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, August 29, 2013

Creating chalkboard drawings from logos

Recently P2P received a new free online tool that is able to create amazing chalkboard drawings from photos.

However, many users don't know this software is versatile and also can generate great chalk art from some kinds of vector based drawings. You can, for example, turn a logo into a nice chalk drawing made in a board. You can even turn a nice image of a text into an useful chalk piece of art.

It's reasonably normal generating some geometric artifacts when rendering based on vector images. If you mind about this, you can minimize this behavior by disabling the "Color improvement" option, or at least don't using the value "Smart".

Below you see a black and white logo turned into a chalk drawing twice. Now we have that logo drawn on a chalkboard (the margin is optional).

Now I show you an artistic text transformed into a text written on a chalkboard in two different styles (you can generate it with no margin).

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

The feasiability of animated effects

Recently I have made some basic tests evaluating the possibility of creating some animated text effects. In fact, I was analyzing the feasibility of such effects by using current technologies.

Unfortunately, the first tests were no promising. Of course, I will not use flash, so the natural choice to create animated text effects that could be used online is GIF format, what offers animation capabilities.

Despite it's still useful, GIF is an old format with several limitations that don't make sense nowadays. Despite I have made simple tests, it seems that it would not be easy to create any kind of professional animation with this technology. When I tell "professional", I don't mean complex animations. They could be trivial, since the graphic quality was high.

The only other self-contained option that could be used in internet is APNG format. It's a little better that GIF for my purposes, but currently most browsers doesn't support it natively. I have found several problems and no good solution.

I'm still developing a lot of "still graphic effects", so I don't have much time yet to go deeper into these questions. Anyway, probably I still have a long way until I can release animated effects in Picture to People.

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Free chalk drawing photo effect

It was just released the newest P2P online photo effect tool. By using it, you can turn your favorite photos and other kinds of images into amazing high fidelity chalk drawings.

This "virtual chalkboard" lets you draw photos by using several types of chalk and stroke styles in a very realistic way. As usual concerning P2P softwares, it's very easy to use, so you don't need to have design skills). Try the Realistic Chalk Drawing Photo Effect now.

Below you see a photo and two different chalkboard drawings generated by using two different styles available in the software. In both cases, I have used a big margin to make the result more beautiful, but you have the option of not using margin at all (in my opinion, the margin makes the effect look more like a real piece of art). These chalk renderings are very nice, so it's worthy clicking them to see in a bigger size.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Text effect tutorials (17)

Have a look at the text effects I taught in previous month at the blog about Online Text Effects Tutorials.

- a deep 3D text effect with letters overlap;
- a molten lava text effect;
- a scary dracula text effect;
- a super cold glacial text effect;

Following these tutorials, you can create very useful graphic texts as shown below:

You don't need to have design skills to create these nice text effects. Subscribe to this Text Effect Tutorials feed.

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Developing a new online graffiti text generator

I'm working very hard to create a new world class graffiti text generator. In some way, it will be a complementary software to the graffiti text creator we have already published.

I'm excited about this new renderer, because probably it will be a great success. It has been made mainly taking in account the many suggestions I have received from our users concerning how the ideal graffiti effect should be. I'm also trying to incorporate some creative ideas I had these last months.

It has been very hard to make, mainly because many of its operations are not easy to calculate and I can't let it take too long to finish the results. Other challenge is to create a great software able to create several useful kinds of graffitis, but without too many or complex parameters.

Despite there are many problems to be solved, I'm confident I will be able to create a great tool, so I will continue putting a big effort on this. Anyway Picture to People already has a very cool, advanced and powerful Online 3D graffiti text maker.

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