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Hi Imager developers,
I'm new to this list, so please let me introduce myself:
- occasional perl user/developer since ~ 10 years
- OO using Java (and perl) since 4 years and in the future
Thanks to all Imager developers for giving it to me and the world!
Nice work and MUCH better than GD. It's near to replace photoshop/
gimp when it comes to batch/programmed jobs. Hey, I really like it!
Note, that I'm just a USER of Imager, don't expect me to have the
neccessary knowledge to enhance it, I can only ask for/suggest
My actual fun-project using Imager is sort of a plot and, though
I have several other ways to proceed, I'm missing one feature in
Imager, that photoshop and gimp have (and GD incorrectly claims to
have): drawing with a brush.
You all know, what photoshop/gimp can do with brushes: draw
points, lines, polylines using a little image, typically more
opaque in the center and transparent in the outer regions. The brush
is grayscale with transparency. The essential point is: along a
line the brush image is not stupidly used pixel for pixel to
overdraw, what is in the image already, as with GD. Instead the
outer regions along the line have the brush transparency preserved
so that a nice antialiased line is drawn over the image.
The stupid GD approach (draw the first pixel of the line with the
brush, then draw the next pixel over what GD just had drawn ...)
ends up in a nearly opaque line, regardless of the transparency
of brush pixels.
Remember, I'm NOT an expert at all, but I believe, one way to go
- have a temporary grayscale buffer for the line to draw,
initialized to all transparent
- draw the brush pixels only there, where the buffer is more
transparent or more light
- copy the buffer onto the image with transparency (rubthrough)
and in the requested foreground color
Do you have a plan to add brush drawing? If not, is there any taker
(sorry, I WOULD be a taker, but I CAN'T)? A new 'brush=>$brush_img'
parameter would be neccessary in several places.
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PS: The fun project (a fancy year calendar with HTML map support
in pre-alpha state) to be contributed to the Imager project,
when it's some day beta or better.