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Automated "handwritten" text in images

 4:56 pm on Jan 6, 2006 (gmt 0)


while browsing some ... ahem... adult sites I stumbled accross site graphics, which obviously combined geotargeting with on-the-fly image generation in a way that the ... ahem... "lady" showed a legal pad with the "handwritten" notice "I luv [name of my current town]". A quick test with a proxy server confirmed that it was in fact a new "writing" for each geographical location.

While I know how geotargeting works, I wonder what compenents, skripts and tools are necessary to give the impression of handwritten signs while at the same time being fully automatically generated.

Any help?

P.S. No, I don't want to use it for a pr0n site :-)
P.P.S. Honestly



 5:03 pm on Jan 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

The experience has made your hand shake ..your spelling just took an uncustomary dive :))


 5:21 pm on Jan 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

It sounds like it's essentially Flash -- an extension of an application like sIFR -- where you just use some additional scripting to plug in the location text. I am not enough of a Flash guy to know how to program the animation part, but I assume it can be done relatively easily with actionscript.


 7:28 pm on Jan 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

It's a plain JPEG you can save without problems. Filename is always the same regardless of your location. No obvious use of Flash anywhere.

Technology application suitable for all-audiences can be seen on Letterjames, but they offer it as service not as script or component.


 7:40 pm on Jan 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

I misunderstood - thought the image was animated, not just automated.


 6:19 pm on Jan 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

In Perl (Image::Magick) it's very easy to add text (in a handwritten font) to an image and write the output instantly to a .jpg file.


 4:32 pm on Jan 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

OK, found another one and that had a comment in it:
CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), default quality

A quick query seem to indicate it has something to do with a PHP library. I am going to investiagte this further.


 10:16 am on Jan 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

its done using image magick or gd2 in php


 10:28 am on Jan 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yep! I found a few "handwriting" fonts on the web, and I talked to my PHP guy and he basically said "piece of cake". It needs a bit of adjusting with angles, saturation etc. but once this is set, everything else runs on automatic. Since I have road-signs in mind, this should be fairly easy.

Now I need to research on the geotargeting component...

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