An even more fundamental question is: How do I generate a "blank" image that I can draw on?
I'll take that one first (reference: perl-magick
-- search for "xc" in the Examples section):
my $image = Image::Magick->new();
See also this formats
page for what IM takes (XC is listed there as well as some built-in images and patterns).
Annotate will suffice, but I'm still puzzled that the Draw doesn't work.
me too.. i guess it's just another IM inconsistancy .. (note at least in the http://imagemagick.org/script/perl-magick.php|docs] that Draw doesn't list a 'text' parameter)
My other question is: how do I generate 50% transparent text?
umm.. no clue.. But i suspect if there is an answer it might be on this site: ImageMagick v6 Examples
-- seems like a very good collection of faq/how-to's...