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."

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Another ice text example

Here you see one more example about what the new Picture to People ice text effects can do. There are some ice renderers, so it's possible to get several different ice or freezing styles. Below I show you a frozen text.

Anyway, I kept the best examples to present as tutorials at this blog about text effects. As the time goes, you will be able to see some realistic ice text effects there and also explanations about how to get them.

If you want to make some good ice text effects, just surf to this Text Generator Catalog and go to the "Ice Text Effects" section.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New ice text effects

Now Picture to People project has 6 new powerful ice text effect generators.

Some of them are better to be used with thin font faces and others generate more interesting images with thick fonts. Usually all ice effects give even nicer results with black (or at least dark) backgrounds.

By choosing wisely the font face to apply, you can get amazing realistic ice texts. You can create several ice styles, and below I show you a frozen text example (click the image for a full size viewing).

These new text effects can be used by starting from the Text Generator Catalog, at the "Ice Text Effects" section.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

More than 200 new fonts for text effects

I have released new font faces to be used with most Picture to People text effects. Now you can get new impressive graphic text effects using more than 200 new fonts. There already are more than 400 cool fonts to choose from.

You should be patient and wait for the complete page loading when using a text effect, because now there are many fonts faces to show in the list. Anyway, usually a bigger delay happens just the first time if your browser cache is working well. It's important because, for all Picture to People tools, you get wrong results if you don't wait for the complete page loading.

The tools already improved with these new font faces are:

Furthermore, all new Picture to People text effects and tools will be already created offering more than 400 fonts to choose from.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Professional Photo Sketch

I would like to show at least one more example about how detailed Photo Sketch drawings can be. This tool is capable of generating really well calculated fine strokes.

You can choose among several drawing styles with different detail levels. When using it, if your input photo/image already has very well defined, high contrast regions, turn the "Use smart strokes" option off.

Below I show a photo and a pencil sketch created from it. You can click the images for a full size viewing. More examples can be seen at this Photo Sketch gallery.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A very efficient color picker

I developed Picture to People with a very powerful log. Analyzing the log I saw that there were many errors configuring the colors when using the effects. I realized that I have really many dummy users that don't understand what a "color in HTML hexadecimal style" is.

I always tried to make P2P absolutely easy (in fact, the easiest ever), but I forgot about the colors setting. My fault. To solve this problem once for all, I developed my own color picker component in javascript.

I projected it very carefully to have all important colors and to be very direct, efficient and user friendly. You always solve a color problem with two clicks: one to call the color picker (clicking the proper icon beside any color item) and one to set the color you want. When you call the component, it appears just close to your mouse and, when you choose a color, it is just written in the related color field. Below I show you how the color picker window looks like.

I coded the picker to mark any color cell (highlighting its borders in red as you see in the image) as the mouse pass over it. It works perfectly in Firefox and Chrome. This feature doesn't work in IE because it lacks some properties as defined by W3C. Anyway, the overall operation works in all three browsers.

I will always work hard to take professional Computer Graphics the easiest way for all.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

New professional effects to make pencil sketches from photos

I have released some days ago a new tool called Photo Sketch. It has state of art, next generation effects to transform even the more detailed photos into very realistic pencil sketches or drawings (like the ones professional artists make by hand).

Below I show you the result of turning a photo into a pencil sketch. This tool has several sketch effect styles to choose from, and each result image is composed by thousands or even millions of carefully chosen strokes. Depending on the style you select, these strokes can be very delicated and detailed.

You can transform your photos into pencil drawings as well. To see many other awesome examples about the power of this new Picture to People feature, have a good look at the Photo Sketch Gallery.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Smoke text example 2

Yet another example to show you how this new Picture to People renderer can create very different smoke styles.

Some of my beta testers said when they saw this kind of smoke: "Hey, I can use it to make clouds!". Don't worry about it. I intend to make a new renderer focused on drawing clouds in future. Anyway, while it's not ready, if you think like that too ... it's up to you. You can use it anyhow you want.

Another good thing about this smoke effect in particular is that it destroys the font face very little when compared to some other smoke styles. Click the image for full-size viewing. Create your own image by using this smoke text generator.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Smoke text example

Now Picture to People has a feature with several smoke styles, so I will show you another example about what you can get using the Smoke Text tool.

It's impossible to draw a realistic smoke without mixing it with the environment. When you go to use these effects, keep in mind that the background color you select takes a big influence over the final result. Of course, the font you choose makes a big difference too.

This smoke you see below is more like the kind that fade up from cigarettes than the other I have shown before. In nature, the looking of a smoke depends on the burning material, the amount of firing stuff, the heat level, etc. Click the image to enlarge.

I'm always working hard to develop new, innovative, professional graphic tools for you, everything free and very easy to use. Wait for more surprises in some weeks.

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Professional smoke text effects

I'm proud to announce that I have just released a new advanced tool totally dedicated to smoke text rendering.

I discovered some time ago that text made of smoke is one of the more desired text effects by designers and graphic users, so I put a very big effort on this development. It was really hard to make, but it's finally ready to use.

