Not related to teaching, but I needed a little snippet of code earlier this week that would create a PNG image using PHP for another site that I’m working on. I was working on creating open graph tags for several of the pages and wanted to use solid color swatches.
The GD library made it pretty easy.
The first 3 lines define the red, green and blue values in the range between 0 and 255, inclusive. For the actual site I used mod_rewrite so that the filename matched the color requested. But for a demo, this is close enough.
imagecreate creates an empty image that’s then filled with the defined color.
content-type header of
image/png is sent to the browser so that it knows it’s a PNG image.
The data is then sent, the image is destroyed and the script ends with
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