

Since I can't spend more of my own money with Picture to People, I decided to make two main things to collect more financial resources for the project:
1) properly monetize the site with a good number of ads;
2) ask for users donations.

According to my experience, ads don't make a big money, unless you have thousands of people clicking them, what usually is hard to get. Maybe because the ad networks I already tried don't offer really relevant products/services to my users.

That said, I really need to get donations for P2P. I'm planning a way to reward donators for their money. Probably I would need to create a "special" or "premium" area with exclusive design services. This area would be accessible just for donators. I'm still thinking about it.

By the way, I'm trying to finish the research of a new astonishing sketch photo effect generator that is even better than the very famous and professional sketch effects Picture to People already offers. Maybe I will keep it apart to be used by donators.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Text effect tutorials (41)

It's time to show some more text logo tutorials published at the Text Logo Creation Tutorials blog. Subscribe there to view all text effect tutorials earlier.

- a bloody Halloween text logo effect;
- a furry text logo effect;
- a realistic reflective chrome text effect logo.

These lessons teach you how to design these text effect logos (you can see bigger logos are at the original tutorials):

Design high level text effect logos as a pro easily with these top text logo creator apps.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Apache web server crashes on Windows

Picture to People already passed through 3 outages this year. It's really sad and embarrassing, and it have let me very upset.

These problems were caused by an anomalous behavior of the Apache web server we use to set the site online. The main symptom is that Apache log shows the error "Server ran out of threads to serve requests. Consider raising the ThreadsPerChild", so Apache just hangs and stops responding the HTTP requests.

The worst thing about this bug is that rebooting the machine of even reinstalling Apache doesn't solve the problem, neither for a few moments. It makes the situation very nerve-racking.

I was using a Apache 2.2.15 32bit on a Windows 2008 R2 64bit with Service Pack 1. So I replaced the original web server for an Apache 2.2.31 32bits (last version of 2.2 series). I also tried the Apache 2.2.31 64bits. They were compiled with Visual Studio (downloaded from Apache Haus), but the result was the same in all cases: Apache got out of threads in a few seconds.

Despite I couldn't really find a cause of this behavior, it looks like if Apache instantiated all threads as defined at httpd.conf, but all sockets didn't return, so the web server gets "out of threads". I really believe it's a misbehavior between Apache and winsock.

I have tried many configuration changes to make Apache work as expected. If I can find a httpd.conf modification that apparently solves the issue, I will publish it here. I don't desire that anybody pass through the bad times I'm having because of this.

By the way, I subscribed to official Apache discussion list to get some useful help about all this subject. Sad to say, it looks like everybody at that e-mail list uses Apache for Linux. I received just one answer to my very detailed question, a very useless answer. As usual, people from open source projects are not really concerned about Windows users. It's really unfortunate.

If you know any solution for this problem, please contact me. This information needs to be revealed to the world. I don't believe I'm the only unlucky guy facing this mysterious problem.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Watercolor effect photo editor online

Picture to People has an advanced Watercolor Painting Photo Effect. It's the newest application from our collection of realistic painting effect generators.

This watercolor creator app was developed to be easy to use and smartly configurable. It presents just interface elements that can be very relevant, but it can help you to create many different styles of watercolor effects.

Below you see a photo turned into a watercolor, so you can feel inspired to create your own artistic paintings. The most beautiful watercolor strongly depends on your input photo, so make tests with the parameters to produce amazing pieces of art.

Also feel invited to know all our Painting Effect Photo Editors. Together they can produce a very big number of different painting styles.

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Text effect tutorials (40)

This post is about some more text effect creations posted at the Text Effect Making Tutorials blog. Subscribe to see more effects as they get posted.

- a water and soap logo text effect;
- a stainless steel text logo effect;
- a realistic plastic text effect.

By following these tutorials you design cool header text effects (the real size logos are at the tutorial pages):

Design top class text effect logos easily by using these cool banner effect generators.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Realistic frozen text effect logo makers

Picture to People offers a very powerful graphic app that many users don't know: a special collection of realistic ice text renderers.

By using these frozen text logo creators, you can produce text effects that represent very well the ice colors, textures, bright and light reflection, so you can generate high quality ice banners, headers, titles and more.

These text effect makers were improved recently and received some minor upgrades, so they are able to design icy, frozen, polar, arctic, wintry, iceberg, frosty, crystal, melting, blizzard, snow and glacial text effects among other styles.

Use the Realistic Ice and Frozen Text Effect Editors to generate cool ice text logos like this one.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Create country flag photo effects online

Picture to People has a cool photo composition effect generator that can use flags from all around the world to produce cool graphic designs.

By using this online photo effect app, you can mix you favorite photos and your country flag, so beautiful patriot photo style are a few clicks away.

This flag photo editor have several interesting features like:
- offers a photo color preprocessing;
- let you choose a flag from any country;
- has several photo composition styles;
- you have fine control of composition level;
- offers spacial photo fitting.

Below you see a flag photo composition created by using our Country Flag Photo Editor.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Drawing paper shadow effects

I'm developing a sub-library to produce "paper shadow" effects easily. In other words, this code intends to create that kind of shadow that paper sheets usually have.

When in production stage, that software will be able to design several paper shadow styles, so it could be used to make images look to be printed on paper or to be in 3D perspective, among other possible uses.

The final presentation still needs some refinements, so the shadows can look even more realistic, but the main Math calculations are made using Maccala drawing library and are almost complete.

Below you can see a shadow effect example created in a few seconds by using my new shadow software that soon will help to create new outstanding photo effects for Picture to People project.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Text effect tutorials (39)

This time I show some more cool text effect tutorials posted at the Text Effect Tutorials blog. Subscribe to know about new tutorials with ease.

- a realistic lava logo text effect;
- a 3D inked logo text effect;
- a bamboo text logo effect.

These tutorials teach you how to design these beautiful banner effects (see the logos in real size at the tutorial pages):

Design high quality text effect logos easily by using these cool header effect generators.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

New Picture to Picture project logo

I have designed a new logo for Picture to People project. It's already online at our site.

It was designed to be:
- simple;
- beautiful;
- modern;
- monochrome;
- understandable at small sizes;
- based on "P2P" acronym;
- related to design and art;
- more adherent to the recent site design improvements.

As the time goes, I will replace P2P logo at all official places, like Facebook, Google+, Twitter, etc.

I hope you like our new logo and enjoy using all huge collection of online graphic apps from Picture to People.

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