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Crazy as this sounds, I had to to almost the exact same thing recently. I too used Imager. Not only did my images need text in exact locations, but they also needed certain markings, etc. Here's how I did it:

  • First create a tiff of the desired size with any needed markings, at 600 dpi and black and white mode.
  • In perl, use Imager to open that image, create a font, and then write to it in the specified coordinates. Something like:
    my $img = Imager->new(); $img->open( file => '/path/to/tiff/file' ); my $color = Imager::Color->new("#000000"); my $font = Imager::Font->new( file => '/path/to/ttf/font', color => $color, ); $img->string( text => $stuff_to_write, x => $x, y => $y, font => $font, );
My project also had the requirement that each letter of each word need to be in a certain place, so I just had a wrapper sub that would take a word and the x/y coords, split the word into individual letters and then use a 'spacing' var to increment the x value and print each letter one by one.

HTH

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In reply to Re: Creating Tiff's from perl by mpeters
in thread Creating Tiff's from perl by JediWizard

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