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."

Sunday, December 28, 2008

News about this blog

I intend to create a blog inside Picture to People site. I wanna get things together concerning Picture to People project.

I will make a cleaner, simplier blog in a style very similar to the site. When it get ready, of course I will move my entrecard to the new blog.

Anyway, probably I will keep this blog here for historical reasons. Maybe I decide to copy some posts from here to the new blog too.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Carving effect for photos

Since Picture to People site was released kind of 2 weeks ago, I have been focused in increasing the roll of photo effects.

Despite I have put there a lot of useful tool that are not effects (like reduce, enlargement, mirror, crop, square, etc), there are several new artistic effects too. Several ones you usually can't get with few clicks in (paid or not) graphic softwares.

Beside all development involving Computer Graphics, now I need to spend a lot of time maintaining and developing the site. Anyway, always I can, I will show here some new effect from Picture to People site.

Above you can see an example of an effect generated in Photo Effects / Carved section of Picture to People site.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A contest for Entrecard users

Since EC admin now lets a EC user transfer up to 25,000 EC credits per week, Picture to People project has just started a contest involving reviews.

To get 1,000 EC credits:
- write a good review of Picture to People SITE (not this blog) as a post in your blog;
- at least 50 words;
-post date can't be in the past;
-you can not delete the post in future;

To get 2,000 EC credits:
- write a good review of Picture to People SITE (not this blog) as a post in your blog;
- at least 100 words;
- post date can't be in the past;
- you can not delete the post in future;
- your text must show your readers you really know Picture to People site; you should to talk about some positive experience using the free graphics effects there;

I suggest you send your review by email for checking. Send it to: leocda@gmail.com. The answer (approval or not) will be send by email too. If your review is approved, you will get your 1,000 or 2,000 EC credits until 24h after the review is online.

In my opinion, this task is very easy, because Picture to People site is free and offers a lot of professional Computer Graphics effects. It's not hard tell something good about it.

Good luck.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

www.picturetopeople.org evolution

When I decided to create the Picture to People online branch, my intention concerning photo manipulation was release my effects that are hard to get in most of (even paid) graphic softwares. They can be very useful even for professional designers, mainly the effect groups: Cartoonization, Drawing, Mosaic, Painting, Pencil and Sketch.

Now the site is online and I get users feedback everyday. A lot of them have been asking for simple traditional photo editing tools, like Reduction, Grayscale, Contrast, Crop, Flip, etc. I'm working to meet their wishes and needs, so the number of this kind of utility is increasing fast in the site.

Beside this, Picture to People site has getting a good amount of photo effects very useful for the digital photo user with average skills, like Color Improvement, Dithering, Liquify, Makeup, Pastel and so.

Anyway, the roll of photo, text or pattern effects will keep increasing fast.

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

How do P2P pattern effects work?

A lot of people is still in doubt about the pattern effects of Picture to People site. In fact, it's very simple to use, as everything there.

It's a generalization of the engine that makes the text effects. For Picture to People a "pattern" is a black shape in a white background, no matter how it looks like. You upload your image (pattern) and it will be a guide (a "directional field" in a math sense) when rendering the effect you have chosen.

Picture to people site will no refuse a non black and white image when doing a pattern effect; in this case, the input image will be made black and white internally. Beside this, usually your pattern doesn't need have a good resolution or be free of jagging. A lot of effects are immune to these problems and can accept very low quality patterns.

If you use the "closure" option, the renderizer will be cloistered by your pattern shape. In this case, you can choose freely the background color you want.

Above you see a pattern in very poor quality. After you see the result of applying an effect without closure and finally you see the same effect using closure with a soft purple as background.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

www.picturetopeople.org updated

The effects roll is increasing fast. For now I'm improving the list of photo effects.

Anyway, I will not talk about that in this post. I wanna tell you Picture to People site has just got very nice structural updates:

- now you can upload photos until 1200x1200 pixels and until 200 KB;

- now the result texts can have until 1200x600 pixels;

It's a really good increase comparing to the old sizes allowed.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Color enhancement for photos

Picture to people now has a new category of photo effects.

Now you can improve the color distribution of your photos.

In some cases, the quality enhancement is amazing.

Beware if you improve the color distribution of some kinds of bad quality and/or noised photos, the result can be even worse, since you will "increase the bad". Anyway, it works very well for a large group of images.

Above you see a photo and the color enhanced result.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Apply effects on your own images

I'm glad to announce Picture to People site has a new class of effects I have not made disclosure in this blog yet.

P2P has the "pattern effects". For Picture to People, a "pattern" is a black shape in a white background. This new approach gives a whole world of new possibilities, since you can use ANY black and white image you want.

Soon I will start a Tutorial section in www.picturetopeople.org, so, among other things, I will show tips, tricks and pitfalls of pre-processing your patterns to get the best results concerning the effects.

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

www.picturetopeople.org is online

I'm glad and proud to announce Picture to People official website is online.

There you will be able to get by yourself most effects you see in this blog and much, much more. It has already started with more than 100 professional Computer Graphics effects, and it's just the beginning. I have tons of new effects to study and create yet.

It was published now and is in beta release. Start to use it right now and help to know if there is any bug.

From now on, you can use this blog to suggest new effects that could be useful for you.

I hope you enjoy: http://www.picturetopeople.org/

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

No pain, no gain

If you are my reader, you have seen I'm not posting so often as usual. I'm really not having any time to something different of picturetopeople.org.

I'm making everything (just as I like), so these days I was very busy with:

- Host;

- DNS;

- Apache;

I'm working really hard for this. Just talking about fonts, for example, I have collected and catalogued more than 1000 nice fonts to be used with P2P effects.

I'm sleeping very few, but I can already say: at most in a week I intend to get picturetopeople.org online in beta release. I hope P2P site can start already with more than 50 effects.

If you like graphics, keep reading this blog ... I'm almost there.

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