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 27, 2013

Online text generators with improved language support

I'm glad to announce P2P now supports natively a lot of new languages (mostly Western ones), so its thousands of online text effect makers can be more useful to millions of people around the globe.

The fully supported languages are:
  • Afrikaans;
  • Albanian;
  • Basque;
  • Breton;
  • Catalan;
  • Corsican;
  • Danish;
  • English (UK and US);
  • Faroese;
  • Galician;
  • German;
  • Icelandic;
  • Indonesian;
  • Irish (new orthography);
  • Italian;
  • Latin (basic classical orthography);
  • Leonese;
  • Luxembourgish (basic classical orthography);
  • Malay;
  • Manx;
  • Norwegian (BokmÃ¥l and Nynorsk);
  • Occitan;
  • Portuguese;
  • Rhaeto-Romanic;
  • Scottish Gaelic;
  • Spanish;
  • Swahili;
  • Swedish;
  • Walloon.
The almost fully supported languages (missing few characters) are:
  • Catalan;
  • Czech;
  • Dutch;
  • Estonian;
  • Finnish;
  • French;
  • Hungarian;
  • Irish (traditional orthography);
  • Latin with macrons;
  • Maori;
  • Turkish;
  • Welsh.
Anyway, beware: no matter Picture to People text effect tools can understand the more uncommon chars of that languages, the softwares still depend on the font file data to know how to draw them. It means that if you choose a font that doesn't implement some letter of your text, that letter can be rendered as an empty space, a square or whatever the font data contains (even nothing).

If you have problems rendering more complex texts, you can choose the Arial or Tahoma fonts, because for sure they have all characters for the fully supported languages (and most for the partially supported ones). They are not artistic or special fonts, but at least you can create the text effect with the correct spelling.

Below I show an example of some new characters that can be drawn by using our Online Text Effect Editors.

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Online comic drawing photo effect

Since I released the Photo to Comic Drawing Converter a little time ago, I have received a very positive feedback about it from users.

Several people told me this new tool is even better than our traditional tool called Cartoon Photo Effect (which appears as a top result in Google for many related searches and is successfully used by hundreds or even thousand of people every day).

In fact, the newer software is more modern, since it applies my more recent and innovative researches about tools to turn photos into drawings that look like cartoons. Anyway, one tool doesn't replace the other, since the newer one was created to be complementary to published earlier.

Just to give an example, Cartoon Photo Effect offers mostly drawing styles based on gradients, while the Photo to Comic Drawing Converter offers options to create halftoned drawings if desired.

Below I show other example of art style this new comic drawing photo effect is able to generate.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

A new interfce is under development

Among dozens of things already planned or under development for Picture to People, there are one of them that I intend to finish next weeks and I'm very exited about.

This is not properly a graphic tool by itself, but it can help P2P to get some of its parts more beautiful and maybe easier to use. I'm creating, completely from scratch, a new template to be used in the project site.

In fact, it's not a "skin replace", since this new design is not compatible with the current one. I don't intend to change the tools I have already released, but I want to create a new interface paradigm to be used with some new tool to be published in future.

The point is: I'm preparing some kind of different online tools to gather older features in a easier way to use. So I'm trying to create a completely new CSS template that could achieve at least these goals:

- look simple and kind of clean;
- look a little more modern and beautiful compared to the current look & feel;
- offer an interface suitable to show many different and direct options to users;
- take advantage of high resolution screens, but keep working fine in low resolution monitors (800x600);
- be easily understood by user (as self-explaining as possible);
- use recent web development techniques to make it more beautiful and pleasant to use;
- share the same appearance in all modern browsers;
- even if it looks ugly in old browsers, at least keep working and usable in aged environments;
- be reasonably easy to maintain.

I'm not worried about back compatibility, so I prefer to imagine this as an interface to different tools that will be in the same site. I hope the users endorse the results of this effort when it's online.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Convert photos to comic drawings or cartoons online

I have released a software to create comic drawings from photos online.

This tool takes advantage of my most recent researches about color space reduction and outline generation of complex images. It's really a modern software.

Besides that, it's simple to use, but yet very powerful. By changing its interface values, you can create a very nice comic art from almost any kind of picture.

Below I show a photo and a comic drawing created by using the Photo to Comic Drawing Converter. As you can see, a beautiful drawing was generated and all important information from original photo was kept.

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Text effect tutorials (21)

Here you see the tutorials that were posted last month at the blog about Free Online Text Effects. I hope they can be useful for you.

- a reflective shiny text effect;
- a 3D leopard fur text effect;
- a 3D hardwood text effect;
- a 3D text effect for kids;

These tutorials teach you how to create the effects below (you can see the images in real size at the related tutorial page):

You can create countless amazing text effects very easily by using the Free Online Text Effect Editors offered at Picture to People site.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Online configurable photo painting editors

Many people have seen the showcase about our modern photo paint effect editors. It's called The Best Photo Painting Effects. What that gallery doesn't show is how that online photo painting softwares are versatile.

