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This page has general informations about Picture to People online tools. Most applications have specific tips at their pages and occasionally those particular informations can override these generic ones.

If you have more doubts or need some extra help, have a look at the Picture to People discussion group. If you can't find there an answer for your problem, post a question to get support.

To have the best experience when using the Picture to People site, please regard these important tips presented below:

  • To run our text effect generators and photo effect editors correctly, you must use our site with Javascript enabled in your browser.

  • Many of our effect generators have dynamic data to be set. If you navigate to one of these online softwares directly from a search engine, for example, the page can be loaded with incomplete data, so you can get wrong results or an error message. Most of these effect generators have a link to the related effect catalog page. There you can choose any effect you want and open its page correctly. Most sofwares have example images that are loaded dynamically. Missing sample images can be a strong sign of an incorrect or incomplete page being accessed.

  • For all Picture to People graphic generators, you must wait for the complete page load before requesting an effect calculation. Asking for a result from an incomplete page usually generates an error answer. If you receive an error message about an invalid effect name, for example, possibly you clicked the "Calculate effect" button while the page was just partially formed.

  • For most image effects, you must upload JPG, PNG or GIF files. For each online photo effect tool, there is a label just above the upload button informing which file formats are allowed.

  • The maximum upload size is 5MB. Any bigger file can be refused, so the effect will not be calculated (it's important to control the individual traffic). If you need, reduce your image size before uploading it to our server.

  • Apart of the file size, if you upload an image with too many pixels, it probably will be reduced before the effect calculation. In this case, you will receive back an image that is smaller than the one you uploaded.

  • No input or output image is saved in server hard drive, what is a very important project decision concerning efficiency and security. For most effects, you will receive the result image in a simple empty page got from a stream, what makes possible to send the final image to you without recording it in file system. If you have any problem when using the "save" button/menu of your browser, catch the result image by enforcing a file download by using the "Download Result" button (for some online graphic applications the button label can be a little different).

  • We offer thousands of free online graphic effects. Yes, thousands! It's not an overstatement. To have a better idea about the effect generators we have already released, have a careful look at the bottom menu (many of that links take you to a page with a big list of effects).

  • Professional level Computer Graphics effects don't come easily. In general, P2P procedural effects need very memory and time intensive calculations, what is intrinsic to them. Usually they take from some seconds to kind of one or two minutes to be calculated, depending on the chosen effect and the input image.

  • After you ask for an effect calculation, respect the warning message that says to you wait for the result. You probably will get your result in one or two minutes at most, so be patient. If you click the "back" button of your browser or refresh the page, you will lose your request and will need to start again.

  • Concerning the text effects, you should know that a lot of fonts are not perfect, because they have wrong, lacking or inconsistent data in their original files. Some possible consequences are: 1) absence of lower case or upper case letters; 2) absence of some characters; 3) partial truncation of first and/or last letter of a text. If you get some strange result using a font, very probably it's not a P2P error. Try the same effect with some other fonts and probably you will have a correct result.

  • When you go to use a text effect generator, your language can be relevant. Below there is the list of languagues that are fully supported by our online text makers:

    • Afrikaans;
    • Albanian;
    • Basque;
    • Breton;
    • Catalan;
    • Corsican;
    • Danish;
    • English (UK and US);
    • Faroese;
    • Galician;
    • German;
    • Icelandic;
    • Indonesian;
    • Irish (new orthography);
    • Italian;
    • Latin (basic classical orthography);
    • Leonese;
    • Luxembourgish (basic classical orthography);
    • Malay;
    • Manx;
    • Norwegian (Bokmål and Nynorsk);
    • Occitan;
    • Portuguese;
    • Rhaeto-Romanic;
    • Scottish Gaelic;
    • Spanish;
    • Swahili;
    • Swedish;
    • Walloon.

  • That's the list of languagues that are almost fully supported (missing few characters) by our online text generators:

    • Catalan;
    • Czech;
    • Dutch;
    • Estonian;
    • Finnish;
    • French;
    • Hungarian;
    • Irish (traditional orthography);
    • Latin with macrons;
    • Maori;
    • Turkish;
    • Welsh.

  • If your language is not in the list, you still can use the online text creators, but you can get wrong results when generating texts with special letters or symbols. Furthermore, no matter Picture to People text effect tools can process the more uncommon chars of the cited languages, the softwares still depend on the font file data to know how to draw such chars. It means that if you choose a font that doesn't implement any char of your language, that char can be rendered as an empty space, a square or whatever the font data contains for that symbol (even nothing).

  • If you have problems rendering more complex texts, you can choose the Arial or Tahoma fonts, because for sure they have all characters for the fully supported languages (and most for the partially supported ones). They are not artistic or special fonts, but at least you can create the text effect with the correct spelling.

  • Several text effects don't work well with some kinds of fonts or some sizes. Anyway, every available font can be used at least with some effects giving good results. You need to use the effects to understand their behavior and find the effect/font combinations you like most. As an example, there are some effects that simply don't work with thin typographical styles (the reasons involve a lot of Math). When it's the case, be sure to choose a thick font face to get better results.

  • The bigger the image you use as input for an effect, the more time its calculation will last. Don't upload large images if you don't need they large.

  • One easy, understandable and still useful way to change the final result of an effect is to make some smart preprocessing of the input photo. Changes in bright, contrast and histogram, for example, are very simple to get and can improve drastically the final result depending on the chosen effect and the result you are looking for. The more you use the effects, the more confortable you get about what you need to make to achieve the results you want.

  • You can get very nice and even unexpected results by mixing individual effects. Think about using the output image of an effect as the input image for another one if you feel it could give you a beautiful art. It's always interesting to use the imagination and try something not obvious.

  • Since we offer a huge number of text effects and most of them can be used with more than 400 different font faces, sometimes it can be a little tricky to find the best options to your needs. You could get suggestions of interesting text designs or logos by having a look at this blog about text effect tutorials.

  • Despite we already have by far the world's biggest set of online graphic tools, it's just the beginning. We are professional Computer Graphics developers and we make everything from scratch. Our softwares are exclusive and we can create almost everything we imagine. To keep up to date with P2P new releases and improvements, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or subscribe to our discussion group.


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