For developers like Divyesh, one of the most popular features of PHP is real-time image generation. That is, we can create a new image canvas, "paint" it, and either save it to a file, or send it directly to the browser. In this article, Divyesh will show you how to create an image in real-time with PHP.
Generating Images on the Fly With PHP - The GD image library (Page 2 of 7 )
To generate images in real-time using PHP, we need to have the GD library installed. To make sure you have the GD library installed, create a new PHP page named checkgd.php in a directory on your web server. Enter the following code into checkgd.php:
Run the checkgd.php page on your web server. If you can find a section for the GD library (like in the sample shown below), then you have the GD library installed and ready to go:
Both of the links to installation instructions shown above use an older version of the GD library. This is because with the newer versions, any support for GIF images has been removed due to copyright infringements.
As mentioned at the beginning of this article, we will be creating an image that contains a random number, similar to the methods used by yahoo.com and paypal.com when you register to become a member.
So, now that we have the GD library installed as part of our PHP distribution, letís jump right in and create our first image.