Picture to People photo painting editors are amazing because the create the most realistic results (the ones you could even believe were made by real painters). Furthermore, they are equally amazing because they have a very nice configuration level. This last feature is very important and it can be very useful.

As an example, below I show a very small photo having many tiny details. After you see a painting created by using our Online Watercolor Painting Photo Editor with its default configuration. Finally there is a result generated by using the same watercolor photo painting effect, but selecting different values in the software interface. The one you prefer is a matter of opinion, but everybody can see in the second one we could get smoother brush strokes and a more detailed piece of art.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A library to manipulate and convert Unicode strings

I could finally finish a reasonable library to read strings encoded by using the UFT (UCS Transformation Format) family of string/symbol codifications.

I also used the opportunity to create a lot of handy functions to manipulate Latin1 strings in an easier and more optimized way.

Now, to be able to offer "Unicode aware" text effects I need to be able to extract high code glyphs from TTF (or OTF) fonts. For sure it's much harder than programming encoders/decoders.

At least, the effort I made so far gave me a very deep understanding about some strange string conversion errors that can occur when users from East request text effects.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

New online fire text effect generators

I have recently published some new fire text effects as part of P2P software called Online Text Effects.

These fresh fire effects are much better than the old ones, because they are more beautiful and are more similar to real fire. There are several new different fire text styles, so for sure you can find a fire text effect for any situation. There even is an effect that reminds burning lava.

Below you see the results of two new fire text effect editors in action.

By the way, I took the opportunity to improve the old fire effects, so now they have better flames. You can go directly to the fire text effect generators section to select the one you prefer.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Text effect tutorials (20)

It's about the tutorials I have published last month at the blog about Free Online Text Effects. Here they are.

- a 3D colorful fractal text effect;
- a diabolic Halloween text effect;
- a splash water text effect;
- a 3D cyborg text effect;

Those tutorials help you to get these very beautiful text effects (you can see each image in bigger size at the related tutorial page):

You can easily create millions of outstanding text effects by using the The Best Free Online Text Generators published at Picture to People site.

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

New Picture to People image upload policy

Recently we have improved the image upload policy for most of Picture to People effects. Below I explain the changes in details.

First of all, file size will not be a problem anymore. Now the input files can be up to 1 MB in size, what is five times bigger than the previous limit of 200 KB.

Second, but not less important, most P2P photo effects now deal with images in a different way. Previously, if the image had any dimension above a limit value (usually 1200 pixels), the request was refused.

Now our softwares are more versatile when evaluating if an image is suitable to be used as input. If the image size doesn't match our upload policy, it's reduced and so the effect is calculated (there is no more abortion caused by image size in pixels).

Currently, the four possible steps to decide what to make when a photo effect request is received are like below for most P2P tools:

1) Inspect the file coming from the request. If it is up to 1 MB in size, proceed. If it's bigger, reject the request and warn the user;

2) Evaluate the image total size in pixels. If the image has up to 1,000,000 (1 million) pixels, accept it "like is", no matter what its dimensions are, so calculate the effect. This rule turns eligible, for example, an image that has dimensions of 1800 x 500;

3) If the image has more than 1 million pixels, evaluate its dimensions. If both image dimensions (width and height) are up to 1200 pixels, accept the image "like is" and calculate the effect.

4) If the image has any dimension (width or height) bigger than 1200 pixels, reduce the image proportionally, so its bigger dimension becomes 1200 and the smaller reduces accordingly. Calculate the effect using this reduced image as input. Return the result image to the user, no matter it's smaller than the original one.

There are some P2P softwares that use different limits and make bigger image reductions, but they are few.

Now that our image input policy makes more sense, we hope you enjoy even more by using Picture to People project.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Use country flags to create amazing 3D text effects online

Frequently P2P users ask me about a tip to create a text effect that reminds their countries. The answer can be easier than expected.

Surprisingly, many users don't know Picture to People has a very handy text generator that can be useful for any "national subject". We offer an advanced 3D text effect maker that can create many styles of texts rendered with a country flag.

Despite there many useful 3D configurations and more than 400 font faces to choose from, this tool lets you choose among the flags of all countries of the worlds. It can be used at Country Flag 3D Text Effect the page.

Below I show you just a simple example of what this software can make. In this case, it's an effect created by selecting the China's flag and a suitable font.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

All the best online text effect makers in one place

Since a small time ago, Picture to People site has a page that gathers our most famous and used online text effects.

Now this is the easiest place from where you can select one of our many text effect softwares. Even if you don't know our big amount of effects yet, that's a nice place to begin from. There you can easily access professional text effect tools like for example:

- Online Text Effects;
- Realistic 3D Text Effects;
- Realistic Embossed Text Effects;
- 3D Graffiti Text Generator.

