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GD Library add text to image

GD Library add text to image

GD Library add text to image

Hi. Has anyone had any success with using the GD library to write text on an image. I have trawled the 'net and tried various methods but none will work. I have tried them all on 4 separate servers - all with GD enabled, FreeType Support enabled, FreeType Linkage  with FreeType, GetText Support enabled (if they are relevant). I have been able to create a border around an image but the text on image is still eluding me.
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.


RE: GD Library add text to image

what errors are being reported?  i don't remember this being difficult but have not tried for some time.

RE: GD Library add text to image

No errors, just the image remains unchanged.  

RE: GD Library add text to image

ok then. what code have you tried so far?   

RE: GD Library add text to image

this, for example, works fine for me



//get tektips logo
$im = imagecreatefromgif('http://www.tek-tips.com/images/logo.gif');

//get the image size
$w = imagesx($im);
$h = imagesy($im);

//now create the text on a new canvas (i've used identical sized canvases but in practice you probably will not want to do so)
$text = imagecreatetruecolor($w, $h);
//place some text at the top left
imagestring($text, 5, 0, 0, 'Tek-Tips', 0x0000FF);

// merge the two canvas
//set opacity to 50%
imagecopymerge($im, $text, 0, 0, 0, 0, $w, $h, 50);

// output the image
header('Content-Type: image/png');
imagedestroy ($text);

RE: GD Library add text to image

Yay it works.

Thankyou....Your blood is worth bottling.


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