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."

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Responsive web site development

I decided to make Picture to People site responsive. It's really a very painful task as usual for any web development job.

Despite Picture to People site is narrow to be easily used in mobiles, I know P2P project deserves a new site layout that looks more beautiful and professional according to dominant market concepts. So, there is no sense on creating a new site template and don't solve the responsiveness problem once for all.

After reading about many responsive frameworks, templates, grid systems, libraries and boilerplate implementations, I could see a lot of things that most of these solutions have, but I don't want, like for example:
- depend on development pipelines that use intermediate tools like LESS, Sass or whatever (even because these tools can depend on other tools like Node.js);
- use Javascript libraries, mainly external ones (like JQuery);
- use CSS 3 features, because they don't work on old browsers;
- use HTML 5 features, because they don't work on old browsers;
- have a lot of work to port my customized interface components to the chosen solution.

Besides, after making some tests with some responsive templates (from frameworks or not), I could see that none I could find adapts immediately to site layout I want. In other words, I would need to create my own template, what demands a deeper understanding of the related framework.

Since I couldn't find a really easy and encapsulated solution, I'm evaluating the possibilities, but I already know it will take a lot of time that I could use to research and develop new online graphic design apps.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Picture to People project future

Picture to People project is growing fast in number of users and number of image effects generated per day. The more the project grows, the more money is needed to keep it online satisfactorily.

I have no more doubt that I need to make something now, or, in a near future, the project will not be able to bear so many load, so most users will get unsatisfied.

Since I can't spend more of my own money with Picture to People, I decided to make two main things to collect more financial resources for the project:
1) properly monetize the site with a good number of ads;
2) ask for users donations.

According to my experience, ads don't make a big money, unless you have thousands of people clicking them, what usually is hard to get. Maybe because the ad networks I already tried don't offer really relevant products/services to my users.

That said, I really need to get donations for P2P. I'm planning a way to reward donators for their money. Probably I would need to create a "special" or "premium" area with exclusive design services. This area would be accessible just for donators. I'm still thinking about it.

By the way, I'm trying to finish the research of a new astonishing sketch photo effect generator that is even better than the very famous and professional sketch effects Picture to People already offers. Maybe I will keep it apart to be used by donators.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Text effect tutorials (41)

It's time to show some more text logo tutorials published at the Text Logo Creation Tutorials blog. Subscribe there to view all text effect tutorials earlier.

- a bloody Halloween text logo effect;
- a furry text logo effect;
- a realistic reflective chrome text effect logo.

These lessons teach you how to design these text effect logos (you can see bigger logos are at the original tutorials):

Design high level text effect logos as a pro easily with these top text logo creator apps.

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