5.5.15

imagechar

(PHP 4, PHP 5)

imagecharDraw a character horizontally

Description

bool imagechar ( resource $image , int $font , int $x , int $y , string $c , int $color )

imagechar() draws the first character of c in the image identified by image with its upper-left at x,y (top left is 0, 0) with the color color.

Parameters

image

An image resource, returned by one of the image creation functions, such as imagecreatetruecolor().

font

Can be 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 for built-in fonts in latin2 encoding (where higher numbers corresponding to larger fonts) or any of your own font identifiers registered with imageloadfont().

x

x-coordinate of the start.

y

y-coordinate of the start.

c

The character to draw.

color

A color identifier created with imagecolorallocate().

Return Values

Returns TRUE on success or FALSE on failure.

Examples

Example #1 imagechar() example

<?php

$im 
imagecreate(100100);

$string 'PHP';

$bg imagecolorallocate($im255255255);
$black imagecolorallocate($im000);

// prints a black "P" in the top left corner
imagechar($im100$string$black);

header('Content-type: image/png');
imagepng($im);

?>

The above example will output something similar to:

Output of example : imagechar()

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liam dot wiltshire at lineone dot net
5 years ago
A quick function to automatically generate a multi line image from a string, with the image size automatically calculated from the string itself.

<?php

function multilineimage($string){

   
// Probably not the best way of handling newlines, but bar OS9, doesn't really cause a problem
   
$string = str_replace("\r","",$string);
   
$string = explode("\n",$string);

   
$maxlen = 0;
    foreach (
$string as $str){
        if (
strlen($str) > $maxlen){
           
$maxlen = strlen($str);
        }
    }

   
// Set font size
   
$font_size = 4;

   
// Create image width dependant on width of the string
   
$width  = imagefontwidth($font_size)*$maxlen;
   
// Set height to that of the font
   
$height = imagefontheight($font_size) * count($string);
   
// Create the image pallette
   
$img = imagecreate($width,$height);
   
// Grey background
   
$bg    = imagecolorallocate($img, 205, 255, 255);
   
// White font color
   
$color = imagecolorallocate($img, 0, 0, 0);

   
$ypos = 0;

    foreach (
$string as $str){

       
$len = strlen($str);
        for(
$i=0;$i<$len;$i++){
           
// Position of the character horizontally
           
$xpos = $i * imagefontwidth($font_size);
           
// Draw character
           
imagechar($img, $font_size, $xpos, $ypos, $str, $color);
           
// Remove character from string
           
$str = substr($str, 1);  
        }
       
$ypos = $ypos + imagefontheight($font_size);  
    }

   
// Return the image
   
header("Content-Type: image/gif");
   
imagegif($img);
   
// Remove image
   
imagedestroy($img);
}

multilineimage("This is an image
This is line 2\nLine 3
Line 4"
);

?>
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sw at profilschmiede dot de
9 years ago
For the sake of completeness, here is an example for imagechar.
The base-image automatically adjusts to the size and the height of the given string. Using the rand()-function the y-position of each char is slightly varied with every loop-run. You can easily rewrite the script to use a randomly generated string - the one given here just serves as an example.

<?php

$string
= '1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F G';
$font_size = 5;
$width=imagefontwidth($font_size)*strlen($string);
$height=imagefontheight($font_size)*2;
$img = imagecreate($width,$height);
$bg = imagecolorallocate($img,225,225,225);
$black = imagecolorallocate($img,0,0,0);
$len=strlen($string);

for(
$i=0;$i<$len;$i++)
{
   
$xpos=$i*imagefontwidth($font_size);
   
$ypos=rand(0,imagefontheight($font_size));
   
imagechar($img,$font_size,$xpos,$ypos,$string,$black);
   
$string = substr($string,1);   
   
}
header("Content-Type: image/gif");
imagegif($img);
imagedestroy($img);
?>
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