A standard installation of PHP has many built-in functions for dynamically creating and manipulating images. With a few adjustments, you can expand the functionality even more. In this chapter, you learn the basics of creating and manipulating images using PHP functions:
How to modify PHP to increase image-related functionality
How to create a new image
How to modify existing images
Creating an image with PHP is not like creating an image with a drawing program: There’s no pointing and clicking or dragging buckets of color into a predefined space to fill your image. Similarly, there’s no Save As functionality, in which your drawing program automatically creates a GIF, JPEG, PNG, ...