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."

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Turn photos into artistic mosaics

I would like to show some more examples about the software that transforms pictures into creative mosaic effects.

This tools is really very powerful, so it's possible to create dozens of different artistic mosaic photo effects. If you like mosaics, it could be a good idea to have some time learning how to use its several parameters. It could be even very funny.

Among the many effects you can create, I posted two samples below. I will publish more examples later.

Create beautiful mosaic art from photos or any pictures by using the Artistic Mosaic Photo Effect.

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Modern browsers: when cache becomes something bad

I'm making some tech probes verifying the possibility of creating an interactive image composer WITHOUT using HTML 5 features. I want it working for people using older browsers, like usual for all Picture to People tools.

Believe me: web development is already very boring because the standards are made to be disobeyed. Each browser implements HTML, DOM, CSS e javascript as the related developers want and we need to live worried all the time about "being compatible with as much browsers as we can". If it was not enough to make our lifes a pain, we always discover new bugs and bad workings in these beloved softwares called browsers.

Are the modern browsers faster than old ones? Yes! Are they making this honestly? No. The more I make tests, the more I see recent browsers are caching everything, even what they shouldn't cache. It looks like if they are caching things just by name and location, no matter if that stuff has a newer date/time than the resource they are keeping. It's like to think "Hum ... I got this thing few time ago ... I'm feeling lucky, so let me show the same one without checking if it have changed in the origin".

So you can say: well, we always can press F5 and hope the browser will request that stuff again, right? Wrong! We CAN'T always ask for a page reload. It would be the case for my interactive composer: In several moments, I could need request again some page items, but reloading all the page would discard what the user have already done.

According to the tests I have been making, browser are making illegal caching, refusing to ask to the server some elements, even when that stuff was recreated in the server. Not surprisingly, the bad caching champion has been the fastest browser nowadays: chrome.

I just can't get used to this kind of thing. I'm really very upset with these super bothering problems web development always have. Let's see if I can find a way to work around this problem without giving up the interactivity of my software.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Turning photos into professional pencil sketches

The tool that makes the most realistic pencil sketches and drawings is even better.

It received some more optimizations and now, depending on the configuration you set, produces even more fine, soft, detailed strokes, delivering high-fidelity as professional artists do.

Surprise your relatives and friends with amazing drawings by using the Realistic Pencil Sketch Photo Effect software (and don't forget to read the tips in the page to get the best experience using it): http://www.picturetopeople.org/photo_sketch/realistic_pencil_sketch_photo_effect.html

Below you see an example about professional pencil drawing made with the software (click to see in bigger size):

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Online mosaic photo effects

I have released a very versatile software to transform photos into mosaics. In fact, you can turn any kind of picture into a very impressive artistic mosaic.

This tool is very powerful and offers you great control over a lot of configuration items, so it's possible to get many types of artistic mosaic effects. Knowing how to set the very useful parameters, you can get beautiful effects while keeping high-fidelity with the original image.

Transform your photos by using the best mosaic effects with the Artistic Mosaic Photo Effect tool.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Text effects tutorials (4)

Have a look at the text effects I have published last month at the Text Effect Tutorials blog. The beautiful text effects I talked about are listed below. To see exactly the related posts at the tutorials blog, select the month "June 2012" at the "Blog Archive" (right column).

- a beautiful translucent glass text effect;
- an old broken wooden text effect;
- a text holed by fire;
- a gelatin text effect;

If you follow these text effects tutorials, you will get these great text images:

I hope some of these text effects can be useful for you. Let's keep creating amazing graphics.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Super realistic online text effects

I have released the biggest publishing ever made: more than 1200 new professional realistic 3D text effects.

During almost 2 years I worked on these effects as a secondary project, always apart of the other softwares created according to P2P development schedule. I'm very happy they are finally finished.

All these professional text generators have great advanced features like:

- very realistic results;
- professional anti-aliased rendering;
- several different 3D text styles;
- great control over the text shadow;
- more than 450 great font faces;
- optional transparent result image.

That last feature (transparent results) was a very old and frequent request of users. Probably I have already received more than one thousand emails asking for it since P2P is online. I modified all the output engine from the site to deliver this new option.

Below I show you an example about what can be made using these new professional text generators (click the image for a full size viewing).

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sketch your photo

I would like to show some more samples about what our Realist Sketch Photo Effect tool can make. Its astonishing detailed and fine grain strokes create very beautiful and realistic pencil drawings (or even other styles if you chance accordingly the interface parameters).

The example below shows how you can get a drawing with high fidelity even when the input is an image without high contrast.

This artistic software has been tested with photos having very different math properties and the results have never been disappointing. Sometimes the default configuration is not the best one, so it's a good idea to spend a little time learning how to use this amazingly powerful graphic tool.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

More complex fonts to create professional text effects

As promised now I show more special fonts from the recently published package.

The new interesting fonts let you have more possibilities when creating your text effects and can help you to generate new amazing results.

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

Here some of the new fonts are:
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