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."

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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Monday, April 11, 2016

Upgrade to a new powerful server

As several times before, Picture to People site's traffic increased more and more, so our dedicated server became overloaded. In the hours of day when P2P is most used, many requests had been receiving a slow response and, in some worse cases, our web server stopped responding.

I had no choice but pay for a more powerful server, otherwise in several parts of day users wouldn't have a smooth experience using P2P. It became a non optional decision.

The good news are that now Picture to People runs on a monster dedicated machine with a powerful processor and lots of memory. I'm optimistic that our new server can support some more traffic increase and I also can release more graphic software at the site with confidence.

The bad news are that I don't have money to pay for this very expensive server. Currently the site is very poorly monetized (in fact, most pages has just a small lateral ad), but probably I will need to set up a good number of ads to get money to pay for our new server.

At least I hope I will be able to achieve the most important goal: keep Picture to People project alive and providing a high quality service.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

New bevel text logo effects online

Since a small time ago, Picture to People offers hundreds of realistic bevel text effects online. After its release, this bevel text maker application made a big success and become one of the most used P2P text generator tools.

This tool was developed extremely versatile and powerful, because it uses some real 3D algorithms to generate its results. When I transformed this it into an software to be used online, I made many simplifications, so it became easy to use even for non geek and non designer users.

Recently I was seeing some text logos online for inspiration and I found some cool beveled logos. That time I realized that my bevel text maker could make logos like that, but not through the interface I have published online.

So I decided to improve the online bevel text effects by offering very useful new configuration parameters. Below you see a new style of bevel text banner (in this case, a bevel metallic text effect) that can be designed by using the more complete version of Bevel Text Effect Generator applications.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Long shadow effect generator online

Since many users requested it, I developed a text effect generator able to design beautiful long shadow logos, banners and headers.

Now you can create amazing long shadow texts with no effort, including the trendy flat long shadow effect. You can even create a logo with shadow only, so you get a "phantom text".

This shadow effect maker is so powerful and customizable that, if you don't choose wisely your configuration parameters, you can turn your long shadow into a regular small shadow.

Below I show you a dense long shadow effect created by using our Long Shadow Effect Text Creator.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Faster text logos online

Picture to People site implements a very aggressive cache policy. This means that, if you wait for a page to load completely, it will load much faster next times you use it.

Anyway, I was not satisfied. I want to make P2P as fast as I can, so recently I was looking for a way to speed it up.

After some hard work, I found a way to make all text effect pages faster to load. Now they open faster for the users, so any page you open for the first time (or after a long time) will be ready to use in fewer time. This improvement benefits, for example, our most popular 3D Text Effect maker.

Besides and not less important, this optimization helped to generate less traffic on my web server when one of these pages is requested. This for sure will give some refreshment to our server that already is very overloaded, since we have tens of thousands of his every day and most of our graphic effects are hard to calculate.

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