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."

Friday, December 21, 2012

Free online impressionist painting photo effect

Now I show you other recently published paint photo effect. This one is the Impressionist Painting Photo Effect.

As the name suggests, this software turns photos into impressionist pieces of art like the ones created by professional painters from the artistic movement named Impressionism.

This tool offers several interesting configuration options, so you can have a nice control over the paint effect you create online.

Below you can see an artistic painting generated by using this new innovative painting software.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Free realistic watercolor paint photo effect

The next painting photo effect in the series is the Watercolor Painting Photo Effect. As the name says, it was created to turn photos into realistic watercolor paintings.

As usual for Picture to People tools, this online paint software generates pieces of art very similar to the real ones that are painted by professional artists. Moreover, the results keep all important informations from the original photos.

This software has several interesting configuration options, so it's possible to generate several styles of watercolor paintings instantly with no effort. See an example below.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Free online oil painting photo effect

It's the second software of the new set of online painting photo effects I have published recently. It was released as the Oil Painting Photo Effect.

Using this tool, you can generate realistic oil painting portraits and pictures. They are very similar too that ones professional artists paint and keep all the important shapes and tracing from the original image.

This new software is so powerful that you can even control the brushes size and strokes pressure. Below you see a painted piece of art created using this new free online painting software. I have used the same input photo from the previous post, so you can have an idea how the result is different.

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Free online classic painting photo effect

I have released several online advanced painting photo effects. This post starts a series that shows all these new powerful softwares to turn photos into painted pictures.

This one is the most classic of these new tools. It was developed to create realistic, fine detailed, high-fidelity paintings from photos. You can use it at the Classic Art Painting Photo Effect page.

It's versatile and offers several configuration items, so you can get many different stroke styles, and also like if the piece of art was made using oil or acrylic for example.

Below you see a photo transformed into a painted portrait by using this new P2P software. The strokes are very delicate and the final art is very detailed, like the portraits made by artists from the Realism artistic movement.

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Creating fresh paint effects for photos

I have been creating a totally new and very impressive painting engine based on samples. It was a very old dream and already took me many months of research and hard work.

Now the engine is in a advanced stage, I'm developing different painting tools to Picture to People. Based on photos (the samples), these tools will generate impressive portraits and so.

Unfortunately, there are many sub-projects ongoing and I'm not sure if I will be able to finish these new softwares this year yet.

Anyway, I will put some samples here when the softwares are in alpha or beta level. Also wait for the news about their publishing in next posts. Reading this blog you will be the first to know about that.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Free online chalk text effect

I have released a tool to create chalk texts. It's easy to use, but the results can be very impressive.

Some features of this new software are:

- it can render several chalk styles and pressures;
- it offers several chalkboard styles;
- it delivers a special list of fonts, including many fonts that look to be handwritten;
- it's able to generate very realistic results.

Below I show an example of what this new renderer can make:

You can use this new Picture to People tool at the Online Chalk Text Effect page.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Free online text effects with amazing fonts

Here you can see some more special fonts from the recently published package.

These new non-regular fonts open new possibilities when creating text effects and let P2P users generate new impressive and realistic images.

Among several others, some of the Picture to People tools where you can use these new font faces are listed below:
- Special 3D Text Effects;
- Online Text Effects;
- Light Text Effects;
- 3D Text Effect;
- Smoke Text Effect;
- Stone Text Effect;
- Water Text Effect;

Below you see some of the new fonts:

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

New fonts for amazing online text effects

Now most of Picture to People text effects can be applied using new uncommon fonts that I have just published.

Most new fonts are complex and/or weird, so they can't be properly used with all effects, but all of them can be employed to generate new astonishing text effects. As I have already taught before, many times the font face format and style can help to get different results from the ones you could make with a common font.

Now almost all P2P tools that create text effects have close to 500 fonts to you choose. Picture to People already has hundreds of professional online text effects, so you have countless possibilities when creating your outstanding text effect.

Below I show some of new fonts available for Picture to People text effects. Probably they will be useful for you someday.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Text effects tutorials (8)

Here it's the digest of the effect tutorials that were published in the previous month at the Text Effect Tutorials blog. Click the name in the list to open the tutorial.

- a Halloween text effect;
- a broken glass text effect;
- a holed mercury text effect;
- a jelly text effect;

That's the images created by following the taught steps:

Know about the most recent tutorial posts by subscribing to the Text Effect Tutorials feed.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Rendering engine with professional anti-aliasing

Picture to People already had one of the most professional 2D vector based rendering engines in the market. This engine is part of my Maccala library and it has proved to be very fast, precise and reliable these last years, because it was successfully used to create most text and photo effects P2P already offers.

Anyway, recently I have discovered a small bug that only happened in very special conditions related to clipping operations. By the way, it's worthy to know that all vector based drawing operations are "clipping aware" or, in other words, shapes are drawn naturally clipped.

This problem was very subtle and affected just the bound pixels close to the clipping frame. In specific conditions, the ingenious (integer based) calculations of the renderer could need to deal with unexpected negative values, generating wrong results.

Below you can see a wrong rendering (left side) and a correct one (right side). The blue squares represent the clipping windows and the small red squares highlighted the region that failed in the left drawing.

Here I show the small regions increased 10 times in size, so you can see clearly the wrong pixels and how they were fixed in right side image.

Now my 2D anti-aliased drawing algorithm is even more precise, and it's not all. Seizing the opportunity and the knowledge I acquired these last years, I have improved the algorithm speed even more. After these recent optimizations, the drawing operations are kind of 17% faster for most cases.

P2P keeps its commitment to offer the most professional softwares, so you can generate more and more outstanding results.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Graphic effect of chalkboard writing

After requests of several users in last years, finally I'm trying to develop a renderer able to create chalk text effects. I hope this new tool will be powerful, so the user will be able to get realistic results.

My intention is to create a versatile software that offers several chalk rendering styles and a good set of font faces. Let's see if I can make it as good as I would like.

The program is in alpha stage, but it's already partially functional. Below I show an example about the kind of result you can generate when the software is published.

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Text effects tutorials (7)

It's the summary of the text effects published last month at the Text Effect Tutorials blog. You can go to the exact tutorial by clicking the name in the list.

- a bubble text effect;
- a stainless steel text effect;
- a speed text effect;
- a chocolate bar text effect;

Below you see the results related to these text effects:

If you want to try new text effects tips as soon they are posted, follow this address totally dedicated to Text Effect Tutorials.

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Turn photos into realistic colorful pencil drawings

I have released a new free online software to create realistic pencil drawing photo effects.

 This new software is more powerful than the previous ones. Among its great features are:
- creates realistic drawings like made by human artists;
- high fidelity with the original images, even the detailed ones;
- has great configuration level, so you can simulate several drawing styles and media types;
- offers several ways to improve the input image for best results;
- has several beautiful stroke styles;
- offers nice control over outline drawing;
- offers fine grain selection for output colors.

Below you see a sample of the amazing colorful pencil drawings you can generate using this free online graphic software:

Use it at the Realistic Colorful Drawing Photo Effect page.

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