This new feature has several different smoke generators, so you can generate most smoke styles you see in nature. You can even choose the background color of your image (it is a hard thing to make when dealing with this kind of procedural algorithm).

This tool has more than 100 font faces to choose from and the selected font make an important role in the final result. For sure there are a lot of possibilities to be explored!

Below I show you an example of one of the smoke styles that can be made using this new software (click to enlarge).

Get your own effect by using this new, professional smoke text generator.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

What is going on with Picture to People?

This blog is not over. I have been posting very few currently, but for a very good reason. I'm spending all my spare time developing new tools to Picture to People project.

I'm working very hard to create new amazing text effects. I'm doing my best to make them so advanced as I would like. I want to create effects that you couldn't get easily, even using the most expensive desktop graphic software.

Wait for some surprises in next weeks.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Typography books

Very often people send me emails asking about fonts and typography. Many times they have simple questions more related to font styles and usages, but I don't have time to answer everybody.

So I decided to give here a more general tip: I will suggest the best introductory books about typography I have read so far. Usually they focus on a design point of view.

Here is the book list in random order:

* The Complete Manual of Typography - James Felici;
* The Elements of Typographic Style - Robert Bringhurst;
* Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students (Design Briefs) - Ellen Lupton;
* Designing with Type: The Essential Guide to Typography - James Craig, William Bevington, Irene Korol Scala;

Hope you enjoy.

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Monday, September 6, 2010

3D text effects

Now Picture to People has a tool to draw "true" 3D texts. The effects you get using this renderer are really created using three-dimensional modeling and rendering algorithms and not 2D tricks.

This new feature has some rendering styles and several 3D models to choose from. It is really easy to use and prevents you from dealing with angles, axis, coordinates and other Math concepts you don't want to care about.

Below I show you two examples about what you can get there:

Get your own 3D texts using this 3D text effects tool.

I have been developing complex Computer Graphics tools for a long time. I'm really very exhausted. I need some time to rest.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

New text effects

I have just released 12 new text effects in Picture to People project.

There are new features for:
- metallic text effects;
- silver text effects;
- wood text effects.

The new Picture to People text renderer already has more than 150 easy to use, professional text effects. You can use all of them starting from this text generator catalog.

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Turning photos into text

The new Picture to People tool doesn't work only for simple images. You can even draw your favorite photos with text.

Usually it's a good idea use high contrast pictures. If you need, pre-process your photos before applying the effect. The pre-processing can be made using the Picture to People image editor.

Below I show an example about what the Typographic Photo effect can make.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Drawing images using text

Since I started releasing Picture to People tools online, people have been asking for a tool to draw pictures with text.

I have finally created this renderer and it's already online. It tries to keep the original image information as much as possible, and there is a configuration parameter to inform if you want prioritize the input image contours or the font rendering.

There are many font faces to choose from and you can draw even complex photos. It's a good idea to use good contrast input images.

Below I show an example of an input image and its drawing made of text.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A tool to mix photos and typography

I stopped developing my light library for a while.

I have seen some artworks a couple days ago that inspired me to create a new cool effect. This new one involves photos and typography too.

I'm developing it nowadays and I'm really excited about that. I'm sure this new Picture to People tool will be useful for a lot of people in many situations.

As the programming evolves, I will show here some results and examples.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Turning photos into light drawings

Have you ever tried the new Picture to People tool? Now you can transform your photos into nice drawings made of light.

This tool have some good configuration level. I have been using that to make neon effects as well.

Below I show you an example concerning what I'm talking about. You can use this tool by yourself in this light effects page of Picture to People site.

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Drawing lights 2

As promised, here I show some more lights I could already draw.

There are many variables to regard when drawing a good light source and I'm trying to get a versatile software here. It's not an easy subject, is it?

I'm doing a preliminary development yet, but I'm happy I could already show some screenshots.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Drawing lights

I'm not posting very often. I have been spending a lot of time developing a new library for Picture to People project.

I'm trying to create a library focused on drawing lights. I would like this library could be generic and powerful enough to open new possibilities concerning effects.

In some preliminary tests, I was able to generate some light styles. I show some of them here and I will show the other ones in a next post.

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Talking about Text Effects

Since I released the new Picture to People Text Generator, people have been asking a lot about text effects.

Now I have a place to talk specially about artistic texts. There I will show, discuss, give examples, tips e suggestions, always concerning easy and smart ways to get great text results. This way, I can let this blog to go back to its origins: post mainly about my new Computer Graphics developments.

By now, this new text effects corner is only showing some examples about what you can have from the new Text Generator with no design skills. It's just to prepare your mood. Soon I will post there many tips and ideas to help you getting awesome texts with very few effort.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Text Generator examples

This post shows you some examples about what the new Picture to People Text Generator can make.

As I told before, there are more than 150 professional, ready to use text effects. You can choose from more than 100 font faces too.

Like people say, an image is better than 1000 words. The sample images show six different text effects made with six different fonts.

Using the new Picture to People Text Generator, you can get texts like these very easily. No design skills needed.

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