1. FPDF smooth drop shadow support

    After searching for a way to create smooth drop-shadows for Rect elements in FPDF and experimenting with various gradients i could not come up with a satisfying result. So i inspected some PDFs created from Inkscape and Adobe Illustrator and found out that those nice, smooth drop shadows are actually bitmaps rendered & placed behind the particular boxes or elements.

    So I am using GD Lib and ImageMagick to do the same:

    • Create a black box, the same width/height ratios as the box to be drawn.
    • Save this as a PNG file, with alpha transparency turned on.
    • Use ImageMagick to blur the image.
    • Put the image on the PDF.
    • Draw the Rect over it.
    • Success!

    I know, this is a very crude, slow & cumbersome way to do this, but at least it works reliably. I also write this blog posting to give and ask for some suggestions how this might be done better. Please contact me if you know how.

    I created a new PHP-Class, which may be downloaded here.


    $pdf = new PDF_RectShadow();

    This produces a Rect like this:


    An PDF-example can be seen here.

  2. Carrot

    Made this carrot some months ago, also for my daughter.


    The pattern is from Kristi, see her amazing blog here.

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