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Q&A: installing photoshop on a web server?

Posted on March 9, 2011
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Question by John L: installing photoshop on a web server?
I want to have a website where someone can type in the text say “Albert Einstein”, and an image is generate on my server that puts texts effects on that text using photoshop. The effects would be predefined (say a bevel and a drop shadow).

Is this possible? How would I go about doing it?

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Answer by cheeky
I’m sure it can’t be done as you will have to link up from your own computer, As far as I know you could open another site as a dummyone and upload what you want to that and do a link from the website, this is only a logical guess, perhaps someone else knows

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2 Responses to “Q&A: installing photoshop on a web server?”

  1. two pi on March 10th, 2011 12:08 am

    It’s possible to do this, but probably not with photoshop. There’s two main ways to do it. You can use a Java applet to get the effect. The Java applet loads the original graphic, does manipulations to the image, and produces the output. All the work is done on the client machine. It’s kind of a pain to find Java Applets and make them work, but this is not difficult to do if you understand Java programming. You could do something similar with flash or processing.js (A new JavaScript implementation of the graphics manipulation language ‘processing’) Now that I think of it, there’s a java processing plugin too, but you need to understand some programming

    http://www.processing.org

    The other approach is on the server. You’d have to write a program to do the graphics manipulation on the server before the page is presented to the client. PHP has access to a built-in library called ‘gd’ that can do everything you’re talking about, and it can also call processing externally.

    Photoshop is meant to be manipulated dynamically on a single client. It isn’t really intended for this type of work, but Gimp (an open-source photoshop clone) does have a scripting language that can be run from the command line.

    Good luck to you!

  2. doumbek on March 10th, 2011 12:09 am

    This is done, and MORE, with ImageMagick. I do it all the time for clients. :-)

    http://www.imagemagick.org

    There are interfaces for perl, php, C++ . . . . and examples.

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