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Author:  josh [ Sun Nov 06, 2005 1:53 pm ]
Post subject:  watermarking, transparency problem

I have a 200 X 200 pixel watermark, and a 4,000 X 4,000 destination image. I want to copy the watermark ontop of the destination image and stretch the watermark, so I resample the watermark:

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$watermark = imagecreatetruecolor($width_photo_orig, $height_photo_orig);

$watermark_orig = imagecreatefrompng('watermark.png');

imageAlphaBlending($watermark_orig, false);

imageSaveAlpha($watermark_orig, true);

imagecopyresampled($watermark, $watermark_orig, 0, 0, 0, 0, $width_photo_orig, $height_photo_orig, $width_water_orig, $height_water_orig);

Problem is now the watermark is black where it should be transparent because imagecreatetruecolor creates a black image. Then the transparency was simply lost, now watermarking this image creates a black image with a watermark overriding my original photo. Is there a way for imagecreatetruecolor to produce a transparent image to start with, or for imagecopyresample to preserve transparency?

Author:  onion2k [ Mon Nov 07, 2005 7:47 am ]
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It sounds a bit mad, but you need to set imageAlphaBlending($watermark_orig, true); rather than false, and remove the imageSaveAlpha($watermark_orig, true); line altogether.

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        $file = "wm.jpg"; // Original image to have watermark applied to it.

        $wm = "watermark.png"; // Watermark image

        $image = imagecreatefromjpeg($file);

        imagealphablending($image,true); // Tell PHP to use alpha blending when the destination image is $image


        $wm_image = imagecreatefrompng($wm);


        header("Content-type: image/jpeg");



Obviously that code applies the watermark directly to the image instead of going via an image created with imagecreatetruecolour(). If you really need to do that I have an imagecreatetruecolortransparent() function that should do the job ..
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function imagecreatetruecolortransparent($x,$y) {

                $i = imagecreatetruecolor($x,$y);

                $b = imagecreatefromstring(base64_decode(blankpng()));




                return $i;


        function blankpng() {


                $c .= "dHdhcmUAQWRvYmUgSW1hZ2VSZWFkeXHJZTwAAADqSURBVHjaYvz//z/DYAYAAcTEMMgBQAANegcCBNCg";

                $c .= "dyBAAA16BwIE0KB3IEAADXoHAgTQoHcgQAANegcCBNCgdyBAAA16BwIE0KB3IEAADXoHAgTQoHcgQAAN";

                $c .= "egcCBNCgdyBAAA16BwIE0KB3IEAADXoHAgTQoHcgQAANegcCBNCgdyBAAA16BwIE0KB3IEAADXoHAgTQ";

                $c .= "oHcgQAANegcCBNCgdyBAAA16BwIE0KB3IEAADXoHAgTQoHcgQAANegcCBNCgdyBAAA16BwIE0KB3IEAA";


                return $c;


        $image = imagecreatetruecolortransparent(200,200);


        header("Content-type: image/png");


Author:  onion2k [ Mon Nov 07, 2005 3:56 pm ]
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If you don't fancy resizing the watermark you could tile it over the image instead..

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        $file = "wm.jpg";

        $wm = "watermark.png";

        $image = imagecreatefromjpeg($file);


        $wm_image = imagecreatefrompng($wm);



        header("Content-type: image/jpeg");



Sadly you can't use imagefill() unless your image is blank to start with.. coz it's a fill and only goes up to boundaries..

Author:  johnrishaboye [ Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:36 am ]
Post subject:  Re: watermarking, transparency problem

nice informative post i like it....

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