Start using the Best Online Text Generators right now and create the most impressive text effects (that page contains many amazing samples).

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

The best copper and bronze text effects online

Today I have published new realistic metallic text effects to be used online.

In fact, there were a qualitative jump concerning free text generators to make metallic effects, because now our set of realistic 3d text effect creators has a new theme: copper text effects.

Other great thing that is worthy to notice: these new text makers are perfect to create bronze text effects too. Below I show an example of a copper/bronze text effect generate by using this new P2P tool. You can use all copper/bronze rendering styles at the Copper Text Effects page.

Picture to People offers hundreds and hundreds of high quality realistic metallic text effects, and you can choose among all of them by starting from this huge catalog: Online Metallic Text Effect Generators.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Ideas about graffiti decorations

Picture to People offers the best online graffiti text generator. It has really many interesting and advanced features to let users create the most customized and beautiful virtual graffiti effects.

Despite that software makes a great success and is used by thousands and thousands of people every month, since it was published some time ago, we have been receiving many suggestions from the community and some of them are very interesting.

Our current graffiti maker already has many configuration options, so we decided don't increase it with a new package of features. Instead of it, we started developing a totally new graffiti text generator following different paradigms (a kind of complementary tool).

Among the many things to research and develop, there is the subject of what decorations we will offer. Recently, I have been making implementations and tests to create the most impressive options.

This part is in a very preliminary phase yet, but, just to illustrate, I show bellow an example of a text decoration recently developed. Probably, in a finished graffiti work, there would be a composition of several distinct decorations.

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Text effect tutorials (19)

Let's have a look at the tutorials I have published last month at the blog about Free Text Effects.

- a super shiny light text effect;
- a realistic 3D metallic medieval text effect;
- a burnt wood text effect;
- a glass text effect with light refraction;

Doing as explained in the tutorials, you get that amazing results (you can see each image in bigger size at the related tutorial page):

It's possible to generate countless outstanding text effects easily by using the Free Online Text Effect Makers available in Picture to People site.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Matching colors for compositions

Many users don't know, but Picture to People has an old tool that can be very useful in several types of situations.

Sometimes it can be a little hard to choose the right colors to put together to get a nice composition. It could happen, for example, when selecting the right colors to compose the interface of a site or blog.

In cases like that one, you could like to use our Palette Generator with Matching Colors. It offers several useful ways to get colors that match according to relevant criterias.

You can, for example, based on a pivot color, create a palette with colors having the same luminance, but with different hues. The colors from this generated palette are more likely to be nicely mixed with the pivot one.

Try the Online Smart Palette Generator now. By the way, the more colors you intend to mix, the more useful this P2P assistant can be, helping to make your task easier.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

New top ice text effect generators

I have just published four new top class ice text effects. They are in our most famous and used set of text effect generators: Online Text Effects.

Now this catalog has ten high quality ice text effects. Having so many different styles to choose from, I'm very confident you can find an ice effect suitable to your needs.

Below I show you two great examples created by using these new ice text renderers (click the image to see it in real size). Even many of our beta testers got impressed how particularly this white ice effect can create very realistic results.

There is a shortcut to see directly the ice effects with no need to scroll the page with more than 230 different effect creators. You can go directly to the list of Ice Text Effects.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Painting photos on canvas

I'm working hard to bring a new unpublished feature to Picture to People.

If everything goes right, my new realistic painting photo effect will be able to paint on several kinds of canvas.

The user will be able to choose divers kinds of canvas to be used as media and also there will be several interesting configuration options. This will bring countless possibilities to create new styles of artistic pieces based on photos.

Below I show you two experimental examples of painting on canvas I have created recently.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

New realistic photo painting effect

In last two years, I have researched a lot about artistic photo effects that imitate sketch, drawing and painting like made by human hands.

Since I started that efforts, I have made several amazing discoveries that turned possible top class paint effects like these ones:
Now, after a long experience creating and implementing such algorithms, I'm using the knowledge I acquired to create a new impressive photo into painting converter. I hope it can achieve a new degree of fidelity to the original picture.

Despite it's still under development, below I show you an example of how this new paint renderer can produce amazingly detailed pieces of art, keeping the original shapes and colors.

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Text effect tutorials (18)

It's the traditional list of text effect tutorials published in previous month at my blog of Free Text Effects.

- realistic "under construction" text effect;
- a 3D metallic graffiti text effect;
- a bumpy glass text effect;
- a realistic wild nature text effect;

Those tutorials give you the nice text effect images shown below (you can see each image in real size at the related tutorial page):

You can create thousands of amazing text effects by using the Free Online Text Generators offered by Picture to People project.

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