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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